In week 3 of Spring term, we were joined by information designer and Reading graduate, Sol Kawage. Her love of typography and passion towards informing students about the beauty of designing for a purpose was inspiring for students.
Sol Kawage’s design for a postcard and social media graphic for Tennesee Blend, advertising a theatre production
‘I liked the incorporations of her own struggles with ADHD and how it has taken her on this journey’ – Part 2 student
Being an information designer, Sol said she loves investing her humanity into her work. Earlier in her career she believed her biggest weakness was her ADHD, but she learned over time that because of this she has an advantage by having a different perspective than most designers. By viewing weaknesses as advantages, students were taught that there is nothing holding students back when designing for their projects. Sol reminded students how lucky they were to be studying at the university and how students should make the most out of the course, as it will bring many beneficial opportunities for their future careers.
Sol made students aware that every student is exactly where they’re supposed to be by studying at Reading.
‘The plan will not be right when the time comes to execute it. It is the activity of planning that prepares us for whatever transpires.’ – Sol Kawage
Collaborative information design including work by Sol and Josefina http://Dearhowto.uauage.org
Sol showed students that even if one doesn’t feel confident in their abilities or skills to execute something towards a project, any problem can be overcome and be seen as positive. Her inspiring words were very relevant for all students to hear as they progress with their work for modules.
‘I liked hearing how you use real life problems when designing, for example using the ski goggles will affect how the colours come across. It’s not something you would think to consider normally.’ – Part 2 student
‘The presenter’s honesty and the personal tone of the talk. So much fun!’ – Staff