Lizzie Toole – PgDip Design for Visual Communication

Lizzie Toole studied PgDip Design for Visual Communication at LCC, graduating in 2012. We caught up with her to find out about her time at LCC, why she chose her course and what she's been up to since graduating.

Hi Lizzie! Could you please let us know where you're from in the world?

I'm from Hertfordshire, England.

Why did you choose to study the PgDip Design for Visual Communication course at LCC?

Before LCC, I studied a BA in Publishing Media and as part of that course I had the opportunity to explore editorial design. I enjoyed that introduction into design and wanted to develop my skills as a designer – so I chose the PgDip Design for Visual Communication course at LCC.

What are your fondest memories of LCC?

The buzz of the College, especially near hand-ins. There is a lack of pretence at LCC which I really appreciated. The friends I made there are some of my favourite people. And the extra-curricular lectures were fantastic too!

What are you working at the moment?

I’m currently working with Double Decker – a curating/branding studio in east London.

Could you describe your style or what you try to achieve with your designs?

I try to communicate information innovatively. I'm not a graphic designer, but what I've learnt at LCC has been invaluable – communicating visually is key to what I do.

Name three things you couldn't be creative without:

Creative, like-minded people around me. Research. A notebook.

If you could work with any client in the world, who would it be and what would you want to design?

I’d love to curate or design an exhibition at Fundació Joan Miro in Barcelona. It's a really incredible space.

Tell us about your future plans and ambitions:

I plan to continue to follow where my curiosity takes me and try to not question it! I think for me fulfilment is working hard with talented people on projects that I believe in.

Ultimately, I want to keep learning and keep interested in what I'm doing, whatever that may be. Anthony Burrill's mantra ‘WORK HARD & BE NICE TO PEOPLE’ is absolutely something to strive for too!

What three words would you use to best describe LCC?

Fun. Supportive. Facilities.

What piece of advice would you give to new students?

Dive in and commit. Pursue what interests you, not what you think should interest you. Support each other. Ask questions. It'll be over before you know it and you'll get out of it as much as you put in.

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

The Barbican Centre. If you're under 25 you can sign-up to be a Young Barbican for free and get cheap tickets to exhibitions, cinema, dance, theatre and live music.