We caught up with BA Graphic Design alumnus Bruce Duckworth who started his own graphic design branding agency Turner Duckworth, employing around one hundred people with offices in San Francisco, New York and London.
Graphic Design BA (Hons)
I've worked as a graphic designer ever since leaving. I have a great family, two children, one at Glasgow University studying History of Art and the other is hoping to do an Art foundation at Kingston.
Graphic Design had a reputation as being one of the best courses in the country and I loved the art school feeling of Knights Park, all the creative people together.
Work, fun, friends.
I've occasionally been back to see the degree shows and I'm giving a lecture to graphic design students in the new year.
Yes, I married Jane Wrightson who was on the same course! My best friend, Phil Howells, who was also on my course and is now a great creative director in advertising, I see regularly – in fact I saw him last week. Other Kingston friends I see occasionally.
I've been lucky. What I wanted to do is pretty much what happened. Luckily I graduated in 1985 at a time when designers were in short supply, I was offered six jobs at my degree show, I started working as a designer for some great companies and after eight years, I started my own graphic design branding agency Turner Duckworth with my partner. We now employ around one hundred people with offices in San Francisco, New York and London.
Design Awards are up there, The Grammy was cool, D&AD Yellow pencil was ultimate design award for me, meeting the Queen was amazing and becoming the President of D&AD is my biggest honour. But I'm most proud of our business, seeing young talent flourish and reach their potential is my most rewarding professional achievement.
Don't rush it. I was so desperate to get out to work that I didn't even apply to the RCA to do an MA, Now I wish I had.
Doing the hula hoop challenge at the Christmas party.
Family time, art exhibition, some physical exercise of some sort.
I qualified as a windsurfing instructor 35 years ago and I still occasionally windsurf.
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