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CDI provides opportunities for young talented graphic designers

Monday, 26 November 2018  
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The CDI has been working in 2018 with some young talented graphic designers on some of our projects – these students and recent graduates are great examples of the abundance of emerging talent we have in South Africa.

These opportunities are giving talented youth the chance to get some real working experience, while at the same time they are exploring their own personal projects and commissions through a free hot desk and access to a design software suite provided by the CDI.

This month we caught up with Carmen Jacobs; who’s journey this year included three months at the CDI.

What inspired/appealed to you about studying in the field of Graphic Design?

I’ve always dreamed of becoming an Animator, and as I was growing up and through research, I learnt that Graphic Design was an imperative skill in pursuing it as a career. Thus, my development in the field began. As my knowledge broadened, my interests extended in other areas of Graphic Design such as Illustration, Digital Collaging and Digital Painting – I followed this path more exclusively than Animation and started freelancing as a Digital Artist. Apart from investing myself in digital media, I often explore with traditional media like Portrait Painting, Mural Painting, Street Art and Pencil and Ink Sketching.

What was your experience of working with the CDI like?

I enjoyed my working experience with the CDI team. I learnt that the group dynamic within the Design field in a corporate establishment is comprised of various responsibilities that don’t involve creative aspects only. Through this, I expanded my abilities to communicate, evaluate and assist more effectively as freelance designer working in a team.

What inspires you?

As a practical person, I constantly gain my inspiration from nature. The way it consistently develops and adapts itself to sudden conditions and through that process, introducing environmental renaissance. I’d like to think that my design process is much like nature’s reproduction cycle and, through this harmonised cycle, I continue to progress and improve and engage in applying my creativity to produce concepts and solve design problems efficiently with contemporary design.

What are your next steps?

I would like focus on using my design to skills to teach talented underprivileged kids and teens how they can use their creative skills to thrive on a creative career. Living in a community where art and design is frowned upon and only certain academic subjects and competitive sports are prioritised, I feel that there aren’t enough creative facilities to combat the lack of practical activities that develop one’s artistic abilities; and neither is there enough support for art in providing solutions for decreasing the unemployment rate in undeveloped communities.

If you are interested in learning more about Carmen’s work or acquiring her services as a designer:


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