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Introducing our latest mentor: Yee Poon :)

We’ve been buzzing over here at Briefbox HQ as our design team have been working full steam ahead on our new brand and UI set to release in a few months. We can’t wait to show you all the improvements and with this fresh batch of updates comes another addition to our team of pro mentors. Ladies and gentlemen; introducing Yee Poon!

Yee currently works as a designer at Supple who are an award winning agency based in Bath, UK. Yee has also worked at her fair share of other UK based agencies and her skill set covers everything from branding through to digital layouts. We couldn’t be more excited to have her join the team and to celebrate her arrival, we chat all things creative with Yee to find out more about what floats her boat and what inspires her work.

What was your background before you became a full-time designer?
Originally from Swindon then moved to Bristol to study Graphic Design… and now I call myself a designer 🙂

How did you get into the design industry?
I started off by doing placements and internships at a few design studios and agencies until one offered me a job. Internships are a great way to build up your network and connections whilst improving your skills at the same time.

What were your main struggles when you started out and how did you overcome them?
Confidence. At uni, I was essentially my own client. But in the real world graphic design, there are so many others I need to please. It took me a while to be confident in selling my ideas and designs to the Creative Director, Account Managers and of course clients! Sometimes you know what you’ve done is good but just can’t quite verbalise it in a coherent way. I think confidence definitely comes with experience and practice, but being in an environment that empowers you to believe in yourself is hugely important. My confidence has definitely improved since uni but there are still days where I’m like, “I’m shit at this!”

What is your favourite area of design?
I enjoy working on branding projects. My favourite stage is researching and conceptualising, being totally free with my ideas and just messing around! I way prefer starting with pen and paper, whether it’s crafting some lettering for a logo idea, or sketching out an ad layout.

Do you have a piece of work you’re most proud of?
When I did my placement at Orca Design, I helped design the Bristol Pound illustration which got chosen for print and was distributed across Bristol. That for me was my most memorable moment. Something I made that was tangible and that I could show my mum.

Where do you find the most inspiration? 

https://www.typewolf.com

https://bpando.org

https://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew

http://khroma.co


Who are your favourite designers at the moment?

Really digging the following awesome designers at the moment, but this changes from time to time. I’m in to quite abstract posters and editorial layouts at the mo!

Braulio Amado

Caterina Bianchini


Alexis Taieb (Tyrsa)

Matt Willey

What piece of advice would you give to someone breaking into the industry?

Keep going to those design talks/events and start conversations with strangers.
Remember that the design community is small. Everyone knows everyone – so just be nice.

That’s it from Yee and keep an eye out for more of her work coming soon. Yee will be creating tutorials, briefs and other design work for Briefbox moving forward and we’re super proud to have her on board! Thanks Yee 🙂

You can find more of Yee’s work here: Instagram, Website, Twitter