Ella McLean

Graphic Designer
New Zealand
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Hi there! I'm Ella McLean. I’m a hardworking creative, full of BIG ideas, good chat and a lot of ambition. The good news is that all of this is reaected in my work and I really value the process it takes to achieve an end goal. I'm originally from New Zealand where I worked in marketing and public relations. This year I took the plunge to explore my love for design, packed my bags and moved to Sydney where I had the most epic experience studying graphic design at Shillington. Passion = found. In my spare time you can 􀃕nd me at the beach, heading to industry events, catching up with friends, 􀃕nding the best co􀃠ee spots in town or talking to your grandma ( I really love elderly people).

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Work Experience
The PR Shop
Senior Account Executive
Aug 2018 – Jan 2019
Marketing Assistant
Oct 2017 – Aug 2018
Aug 2018 – Jan 2019
Auckland University of Technology
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, UI/UX Design, Sketch, Typography, Illustration, Content Creator
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I have 100% got what it takes to be next BEST WGI intern and this is an opportunity where I would GIVE. IT. MY. ALL.I'm a lateral thinker who takes one idea to the next, NEXT level and I'm really passionate about what I do. A foot in the door is all I need to show you this.I believe in heartfelt strategy and transformative design that gets under the skin to shape human behaviour. With my multidisciplinary background in graphic design, marketing, public relations and journalism - I hope to one day incorporate all aspects and new skills to bring my perspective to life.Thank you so much for considering my application. I hope to hear from you soon. Let's do this.Best wishes,Ella McLean+61 426 618 058Education:CERTIFICATE IV IN DESIGN - graphic designShillington Sydney Feb-May 2019BACHELOR OF COMMUNICATIONS - major in Journalism, minor in Public RelationsAuckland University of Technology 2014-2016Work Experience:Senior Account Executive - The PR ShopMarketing Assistant / Social Media Manager - FarroInternships - Woman's Day Magazine, Lily & Louis, New Zealand Fashion Week

1. Why are you interested in wgi?

I think the name says it all! If there is ever a sign to go for an opportunity that will break me into the top industry agencies then THIS IS IT.

2. What are you looking to gain from an experience such as WGI?

I'll be the sponge that'll soak up anything and everything! While I'm happy to take on the daily coffee orders and photocopying duties, I'd love to be pushed into the deep end and experience a well-rounded creative endeavour that will improve my skill set, and give me the opportunity to show you what I've got. I'm the intern that'll take any chance with two hands and blow your mind away!

3. What would be your goals after completing WGI if you were selected?

If there was an opportunity to stay and grow within the company then I would 100% take it.

4. How did you hear about wgi?

I was looking for an internship/job on the TDK Auckland website when I came across the WGI announcement. *ding ding ding* alarm bells went off, and here I am.

5. Share an example of a time you were most motivated and a time you were most demotivated.

The most recent example of when I was at my motivational peak was during portfolio week at Shillington College. During this time we had to complete 6 portfolio projects in 1 week. I was living, breathing and sweating graphic design on 2-3 hours sleep per night. It was tough, but the fast-paced energy was exhilarating and I loved every moment. Taking a 10-minute break on the couch was probably when I was the most demotivated. Sometimes it was hard to get up..

6. In your opinion, what creates a great culture at a company?

In my opinion, a great company culture is created by people. If you're working in a team of like-minded individuals who come from different backgrounds and have an energetic passion for what they do, then you're already learning a lot from just being around them. Working towards new opportunities and celebrating the work you do is also important to me.

7. What brands and companies do you admire and why?

For The People' - I admire their focus on bringing people closer to organisations and shaking up peoples perspectives. I particularly loved their recent work for West Coast Tasmania as it gave a voice to the locals and encouraged others to explore a different side of the region. It was interesting to see how they did this through storytelling, branding, campaigns, and advertising. 'Made Thought' - I really love their unconventional and simplistic approach to design. I feel these two values are key to any project as it gets to the point in a different way. 'RE' - I admire how they pose the real questions and deliver the right answers. I particularly admired their campaign for the Sydney Design Festival as it pushed the limits of design by diving into geography, race, gender and socioeconomics.

8. What do you do to stay sharp and improve your craft?

I'm all about finding inspiration from what's around me and try to stay away from Pinterest and social media, as anyone can easily access this. Instead, I'll read books, browse shops, people watch, museums, cafes and restaurants, look at work from agencies around the world, bounce ideas off others, even the colour palette from my dinner can give me an idea! I try to look beyond the surface of design and into the reasoning, strategy, idea and voice.

9. What’s your favorite quote?

The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.

10. If you could solve one problem in the world what would it be?

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