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UCP News From Student to Senior Designer: UCP Graduate, Paige Brown, Explains her Career Journey in the Creative Industry

From Student to Senior Designer: UCP Graduate, Paige Brown, Explains her Career Journey in the Creative Industry

In addition to her full-time job, Paige has run her own business, pnbdesigns, for the past 5 years, selling heartfelt greetings cards, wrapping paper, personalised illustrations and gifts, and freelance-designing wedding invitations and stationery.

Paige Brown found her creative passion whilst studying towards the Foundation Graphic Design programme at University Centre Peterborough (Stamford Campus) (UCP), part of Inspire Education Group (IEG). Now working in the vibrant city of Manchester, Paige shared her journey from student to Senior Designer.

“My experience of University Centre Peterborough was inspiring. I gained so much real-life experience throughout my course, having undertaken 3 weeks of work experience with local Designer, Del Cruft, and freelancing alongside my studies”, Paige shared. “I developed my technical skills and learnt so much about client relationships, giving me real-life perspective that I’ve carried forward into my future career”. Paige continued, “I really benefitted from the small class sizes. My classmates and I all came together as one big friendship group, collaborating and growing together”.

Upon graduating from the Foundation programme, Paige enrolled at Nottingham Trent University, where she gained a BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design. Impressing at a Student Showcase, Paige secured her first post-graduate role as an in-house designer for a theatre company, before accepting a position as a Junior Designer at Stamford-based creative agency, hue, where she spent 3 years designing for both national and local brands, such as Knead Pubs, and learning the ins and outs of the industry.

“Then, having found my passion, I decided to take a big leap and move 2 and a half hours away from my home and loved ones, to the big city of Manchester”, Paige explained. “I now work as a Senior Designer and Studio Manager for the design agency Think, which has given me a wealth of knowledge and experience.  In the last 2 years, I’ve worked on some amazing projects, including editorial and spread designs for Smyths Toys’ catalogues and an award-winning website rebrand for Keymer Tiles. More recently, I’m proud of the meaningful role I played in completing a brand and campaign overhaul for Manchester-based charity, Wood Street Mission. They help thousands of children from low-income families in Manchester and Salford, by providing practical help to meet children’s day-to-day needs and improve their life chances. I am proud that my work can impact the success of such a wonderful charity”.

In addition to her full-time job, Paige has run her own business, pnbdesigns, for the past 5 years, selling heartfelt greetings cards, wrapping paper, personalised illustrations and gifts, and freelance-designing wedding invitations and stationery. “My mission is to make the world better-connected through my carefully-designed products that I package with care”, Paige shared. I want to encourage others to spread joy and heart-warming moments with their loved ones, whether it’s sending a card ‘just because’, or gifting a meaningful present”.

When asked what advice she would offer to anyone considering studying at University Centre Peterborough, Paige shared, “Immerse yourself in your chosen industry; keep up with the latest trends, and ask plenty of questions. Have confidence in yourself, and you’ll get to where you want to be”.

Best of luck Paige, in your future endeavours.

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