Simon Phan is an alumni of BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design at LCC. He is an illustrator at risograph design studio Kho Muc in Vietnam. He talks to us about the opportunities that came out of completing a Diploma in Professional Studies in his third year.
Which course did you study at LCC?
I graduated in 2013 from BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design, majoring in Illustration.
Tell us about your current role and what you're currently working on
I co-founded Kho Muc Studio in September 2018. It's a small print studio specialising in risograph in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
What made you choose the Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) opportunity?
As an international student I wanted to get to know more about the creative market in London and how creative studios are run.
Where did you go for your DPS year? Tell us a little bit about your experience:
I started my DPS year with an internship at the New Statesman magazine. This is where I developed my interest in editorial design and got a closer look into how a magazine works.
Another incredible internship during my DPS year was assisting the designer Ryan Todd with his illustration project for the London 2012 Olympics. In 2013 Ryan then asked me to help out with his studio booth for the Pick Me Up Fair at Somerset House.
What's the most important thing you learned from doing the DPS year?
The way things work in different environments. I was lucky enough to have worked at a big company as well as small independent studios.
How did DPS alter your future ambitions?
By giving me one year's work experience added to my CV. DPS definitely helped to boost my confidence and has got me through the interview stage for most of my job applications since graduation.
Would you recommend a DPS year to other students and if so, why?
Absolutely. This is a great chance to reflect on what you’ve learnt so far in academic study. DPS can help you to apply your skills and to examine your personal interests and practice.
It will be a tough year, but in exchange you'll grow and understand more about yourself through your likes and dislikes within a professional environment.
What advice would you give to students applying for the DPS year?
To be brave and present your best self through your portfolio. Things won’t be perfect at the beginning, but it can only get better once you get feedback from people.
What was the best thing about your time at LCC and why?
My great peers and tutors. I couldn't have asked for more.
Is there a particular person who shaped your university experience or creative outlook?
Paul Bowman, my former tutor and the former Course Leader for Illustration at LCC.
Where do you go for inspiration?
Bookstores, flea markets and design fairs.
What does your workspace look like? Do you have a studio?
An open studio where walk-ins are welcome. I like to talk with people about ongoing projects and if there's a possibility of incorporating risograph.
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