Sara Boris came on Friday to our Hot House as a graphic designer guest. She is also a tutor in the Press studio. Her talk was full of useful tips on how to enter and keep a career as a graphic designer. She worked for the Barbican for two years and a half. It was encouraging to know that they didn’t accept her first application but she entered in her second try. She pointed with this that we don’t always sell ourselves in the right way so is worth to redo an application and try again. After a while in the Barbican working as an internal designer she wanted to do more things within the company and for this she convinced the curator that she could do more such as creating a visual identity for the company through her designs. Then after talking about her experience at the Barbican she gave us a tour through the many jobs and works she has done in her career as a graphic designer. The last one was with Phaidon publishers until February 2015. In this company she worked with different artists such as Toni Urgeres, illustrator for children and erotic books, among others. If I have to put a name to her presentation it would be “efficiency”. In around fifty minutes she delivered so much information within the graphic design field, her work, experience, and all this in a very understandable and entertaining way.
What I most liked was he studio “Le theatre del graphics” in which people were invited to go in and talk to her. This seems to be linked to her past as a student of theatre. Also at the very end she talked about what was “her” work, meaning not for any company but for her as an independent artist. In this section she showed a rug made with one of her designs. And this triggered my imagination… I’d love to design rugs with my illustrations! I will definitely explore in this field. And there was another section called “not work” in which she showed things she likes. Here was a little treasure: a collection of old books from her grandfather.
The images for this presentation had a general air of tidiness and a “serious sense of playfulness” She claimed to be a fan of black and white.