Interaction, Motion, Environment & Print Designer Christine Charnock
It’s always great to come across emerging talents across the North West, whether they be at university or working freelance. This mornings feature involves Salford student Chistine Charnock, who is steadily building up an impressive portfolio of art and design. What’s for certain, she is definitely one to watch for the future. Here’s more from Christine herself:
“I’m a designer from Wigan and soon-to-be graduate of BA (Hons) Design for Digital Media at the University of Salford. I like creative things, crafts, baking, reading and drinking tea! I am passionate about creating exciting designs and visuals for interactivity, motion, environment and print. I am always keen to learn and explore different ways of creating visuals – working digitally, handcrafted, or using a variety of mixed media in order to answer the project brief in an successful and engaging manner.
Every project starts off with doodles, idea generation and research. From this, I then document progress and outcomes through my blog. Using a blog is really helpful, and I use it as a kind of digital sketchbook. It’s interesting to look back over the project and see how ideas have evolved and developed over time.
I am inspired by many studios, designers and illustrators, and since discovering Pinterest, I have found a fantastic way to collate a range of inspiring imagery. I’ve always loved to create collages with photos torn out from magazines and textures and patterns from wallpaper and gift-wrap scraps, but it’s great to have a digital way of doing this too. I also adore books, and I have now got quite a collection dedicated to design, illustration and technical content. Just browsing through fascinating content away from the computer screen is really enjoyable, inspiring and thought provoking.
Keeping busy and getting involved with different creative opportunities is something I’m always keen to do. I think it’s really important to gain industry experience through freelance projects, live briefs, placements and internships. Each gives you an exiting, unique and valuable insight into the creative industry.
I have been busy working on a number of projects recently. For my university Final Major Project I was set a brief by Manchester creative studio The Neighbourhood. It’s been fantastic to get feedback, advice and input from some of the creatives there. The project has got a handcrafted and set design approach to it, and has been very fun and experimental. The final outcomes of that will be available to view in May!
I have also just done some work for the People’s History Museum in Manchester, where I created a promotional poster and motion piece for a family-friendly Spring event. I also generated the branding and interactive design for an exhibition titled ‘Type Tarts’ that took place at MediaCityUK in February. I’m involved as a Heritage & Design Volunteer for the Museum of Wigan Life, and I’m also working on a number of smaller live briefs, competition briefs and personal projects.
I’m really excited about the future, keen to learn and would love to work within a multidisciplinary creative studio. If you’d like to work with me or find out more, I’d love to hear from you.”