Posted 11 November 2021

We’ve partnered with Google for a special design portfolio review

We’re joining forces with the team at Google Creative Lab to bring you a special-edition portfolio review for emerging designers on Wednesday 1st December. So if you’d love to get to know the team and show them your work, apply below!

Ever wondered what it’s like to work as a designer at Google? Or what the team look for in a great design portfolio? Well, wonder no more…

On Wednesday 1st December, we’ll be hosting a portfolio review for emerging design creatives together with Google Creative Lab – a visionary team at Google made up of interdisciplinary thinkers and doers. We will be joined by five members of the London team, to connect with fifteen up-and-coming creatives.

The evening will be your opportunity to:

  • chat to the Google Creative Lab team in a relaxed setting
  • get insight on what the team looks for in new talent
  • receive one-to-one advice and feedback on your work
  • meet inspiring fellow emerging designers

Who can apply?
To apply, we ask that you are a UK-based emerging designer, or design-focused creative, with no more than one year’s professional experience in the creative industry, and that you’re aged 18 or over.

How it will work

The session will take place on Google Meet on Wednesday 1st December 2021, from 5pm to 8pm GMT. There are only a limited number of places available, so make sure you sign up to register your interest.

The event itself is fast-paced: In breakout rooms of three emerging creatives and one reviewer, you will get the opportunity to show and discuss work, and get advice and feedback. This will then rotate, so you get to meet several reviewers throughout the evening.

Please note that you will be required to have something to show, but this doesn’t have to be a polished portfolio. We also recommend keeping this to one to two projects or pieces of work that capture what you do.

Meet the reviewers

Joining us on the night will be:

Saori Masuda, designer, Google Creative Lab, London
After graduating with a degree in graphic design from Chelsea College of Art in 2014, Saori interned for the likes of Rose Design and Studio Moross, before working at a major fashion label. Having initially joined Google Creative Lab as part of the much sought-after Google Five programme, Saori is now in her fourth year as a designer on the team.

Julia Hoffmann, Executive Creative Director, Google Creative Lab, London
Julia began her impressive career as a designer and art director with companies including Pentagram, but has since gone on to serve as Creative Director of the MoMa, Global Creative Director of Etsy, and worked as adjunct professor for School of Visual Arts. Before she joined the Creative Lab team in 2019 as Executive Creative Director, she worked with Education First – an organisation committed to delivering inclusive learning programmes.

Jack Beveridge, multidisciplinary designer and creative, Google Creative Lab, London
Similar to Saori, Jack’s route into working with Google Creative Lab was through the Google Five programme. He started the year-long placement in 2014, just after graduating from Kingston University with a degree in graphic design. Since then, Jack has gone on to become a permanent member of the team, working as a multidisciplinary creative and designer across a wide range of varied projects.

Nicola Gastaldi, motion designer, Google Creative Lab, London
Having worked as a motion designer for agencies including MPC, Ogilvy, Universal Everything and Smoke & Mirrors, Nicola became part of the Google Creative Lab team in 2017. With over 15 years of experience, he’s attracted accolades including Vimeo Staff Picks, the Excellence Award by Gif Magazine, had work exhibited at London’s Design Museum and been part of teams awarded by D&AD, Cannes Lions, FWA and UKMVAs.

Kate Strudwick, creative, Google Creative Lab, London
As a multidisciplinary designer, Kate’s work with Google Creative Lab sits at the intersection of technology and design. Having graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2019 with a masters in Innovation Design Engineering, Kate joined Google Creative Lab as part of the Google Five programme. Today, her work sees her treading the line between speculation and solution to find better futures for today’s problems.

How to apply

This session is open to students, grads, those currently seeking work or working in the creative industry. Please note, you are only eligible to register if you:

• Have a maximum of one year’s professional experience in the creative industry
• Are based in the UK
• Are aged 18 or over

Register your interest by midnight, 17th November via the link below.

Please note

Registering for this event does not guarantee a place. Those invited to attend will be emailed a week before the event, and will be asked to pay a £5 deposit. This is to confirm your attendance, and will be refunded after the session.

Attendees are selected based on their eligibility, so please be assured that if you are not invited, this is not a reflection of the quality of your work.

We hope to see you there!

Written by Creative Lives in Progress