At 34 years of age, with just three months to go before my second child was due to be born, I quit my job without a backup plan. I quit because I was unhappy. Simple as that. Being miserable no longer felt like an inevitable outcome of being a responsible adult: I became convinced there was another way.
We know how lucky we are to have the NHS and it's services, spanning physical and mental health care. Sometimes though, we leave with our bodies healed, and our spirits a little diminished. If you have spent time visiting a loved one in a mental health unit, a situation that curator Niamh White and artist Tim A Shaw found themselves in, you may come away thinking that the environment of these units could do with some care.
It's that time of year when friends and family go on holiday and social media is flooded with smart phone imagery of travel and adventures. This barrage of holiday snaps is not just limited to those from our loved ones, we're also seeing a whole range of imagery from brands and publications around particular travel themes. As travel imagery has its peak moment, our Creative Research team are exploring the visual trends happening in this space so far this summer.
June is always an exciting time of year for anyone working in design, as this month marks student degree shows in UK art and design universities. If you studied these subjects, cast your mind back to the effort that went into your final push, the excitement you felt at bringing all your hard work together in one last display.
What concerns me is that the verbal ripostes create a greater degree of negativity around an industry that needs to transform - consumers and producers both need to undergo a huge number of life changes. How are we going to do that, when the most significant players in the industry are seemingly at odds with each other?
As with any career, the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult, and design is no different. There is no definitive set of rules when embarking on a career in the creative, but there are many ways to strengthen your case. I've created a list of four tips that are easy to implement, no matter your current status, and will help assist you on your journey to design success.
It's not certain how this kind of experiment can be scaled or replicated on a long-term basis. But I could see students transforming before my eyes as they saw how their practices could make an impact on society. Yes, they learned skills that will help them get a job, but they also learned to care about each other and the world. Now that's worth it.