The big talking points:
• Why design and creativity should be passionate and fun (4:40)
• How Elliot's acting background changed the course of his work (7:48)
• The ultimatum Elliot gave himself after leaving uni early (11:48)
• The differences between copying and making your influences your own (15:48)
• Learning not to undersell your services (20:30)
• Why being yourself is the key to finding your style (29:14)
• The positivity of Instagram’s graphic design community (38:56)
• Tips and tricks for the perfect Twitch stream (41:55)
• How Elliot banishes impostor syndrome (45:58)
What did I miss?
After an introduction from our host Steph Fung, Elliot shared his own mini-pep talk with us: “Design is fun; that’s why you started as a graphic designer. You don’t just end up as a graphic designer – it’s a passion, it’s a choice. Find ways to remind yourself of that, and have fun!”
Rather than continue with his fine art studies, Elliot started off by explaining why he decided to take the plunge into going freelance, learning Photoshop design techniques on YouTube and uploading his work to Instagram.
Elliot started off by making designs for family and friends, while selling phones on the side. It was during this time that he created a trio of business cards, with one card reading: “I don't have a degree, I hope that's OK”, going viral for its brutal honesty and speak-your-mind attitude.
Much like this business cards project, throughout the talk, Elliot stressed the importance of designing for yourself. Instead of making a super-specific design that has to conform to the client’s needs and wants, Elliot described how designing for yourself can help you find your style – even if you have to copy others first – and is often more enjoyable than designing for others, as there’s less pressure.