A little bit about me...
Hello! I’m Claudia, a Mid-Weight Designer at Fiasco Design and a proud part of Falmouth University's Alumni.

I am an enthusiastic designer, motivated by a desire to craft innovative ideas with strategic thinking at their heart. I enjoy picking up my camera & getting way too excited about paper stock, however my real passions lie in branding & motion design.

I strongly value the importance of spreading creative courage and getting young designers’ voices heard. Having experienced a pandemic-struck graduation first hand, I proudly established the ‘Class of 2020’ and ‘Happy to Help’, both of which have become global platforms to connect new and emerging creatives with the industry and each other.

Even though I have spent the last 3 years living in the UK’s cider capital, I am a northern girl at heart, originally from a small town in Lancashire. Day-to-day, you’ll find me stomping around the studio in Doc Martens & something floral, talking about how Burnley FC still have a chance in the Premier League or plugged into my 130 hour long Spotify playlist — oh, and don’t get me started on what you call an oven bottom.

I was awarded the 'Overall Creative Champion' at the South West Design Awards, featured on D&AD's 'One's to Watch' at the New Blood Festival 2020 and shortlisted for Design Week's 'Rising Star 2022'.

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Industry Experience
FIASCO DESIGN  August 2020 - Present
Fiasco Design are an award-winning creative design agency in Bristol specialising in creating forward-thinking brand identities, websites, print and motion graphics for brands that think big.
Clients include: OnHand, Eat Curious, The Old Vic, Bayswater, Theatre Bristol, Native Vine, Bank Bristol, Count, Creative England, Dallas Museum of Art, Moshi, Nina Schick, We The Curious...

SUPPLE STUDIO  September - October 2020, July 2019
Supple Studio are a design and branding agency based in Bath, with clients all over the UK and further afield. At Supple they live by the mantra of 'small agency thinking paired with big agency impact' — a small dedicated team with the benefit of a large network of partners and experts.
Clients include: UAL, Apple Music, Stabl, Frahm Jackets, The Royal Mail, Global Goals, Norland College, Warminster School

Industry Experience
DESIGN BRIDGE  August 2019
As a part of Design Bridge's Student Bursary Scheme, I spent four weeks at their London Studio where I had the opportunity to work with major clients including Fortnum & Mason and Cadbury's. I was given a range of live briefs to work on, where I engaged in branding and identity, motion graphics, typography, packaging and 3D visualisation. During my time, I was made to feel like a member of the team, creating a range of research and reference documents to present to clients, participated in all studio meetings and confidently articulated my ideas for an eclectic mix of projects to Senior Designers and Creative Directors, which were pitched to clients.

I was also made responsible and given the task to independently work on a live brief and present professionally to clients. 
Clients include: Fortnum & Mason, Comfort, Cadbury’s, Gilvic

PEARLFISHER  September 2019
At Pearlfisher where I had the opportunity to work with major clients, engaging in branding and identity, packaging design, typography and illustration design. I played a key role in designing packaging concepts, brand identities and generating ideas for a live brief, which was later presented and pitched to the clients. Additionally, I gained basic knowledge regarding 3D printing, modelling and visualising on CAD applications.
Clients include: Cafepod, Heineken 

Other Experience
FOUNDER of 'HAPPY TO HELP'  January 2021 - Present

FOUNDER of 'CLASS OF 2020' SLACK  June 2020 - Present
A platform and community for Design Graduates, a space for collaborating, sharing resources, advice, inspiration and getting to know other young creatives from around the country, especially during the world's current climate.

CO-FOUNDER of JOYFAL  September 2019 - Present
Joyfal is an initiative with the simple aim to spread joy around Falmouth (and beyond!) while promoting handcrafted activities. We work with people of all ages from an array of communities, to help spread our message as far as possible.

DESIGN BY CLAUDIA STORE  June 2018 - Present
A self-initiated online store selling original handcrafted stationery goods to the public, such as notebooks, cards and prints.  

Other Experience
The Memory Cafe is a safe and welcoming space for people with dementia. My role involves providing support to those in the local community by hosting activities and holding group discussions. I have built strong values around helping others and confidence with caring for individuals with empathy, patience and adjusting to different personality types. I also initiated a re-brand of the cafe.

STUDENT AMBASSADOR  January 2018 - September 2020
Primary role of professionally representing the University at open days, interviews and other events, assisting prospective students with inquiries about the University, student life and more in depth about the Graphic Design course. Responsible for independently leading campus tours and holding talks with parents and students, developing my leadership and public speaking skills. Learnt to cooperate as a team, problem solve quickly and multi-task with accuracy, demonstrating reliability and punctuality.
FALMOUTH UNIVERSITY     September 2017 - June 2020
Graduated with a BA (Hons) Graphic Design, First Class Honours degree. 
Work includes live competition briefs from D&AD, ISTD and YCN, plus self-initiated and collaborative projects. I was also a part of the 2019 Falmouth Graphics social media team.

NELSON AND COLNE COLLEGE  September 2015 - June 2017
A*  Graphic Design, A* Photography, A Geology, C Mathematics

1 A*, 4 A's 3 B's and 2 C's

Overall Creative Champion at the South West Design Awards, 2020
Commended for a Creative Conscience Award, 2020
Creative Recommendation in 99 Percent Lifestyle Magazine, 2020

NOW/HERE Exhibition at Falmouth University, 2019

BENOW Festival at Falmouth Library, 2020
Golden Time at King Charles Primary School, 2020
Hands & Crafts Workshop at Penryn Memory Cafe, 2020
Drawing Corner at Toast Bar Falmouth, 2019

Shillington Portfolio Reviews + Q&A, 2023
Visiting Lecturer at Falmouth University, 2021
'Industry & University Insight' at Nelson and Colne College, 2019

(above left) Joyfal Golden Time at King Charles Primary School, Falmouth
(above right) Alumni visit to Nelson and Colne College to give a talk about University & the Industry
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