TGDS Graduate Becks

We’re getting to know The Graphic Design School graduate Becks. Designer and visual artist Becks is currently working as a full time graphic designer.

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Becks Harrop
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Hey Becks. Tell us a bit about you?

I’m a freelance designer from NZ living abroad in Jakarta, Indonesia soaking up the big city chaos and escaping to travel whenever possible! I’m a multi-passionate creative who loves to collaborate with people who enjoy what they do!

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Baxter’s Bar - Corporate Identity Design

What or who inspired you to be a designer?

I always remember thinking at high school why would you study science or math when you can do painting and design. One thing led to the next and Art School is where I fostered my inner designer. I was always inspired by my creative peers and talented tutors that surrounded me for those 4 crazy years.

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Baxter’s Bar - Visual Identity Design

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Baxter’s Bar - Illustration Design

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What are you up to in the design world at the moment?

Freelancing with a range of interior and branding projects in New Zealand. Since living in Indonesia textile design has been of interest so have developed a range of fabric designs for cushions that are soon to be in a couple of retail stores.

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Cokelat Lab - Visual Identity Design

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Cokelat Lab - Packaging Design

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What is your favourite part of the design process?

Early concept phase for sure! I love the awkward tension of not knowing and then fostering a strategic idea to suit the brief. Then obviously all the happy vibes that arrive when you start compiling the presentation for the client.

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Maker Space - Brand Identity Design

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Maker Space - Brand Identity Design

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You were really into all sorts of design disciplines at TGDS, branding, campaigning and even packaging.
Have you a fav?

I really connected with branding and environmental design. It’s the conceptual work that goes into branding that I really enjoy. As for environmental design – I come from a spatial design background so it’s always been the lack of boundaries that a space has that appeals – every project seems to keep you creatively challenged by the endless opportunities that design can have within a space.

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Humble - Corporate Identity Design

Tell us anything you would like to about your featured works.

The Maker Space campaign project started as just an idea for the module and now I can’t stop thinking how much I want to start up my own maker space in New Zealand some day.

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Humble - Corporate Identity Design

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What did you love most about studying design?

Gaining an appreciation for it. I never realised how much effort goes in to designing a good poster! Learning how to not over design something and being able to critique your own work.

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Mr Murdoch’s - Brand Identity Design

What’s your dream design job?
Don’t hold back!

Ooooo a branding consultant for high end hospitality and commercial developments. Collaborating with developers / architects / clients / artists etc. I love the idea of creating the brand concept and then having the freedom to design extra bespoke touch points ie; textiles and artwork for the space.

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Magazine Layout Design

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What would you say to someone about to embark on their own journey in design?

It’s challenging but in the friendliest way possible. Creative study gives you a new confidence that I believe you never regret.

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Java Love - Packaging Design

I really connected with branding and environmental design. It’s the conceptual work that goes into branding that I really enjoy.

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Central Collective - Corporate Identity Design

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What would you say to someone about to embark on their own journey in design?

It’s challenging but in the friendliest way possible. Creative study gives you a new confidence that I believe you never regret.

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