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Graphic Design

Graduates 2009: Tim George

Posted by Alex Bec,

Snooker-obsessed Tim George comes from an artistic background – his mum and dad worked as a graphic designer and painter respectively. He’s managed to carry on the legacy by studying graphic design at Bath for the last three years, building up a nice folio of work as a result…

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

My earliest memories are of wanting to be a steam train driver! I think this was probably influenced by my dad’s love of trains somewhat…

As I got older I always knew it was going to be something creative or design-based. I went through a long phase of wanting to be a car designer, but by about the age of 14 I knew graphic design was for me.

In reflection, how bad was your work in the first year?

Pretty awful! Well it wasn’t all that bad I guess, but very different to what I do now. I was obsessed with collage and that old ‘Foundation favourite’ Charles Wilkin. I saw myself as an illustrator for a lot of the first year, making images and collages. But even then I still loved type – I drew a lot of fonts by hand which was good for me. Looking back, I can see massive development throughout my first and second year.

If you could show a piece of your folio to one person, what piece would you choose, and who would you show it to?

That’s a good question. I guess I’d like Max Bill to see my homage poster. But in the real world, I’d love Michael C Place (of Build) to see any of my work.

If you had your own business, who would you employ and why? (this doesn’t have to be design related)

What a lovely fantasy to consider! I’d definitely employ Martin Parr to do all my photography, and I’d get Oliver Jeffers to do any illustration. I’d need a good space to work in, so I’d get Dieter Rams to sort me out with some sweet Modernist decor & 60s Braun goodies. Is it too much to ask for Jonny Ive to be my computer tech?

I’m big on food, so I’d get a top chef in to cook for me. I know it’s clichéd, but I love Jamie Oliver’s cooking, and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. And lastly, I’d employ my sporting hero Steve Davis to improve my snooker.

If you’ve got any left, what will you spend the last of your student loan on?

Ha! I don’t have any left at all. But if I did, I’d go down to Dungeness (on the Kent coast) for a few days. My girlfriend and I have been planning to go all year and never got round to it. It’s a fascinating place; I’m desperate to get down to the seafront with a camera.

Where will we find you in 12 months?

I’ll definitely be in London – I’d like to think I’ll have a ‘proper’ job in a studio by then. I can’t wait to move in to my own place in the city, but in a year I may still be commuting from my folks’ place in Chesham. Unless they’ve kicked me out by then…

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Posted by Alex Bec

Alex is one of the directors of It’s Nice That who now oversees our sister creative agency INT Works. For several years he oversaw the Monday Morning Music Video feature until it came to an end in 2014.

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