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Jane Gillanders

Freelance Graphic Designer               

Bachelor of Media Arts (Visual Arts), Graphic Design pathway 

​​Awards: ​CMYK award for Excellence in Graphic Design, The Print House Award of Excellence in Identity, The Colorite Award for Excellence in Dimensional Design and The Print House Award Supreme Award​

“I will always remember one of my tutors saying a big part of design is being a problem solver and that has proved to be true in many situations already.”               
Having always been artistic, Jane Gillanders knew a path in the creative industries beckoned. A school design class focussed the ambition further and a teacher recommended Wintec. 

Gillanders particularly enjoyed third year study. “It was there I worked out that my true passion was in packaging design, because it was challenging and got your brain working but is practical at the same time.“ That final year was a success all round - Gillanders received not one but four awards at Wintec’s Special Awards event, after not realising she was in the running for any.

Soon after finishing the degree, Gillanders was hired by Torpedo7 as a graphic designer. A typical day involved getting product images ready for the website, and quality controlling the site. 

“The advice I received from the tutors about the ‘real world’ is extremely valuable and prepares you for the industry,” she says. “I will always remember one of my tutors saying a big part of design is being a problem solver and that has proved to be true in many situations already.” She appreciates her solid knowledge of the Adobe programmes, and ability to give and receive constructive critique. 

Gillanders is now a freelance designer, as Jane Vanessa Design, and says every day can be different, depending on what type of clients she’s working with at the time. “The work ranges from identity and branding to packaging and even a few handmade card orders. You never know what’s going to be thrown at you! I really enjoy being able to work closely with clients to achieve unique and personal design solutions.” She has also been doing some overflow work for two design agencies. 

Gillanders’ aim is to gain more experience, and work with companies that have similar morals and passions to her own. “One day I would like to have my own design studio and grow from there.” ​