Harriet Isaacs trained in Graphic Design at the Plymouth College of Art; and depends on a rotring pen for her illustration work.

Where did you train, and did you specialize in any one area?

I trained at Plymouth College of Art studying Graphic Design and I specialised in typography

Whereabouts are you based now?


What's your favourite tool and why?

A rotring pen.  I depend on them for my illustration work to create clean crisp lines.  Also my Apple Magic Mouse because it is indeed magic.

What techniques to do you use most and why?

Even though I’m a graphic designer, the majority of my work incorporates illustration.  I like the individual hand crafted style that you get from using a pen, but then I use my Mac equally as much to clean up work, improve it etc.

What has been your favourite piece you've created and why?

My favourite piece has to be the Pencil Installation that I created.  I had wanted to incorporate typography and illustration into a large scale piece for quite some time, so when I had finished that design I felt a great sense of achievement. 

What kinds of materials do you work with?

I use a lot of paper, card, found objects and experiment with them to inspire new typography and design work. 

What (if any) computer packages do you use?

I couldn’t survive without Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.  Those are my core everyday programmes, but I also use Dreamweaver and more recently Muse for website design.

Which clients have you worked for? Where have you exhibited your work?

I have worked on small projects for local businesses in Plymouth, including the college where I studied, but have yet to land a big client.  I recently exhibited my work at New Designers.

What inspires you?

My family, friends, paying attention to the world around me and copious amounts of art books!

Favourite websites / blogs?






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