TGDS Graduate Elie

The Graphic Design School graduate and master digital learning and visual designer. Check out some of his fantastic work he put together while studying with us!

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Elie Francis
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Olinda - Corporate Identity Design

Hey Elie! Tell us a bit about you?

I’m a Digital Learning Designer and Visual Designer based in Melbourne. I love to create learning programs and campaigns for online audiences. I also have a strong passion for packaging design – did someone say Japanese packaging design aesthetics?!

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CeCe Frankie - Visual Identity Design

What or who inspired you to be a designer?

My graphic design teacher in high school. He was a great designer himself and opened my eyes up to so many other great designers and design styles.

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Java Love - Packaging Design

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What are you up to in the design world at the moment?

I’m a Digital Learning Designer for online learning programs. Visual communication and design are integral to my role. In simple terms: I take a lot of ‘wordy / techy’ information, strip it down to its simplest elements and add a lot of visual design/communication to it.

What is your favourite part of the design process?

Discovering new things during research always gives me energy and joy, however I would have to say creating things is by far my favorite part! Time always seems to speed by when I’m creating things.

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Java Love - Campaign Design

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You were really into all sorts of design disciplines at TGDS, branding, campaigning and even packaging.
Have you a fav?

I LOVE PACKAGING! Not just the visual design side, but also extending that into physical product package design. Campaigning is also a strong favourite because it allows me to explore so many potential applications for a brand or product – that’s always a lot of fun to work through.

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Java Love - UI Design

Tell us anything you would like to about your featured works.

I’m most proud of the Java Coffee campaign. It’s deliberately not a typical coffee campaign and plays to a cheekier aspect of ‘love’ for its youthful demographic – coupled with some gorgeous/quirky photography.

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What did you love most about studying design?

The biggest thing this course taught me was that the first few ideas or iterations of a design are never the best. As I progressed through the course I started to love the process of refining work, because I could see my design improving with every iteration – and some of my best ideas came later in the design process.

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Mood Indigo - Feature Article Design

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What’s your dream design job?
Don’t hold back!

Packaging Designer for high end Japanese or European products. OMG!

What would you say to someone about to embark on their own journey in design?

To the gifted many: you will learn there’s more to design than natural ability. To those who doubt their abilities: wait until you finish creating your design portfolio – you will surprise yourself!

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