Graphic Design


Fashion & Textiles

Interior Design


We’ve put together the perfect starter kit for all the creative students starting university this year. We also sit down with our Affiliate Marketing Executive, Saba, as she talks us through her best tips and tricks to schooling your degree.

Intrigued? Have a read and find out how you can win the entire set up!




Here's what you need...

  • 1

    Apple iMac

    Macs are designed with the creative in mind. They allow you to transform the way you work with crisp visuals and 8GB of RAM so you can have several programmes open at the same time!

  • 2

    Apple Pencil

    For all the graphic designers out there, the Apple Pencil enhances the power of your Apple products with the help of your creative innovations.

  • 3

    Magic Mouse 2

    With all your sketches and equipment lying around, the last thing you want is any unnecessary cables! Precision is the focal point for the Magic Mouse by using a bluetooth connection.

  • 4

    EZVIZ S2 Lite Action Camera

    Create awesome video footage with our small but mighty waterproof action camera.



  • 5

    Sprocket printer 

    Print your inspiration on the go with this compact printer that fits in your pocket!

Meet Saba, Affiliate Marketing Executive for AO

I currently work in Affiliate Marketing at AO but this is definitely not something I thought I’d have ended up in after having studied something totally different at university. I was always back and forth between interior design and graphic design before ultimately deciding on graphic design and I’m glad that that’s what I chose!

There are always crossovers between marketing and design and I have had the opportunity to use my design skills into practice into my role as a marketeer, whether it was creating banner ads, infographics or other marketing material.

I’ve always been an arty/creative person and graphic design gave me the ability to explore this further. I definitely enjoyed creating new logos and brand identities for companies the most, as well as designing packaging. I remember being so invested in a project that I’d stay up until 4am on some days because once I was in my creative element, I didn’t want to stop designing.

Nowadays, I prefer to design in my free time and I do some freelance on the side of my actual job for some extra cash. Recently, I’ve been trying my hand at UX design as this is something that is becoming increasingly popular so I feel like there is definitely an opportunity for me to go down this route in my career path someday.

I remember being so invested in a project that I’d stay up until 4am on some days because once I was in my creative element, I didn’t want to stop designing.

Saba's Tips...

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    Do an internship! Whether its unpaid or paid, just try it for a bit to get a deeper insight into the industry. I did a 3 month unpaid internship, and yes it was difficult (I’d say go for a paid one if you can, of course!) but I don’t regret it at all. I got a lot of experience and insight into the world of graphic design and learnt so much.

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    Keep working on your portfolio and try and keep it updated. Constantly updating your portfolio is really important, don’t make it too long though. Maybe pick around 10 of your best pieces, something that really showcases your capabilities and is a good reflection of your skills. Open and close with your two best projects is usually the way forward. Also, never stop leaning new trends and picking up new skills. If you can show a varied skill range in your portfolio it’d be really beneficial.

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    Be open to criticism. Get used to people critiquing your work and don’t take it personally. Remember design is totally subjective, everyone’s tastes will differ so just try and stay positive and don’t get demoralised, it doesn’t make you a bad designer if someone doesn’t like your work, but maybe think about any changes you can make to improve as a designer. A lot of design is problem solving so this is definitely a skill needed when someone critiques your designs.


By Becca Monaghan on 24.07.15

Guest Contributor

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