Aussie graphic designer takes on graphic design bootcamps
AUSTRALIAN graphic designer and graphic designer podcast host and writer, Matt Williams, has taken to the digital space to highlight the benefits of digital work and to share some of his work and advice.
The podcast, ‘The Digital Journey’, has been downloaded more than 300,000 times and has also been used by ABC Radio Melbourne’s Digital Journey.
Williams says that the podcast has helped him “become a much better communicator, both as a creator and a listener”.
“It’s given me the confidence to make more content that I want to share, which in turn has helped me build my podcast network,” he said.
“It has helped my network of friends, who also want to hear my stuff.”
Williams was born in Brisbane, Australia, to an Aboriginal woman and a white man.
He spent much of his early years in the Australian Outback, but moved to the capital of Victoria at age 14.
“I was really isolated and there were very few opportunities,” he told the ABC.
“You would never be able to go to the mall or buy anything.
I was a really, really, very introverted kid, so I was really, truly, completely alone.”
Williams grew up in the capital city of Melbourne, with the help of his father and grandmother.
“The first time I was able to sit and do something was when I was about 12,” he says.
“We would go to a cinema, but it was a very different experience than what I was used to in my native country.”
Williams says he was attracted to the city because of its “high culture, its rich cultural history, its multiculturalism, its art, its history, all these things”.
“I would see a lot of art exhibitions in Melbourne and I thought that would be my ticket to a new life,” he recalls.
Williams studied at Melbourne’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology before embarking on his graphic design career in 2013.
“When I got my first job, I was very fortunate to get an internship at a design agency, which was really a dream job,” he tells the ABC’s ‘The Journey’ podcast.
“They had an office right next to the Melbourne Opera House and they had a lot more space and a lot better internet access, and that was really what I wanted to do.”
Williams spent about three years working for a number of different agencies, including The Creative Agency, Design House, and Creative Designers Network Australia.
“That was where I met a few really talented people, who all told me that they wanted to work with me and that they were interested in working with me because they saw me as a potential career path,” he explains.
Williams has been an avid listener of his own podcast.
“It’s helped me understand what I’m doing as an artist,” he writes.
“The first couple of years I was listening to the podcast, I had to re-learn the basics.
I had an internet connection and a podcast.
I couldn’t do that now.
It’s hard to explain how hard it was.”
Williams has spoken at various creative events, including an international event at the Melbourne International Design Festival.
He also says that he’s learned a lot from his colleagues.
“At Creative Designer, we have an open-door policy.
If someone comes in and is interested in your work, they can come in and work on it for you,” he explained.”
But I’ve learnt a lot, because I’ve learned a bit more from them, and I’ve seen how they work, how they think, and how they make their clients happy.”