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“Most journeys aren’t linear” – Rebecca Wright on forging the right career path

The incoming D&AD President talks about her plans as the first educator to hold the position

Our new D&AD President is Rebecca Wright, bringing with her a unique perspective into the current state of creative education as a design educator, writer, and Dean of Academic Programmes at Central Saint Martins, UAL. She is also the co-founder of GraphicDesign& – a publishing house that publishes books and hosts events to explore what graphic design can do and why it matters. 

Wright joined outgoing D&AD President Naresh Ramchadani for the last of his Dinner With series, to discuss her “wonky” career path – switching from fine art sculpture to graphic design halfway through her undergraduate degree which ultimately allowed her pursue multiple disciplines simultaneously.

Here, Wright talks through the book that kicked off her writing career (Drip-Dry Shirts: The Evolution of the Graphic Designer) and curating the exhibition Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? that explores how graphic design can be used to inform, persuade and empower in healthcare. She also discusses her plans as the first president from the academic world, and what we can do to help graduates bridge the gap between education and work. Watch it back above.

Watch more creatives who have previously joined D&AD President Naresh Ramchandani for a chat and learn about their careers and practice.

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