Massey graduate Aidan Turvey shares some tips on how to break into the industry
Aidan Turvey is an extremely talented, young Graphic Designer, currently working with Designworks in their Auckland office. He has worked across various projects ranging from re-branding a primary school all by himself to working on brands like Silver Fern Farms & Anchor.

He graduated from Massey in 2010, with a Bachelor on Design.  

What was your path to the industry?

My first design related job was working for Massey University on their student magazine “Satellite” and also as a part time lecturer. Satellite was a really fun job to work on because I had full creative license over the entire publication. I made a lot of mistakes while making it which was good because I learnt fast.

My first ‘real’ design job however was working for the Herald in the marketing team. I actually saw the ad in the newspaper and applied straight away.

What were some of the most helpful aspects of your university course?

Our lecturer Jason Ristau was particularly awesome as he really got us thinking laterally and conceptually. He pushed us to develop our ideas further into deep, fully formed concepts. A skill that can be applied to any job small or big.

There was also a focus on really crafting your work. The difference that some extra bit of crafting or finishing can make is huge.

Massey also provided quite a few scholarships. There were some amazing scholarships to go to places like Harvard and Oxford. I was lucky enough to be granted a scholarship but I decided to stay back and have enjoyed working in the industry ever since.

The course helped me make lots of designer friends, people that I still bounce ideas off and collaborate with. They are the best!

What is one of your most memorable projects?

My final year project I wrote and designed a book about emergency currencies in 4 weeks! No sleep!
What I really enjoyed was learning about a subject you wouldn't necessarily look into otherwise. (Just like an actor prepares for a role) I learned some fascinating stuff about foreign currencies and that really inspired me in the design process.

Top 3 tips you can give fresh graduates looking for a job or an internship

1. Keep doing work, even if you haven't found anything don't stop creating things!

2. Keep your portfolio up to date

3. Try and network both online and offline. Networking is very important, and especially in a small place like NZ, you can really benefit from it.

Favourite NZ designers / Illustrators / artist?

I love Marx Design
Alt Group
Inhouse & Strategy Design
Rob Turvey  
Dick Frizzel

Here's some of Aidan's work. Aidan's profile and portfolio can be found here on Creative Connect.