Please join us in celebrating this month’s spotlight surface designer, Agustina Camilion. We know you’ll find her story inspiring!
Please introduce yourself.
I’m a graphic and pattern designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I studied graphic design in college and graduated in 2015. That same year I began working at an independent women’s clothing brand here in Argentina as a full-time in-house designer.
Tell us a little bit about your design journey.
Within a few months at that job (where I still am!), I learned how to design patterns for clothing. At first, it was quite tricky, I’m not going to lie! I had to learn so much even though I was already a graphic designer and had experience drawing and using Illustrator and Photoshop. I had no clue what a rapport was, what were the printing methods and fabrics that we could use, etc. Making a seamless repeat was very, very difficult, but finding the right color palettes was even worse!
But I was learning so much and enjoying every step of the way. I think the most difficult part was that I had to adapt my style to the brand, which at the beginning had nothing to do with me. Luckily my boss was and is amazing, so she taught me everything I needed to know about what colors sold best, what scales we needed on the motifs, and so on.
Do you have a favorite portfolio design or client collaboration?
My full-time job, definitely! Because of this, my dream is to have other clients like her, to get to know these small business owners, their production processes, and help them with their needs.
When you look back at your design journey so far, what are you most proud of?
That without noticing (and without looking), I found my calling! I found a very artistic profession that is related to graphic design and has all the best of both worlds: solving problems and a lot of art work.
If you could offer advice to other designers who are struggling, what would that be?
I’m actually struggling now because I want to work as a freelancer, which is new to me (I had some freelance clients in branding and graphic design), but having an in-house job definitely helped me as a professional and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for that.
So if you can, try to get a day job in the industry, at least for a while, to get your feet wet. And if that doesn’t apply to you, my advice is something that I tell myself regularly: don’t take it personally, learn from your mistakes, and move on.