Graphic designer Callum Green, a recent University of Buckinghamshire graduate, caught our eye with his absolutely superb project in which he redesigned the memoirs of his sea captain grandfather, John Madge. As well as transforming these memoirs into a very beautifully designed publication, Callum also spent his time at university championing young and unpublished writers in his fantastic and rather beautiful publication New Authors among many other nice things. A very talented man and definitely one to watch! Here’s Callum Green…
Why or who or what made you go to art school?
After receiving, um, interesting results at A-level, doing what my grandparents used to call “real” subjects, it became clear that the photo taking, doodling, and MySpace HTML that filled my spare time was probably a good path to try and head down.
What’s the best mistake you made when you were studying?
It probably came just before university, having my computer nicked (guess not technically my fault) and not having any back–ups. This meant I could start university fresh, and not have to show anyone the monstrosities I had created during foundation. Or perhaps almost melting the university’s 3D printer, that was interesting and could definitely have ended badly.
If you could show you your work to one person, who would you choose and what would you show them?
I would love to travel back in time and show my grandfather his memoirs just as he was starting his career, so he could see what a full, interesting and AMAZING life he would go on to lead. Or I would love to discuss New Authors with someone who could help it on its journey to being a reality (hint hint…).
Can you give us one prediction about your work for the next year?
I like to think that I will be working through my notebooks worth of ideas, while filling up more notebooks. All I can really ask for is that I can continue working with interesting and open-minded people, and maybe earn a bit of money so I can buy some Nikes?
What’s the best thing you saw in the last three years?
Off the top of my head, a highlight would have to be watching as a woman had her phone snatched out of her hand, only for it to be the American Football team captain’s girlfriend. He and his teammates nearby saw what happened and gave chase. The resulting scene of 15 burly guys running full pelt after the lonely mugger was like something from a cartoon. Oh and they got the phone back, and it never happened again. Hooray!
We are very pleased that The It’s Nice That Graduates 2013 is once again being supported by Represent Recruitment who are themselves celebrating being ten years old this summer. The graphic design recruitment specialists have developed a peerless reputation working with designers of all levels and matching them up with the right positions in some of the top agencies around. Represent’s support has helped us grow the Graduates scheme over recent years and we are thrilled they have partnered with us again in 2013.
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