When you’re studying a certain subject at university, it can be natural to feel like you can’t stray too far from the course title. But what if the work you want to make doesn’t quite fit in with the status quo? This was the question graphic designer and illustrator, Xanthe Simmans, grappled with during her final year on a graphic design BA. Overcoming the feeling that she had to be just a designer, she embraced her illustrative instincts, and started to blend the two disciplines. Rather than it feel like a choice between one or the other, she simply chose both – and as a result, started producing work that felt truer to her interests. She tells us more about gaining the confidence to follow her intuition.