Jo Kotas – BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design

Jo Kotas studied BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design at London College of Communication and graduated in 2002.

Where are you from in the world?


What are your fondest memories of LCC?

The year out in the industry was invaluable. Everyone has a degree these days but experience is like gold dust when you graduate. Its really worth putting in the effort to do research and pester the companies your really want to work for. Also see it as an opportunity to travel. I went to New York for two months during my year out. It was amazing.

How does it feel to be back at LCC as an Associate Lecturer?

Its wonderful. Its great when you see progression and development that you've been a part of, and students are incredibly inspirational. It can get quite exhausting working with people who have been jaded by their experience in the industry, so a blast of youthful enthusiasm is just fantastic to experience.

What does your role as Creative Director at Meme Partnership involve?

It involves:

  • Strategic planning and development (creative, digital and social)
  • Concept development
  • Design & art direction Partner / artist relations
  • Curation Pitch & presentation
  • Communications
  • Public speaking
  • Creative management

If you could collaborate creatively with anybody in the world who would it be?

I have a whole list!

What excites you about working in design today?

The fact that we're emerging from the recession and that so many people I know are coming up with their own creative ventures. That sense of entrepreneurship excites me most at the moment. What drives you to succeed?

I don't think its a need to succeed so much as a desire to work on interesting innovative projects with great people. When you have the two things together that thing called 'success' should follow. In theory! But its about the process as much as the end result. You can learn a lot along with way, which is in itself a great success.

Name three things you couldn't be creative without:

A pen, paper and some head space. 

What three words would you use to best describe LCC?

Exciting. Inspiring. White.

What would you say are the greatest challenges for designers today?

Technology is a bit of a beast. It's wonderful but sucks the soul out of you and clouds your mind with shortcuts and constant instant messages. Its good to switch everything off sometimes.

What piece of advice would you give to new students?

Make the most of every moment at LCC as you can't return to the same experience later on. It'll be gone in a flash. 

Where in London do you go when you need a little inspiration?

Galleries and private views usually do the trick.


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