TGDS Graduate Lizzy

Meet Lizzy, a Brand Designer based in New Zealand. After travelling to Bali, Indonesia and observing an array of inspiring brand design, Lizzy immediately fell in love and decided to follow her own dreams of becoming a graphic designer.

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Lizzy van Huenestein
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Hey Lizzy! Tell us a bit about you?

I am married to the funniest and sweetest man alive and together we have a gorgeous little girl who definitely has her dads sense of humour. We met in Bali, we got married in Australia, lived together in Papua and now we’re settling in New Zealand to start another adventure. I love spending time with my family and love to go out with friends. As long as it’s adventurous.

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Lizzy O’Reilly - Personal Identity

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

Although I found my own brand identity the most challenging, I am really happy with the result. I wanted to keep it straightforward yet playful. I feel that my brand represents me well as a designer and person.

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Radical Rose - Visual Identity Design

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

I have just started to apply for exciting graphic design roles in the area we will be moving to soon. In the meantime, I am working on a small project with a friend who is also a graphic designer, which I will be using to add to my portfolio.

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Radical Rose - Visual Identity Design

What is your favourite part of the design process?

I love being inspired by beautiful work on Behance and Instagram. Hundreds of ideas run through my head and it makes me very excited to start, but my favourite part is when I feel that I have created what I had envisioned - and it all comes together well.

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Java Love - Corporate Identity Design

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Java Love - Corporate 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?

Branding is definitely my favourite! I love thinking of the strategy behind the brand. I find the better the strategy and the more I know about the brand, the better the design.

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OJI - Corporate Identity Design

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OJI - Corporate Identity Design

What or who inspired you to be a designer?

After I finished my study, I worked several years in the commercial field. But when I travelled to Bali, Indonesia and saw all the inspiring brand design that the island is full of, I absolutely fell in love with design. I decided to follow my dream and become a graphic designer myself.

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Groovy Noodles - Visual Identity Design

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“The better the strategy and the more I know about the brand - the better the design.”

What did you love most about studying design?

I love how much there is to learn about design and there is so much information available online. Graphic Design is always evolving which keeps it interesting.

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JOY Agency - Corporate Identity Design

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Whats your dream design job?
Don’t hold back!

Running my own design studio would be the ultimate dream. I’ve always loved the idea of running my own business, I think it’s so much more rewarding and the possibilities are endless.

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

Believe you can do it. If you’re willing to work hard and are prepared to make mistakes and learn, you can do it! There’s so much stunning design work online which can be intimidating, but mostly very inspiring, use it as an example.

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MUMA Kombucha - Visual Identity & Packaging Design

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“After many years of talking to clients about the brands that I was representing and their own unique stories while working in the commercial field, I can now say that design is by far my favourite method of communication.”

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Cookie Time Cookies - Campaign Design

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