Paul Jenkins – BA (Hons) Graphic & Media Design
Paul Jenkins graduated from BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design in 2010 and hit the ground running since leaving London College of Communication.
Paul is now founder and creative director of Triple Double, a studio that 'uses design to help solve people’s problems – design that adds value'. We contacted him to find out about Triple Double, his time on the course and what advice he'd give to students.
Hi Paul! Can you describe your work in your own words please?
I'd say I'm an unconventional and collaborative designer, working on any project that excites me and across all communication mediums.
Where are you working at the moment and what are some recent interesting projects you’ve worked on?
Since starting Triple Double I've been able to work with some great clients and people including Airbnb, Design Museum, The Sorrell Foundation and Wellcome Collection. To name a few current projects, I'm currently launching a project looking to create and design a future sport, tying in with the Rio 2016 Olympics and helping a journalist with their comedy tour stage visuals.
What is the most important thing you learned while studying on your course?
Become someone with many hats with fingers in many pies – become someone that helps people.
How has the course helped you be where you are today?
The course, including the structured DPS year out in industry, gave me the thinking and doing skills to use as a spring board as a graduate to land first jobs within the industry, moving through to several others before starting my own studio.
How did you first becoming involved with the Print Futures Awards?
My tutor Sarah Temple sent it around to the year out students at the time, and I thought why not. I'm a big believer in making your own luck and if you try hard you will eventually make it.
How did you feel when you found out you'd been selected as one of the winners?
It was the same week as my degree results so I was very shocked when I got the telephone call saying I was one of the winners. I was very happy just being one of the finalists.
What piece of advice would you give to new students?
Help other people through design – other students, tutors and your eventual clients. Be original, don't follow trends – create your own and do projects that you can really add value to.
Name three things you couldn't be creative without:
People. Basketball. Food.
What drives you to succeed?
Success is different for everyone, big advertising agencies through to small start ups. I'm driven by working on projects that I can add real value to, rather than awards – that's how I would define success.