It’s clear from first meeting with Meisha Graham that she lives and breathes graphic design. When I show up for our interview at a café, she’s typing away on her laptop, while a portfolio of her work sits beside her. She admits her love of design started at a young age; her mum used to be an interior designer, so she was always surrounded by her projects. Even at primary school, she was typing up her homework with different fonts or drawing borders and handwritten titles in all of her books. These days, not much has changed. She may not be using Microsoft word art anymore, but she’s got a slight obsession with type: “I just like the way you don’t have to have a picture on something, you can just make something out of type.” I sat down with the third year graphic design student to talk with her about working in a visual-based degree, where she finds inspiration and the Best Awards, of which she is the first AUT undergraduate to be selected as a finalist.
So, for those who don’t know much about graphic design, what is the big focus on your projects? I think it’s different for every little group. The tutors have a lot of different focuses. I know my tutor, he has a lot of focus on publication design and type so a lot of really formal graphic design in the qualities and not a lot of illustration or photography. What was your last project? It’s kind of been chopping and changing but it started off as an idea for a graphic design café. It’s like a hypothetical café; I’ve been making a manifesto, but it’s kind of directed more towards creative environments and public spaces. So I’ve got a lot of work to do but I’m just at the moment
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