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Alumni Profile: Sean Murphy, MA Graphic Design Communication

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Published date 04 January 2016

Sean Murphy Graduated from MA Graphic Design Communication in 2015 and has already gone on to set up his own design company ‘Kind Studio’ in Brixton.

Here he talks about his time on the course and his vision for the future of Graphic Design Communication.

“I chose to apply for the MA Graphic Design Communication course at Chelsea because I enjoyed studying there on my art foundation course and I wanted to experiment and try new things for another year before I joined the industry.

There were a lot of extra-curricular opportunities available on the course and a real diversity of students who became my friendship group.

Completing the MA completely changed my practice, I came from a traditional print and branding BA course, then on the MA course I worked a lot with physical prototyping, Arduino and making which is something I am very interested in now.

I work a lot more with 3D materials and making now, I have realised the importance of digital design and the possibilities of using technology and interaction as a tool to draw the user in.

Graphic Design Communication is a hugely important subject area. What makes us human is our ability to communicate. Graphic Design is a transitionary period where digital is taking over (if not already) from analogue methods. It is necessary to maintain constant stimulus and interaction to keep the users interested who are evermore demanding about the experiences they require and expect.

'Storyboard' by Sean Murphy, 2015

‘Storyboard’ by Sean Murphy, 2015

After graduating I set up a design studio called ‘Kind’ in Brixton which I now run with James Richards. This has been a huge achievement for me since graduating this year. We are working on a wide range of things at the moment. A digital redesign for an architect, a workshop archival system for a theatre group and a single and album campaign for Polydor Records. We are also building a cash machine, which dispenses local currency for the Brixton Pound using a re-purposed vending machine.

My advice for someone considering an MA in Graphic Design Communication would be to do something that you have always wanted to do, take risks, forget about the outcome, grab every opportunity that arises, don’t waste time, take in as much as you can and make the most of it.”

'Storyboard', Sean Murphy, 2015

‘Storyboard’, Sean Murphy, 2015

You can see more of Sean’s work here:

Website: www.kindstudio.co.uk

Twitter: @kind_studio

Instagram: @kind_studio

Blog: www.seanmurphy.co.uk

Find out more about MA Graphic Design Communication on the course page of our website.