Q&A: Internship/Placement Year Part 2

Since leaving the University of Hertfordshire, I've tried to be as active an alumni as I can. In the year and a bit since I graduated (how the hell has it been over a year!), I've given an online talk about my brand, That Libby Girl, and how I used social media to document and…

What is a property development assistant?

In my quest to be employed in the design industry again, I have been applying to more or less every position available on Dezeen Jobs. This includes, sometimes, positions I'm not too clear on - like, 'property development assistant'. I applied on a whim, not expecting to hear back, but I got an interview! So,…

Gathering Dust: The Worst Year of my Life

I try to be an optimist - I really do. I like to see the best in people, and I try to stay positive rather than dwell on the worst-case scenario. But, I admit with bitter defeat, this year has kicked the kindness out of me. I don't want to be one of those bitter,…

Travel Through Reading

What comes to mind when you think of travelling? Perhaps overstuffed backpacks and loose-fitting elephant-print trousers, or maybe 5* hotels and room service. Whatever it may be, I'll bet your first thought wasn't of curling up on the sofa and opening a book. While listening to A New Design Culture, a design talk held today…

Bullet Journal Walk-Through: How I Plan, Track & Take Notes

'track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future.' - Ryder Carroll Last week I shared a page of my notebook on the ol' Instagram story and asked if you would be interested in a walk-through, to which the answer was a resounding YES! So here we have it folks, the latest pages…

Computational Design in Interior Design: Using Generative Design to Produce Floor Plans

An exploration of computational design in interior design, using Silvio Carta's work creating optimised floor plans for care homes as an example. Last Monday, I tuned in to a Zoom lecture given by Silvio Carta for a post-graduate design talk scheme run by University of Hertfordshire lecturer and all-round good guy, Ian Owen. During the…

Top 8 Interior Designs from the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

Once a year the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards recognises the best of hospitality design, and, in this post, I'm rounding up my favourite two from the cafe, restaurant (standalone), bar and hotel category. Cafe 1. Kiss the Hippo Coffee by Design LSM Kiss the Hippo is a sustainability-driven coffee shop located in the bustling…