TGDS Graduate Tamryn

Tamryn took her years of experience in the fashion industry into the digital sphere when she started studying with us. We love the amazing and incredible work she put together.

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Tamryn Van Der Merwe
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Hey Tamryn! Tell us a bit about you?

After studying fashion design, then working within the fashion industry as a designer for several years to follow, I decided to finally pursue a lifelong dream of seeing the world outside of South Africa. I dove headfirst into the yachting industry. Travelling and working on super yachts all around the world has allowed me the time to discover where my passion truly lies. To confirm that I am in fact, on the right path as a creative. I hope to one day write and illustrate a children’s book and essentially, draw for a living.

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Milk’d Nuts - Brand Identity Design

What or who inspired you to be a designer?

I have been a creative for as long as I can remember that feeling has always been inside me. I could never settle in an environment where I wasn’t challenged in a creative way. There isn’t something I could point out, or some great, big moment when I made this decision – its just who I am.

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Milk’d Nuts - Package Design

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

Quietly working on my personal brand and Illustrating when I have time between my other work. In the yacht world, shifts are 12hrs a day, 7 days a week – so its definitely a challenge to stay connected to design. But there will be a time soon, when I can commit fully to being a designer/illustrator again.

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JAVA LOVE - Logo & Packaging Design

What is your favourite part of the design process?

To see an idea, that has literally come from nothing, evolve into something you can see and touch.
The things the creative brain can cook up are really quite incredible.

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Tamryn - Personal Identity 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 really enjoyed branding – creating new brand identities was definitely a firm fav. Particularly my own.

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Tamryn - Personal Identity Design

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

I like to push the boundaries a bit. I’ve never enjoyed the idea of being ordinary. In an industry that is over saturated with incredible talent and ideas, it’s so important to remain authentic – this is what I try to stay close to.

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Family Portraits: Deck of Cards - Illustration

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What did you love most about studying design?

I feel like I’ve come home to my true design self. A creative homecoming, so to say. I always thought that as a designer, a good one anyway, you just have that unique style and voice from the get go. But its taken a lot of time and hours of work to discover who I am as a designer and what I actually want to communicate through my work.

Whats your dream design job?
Don’t hold back!

I want to be paid to draw (illustrate), all day. It sounds simple, but that’s really all it is. It actually blows my mind that I have been paid to do something, that I would do for free in my spare time. How divine.

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

You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Even if you don’t use this as a career path, you’ve just opened yourself up to something so beautiful inside yourself. Creativity can’t be taught – only discovered.

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