Molly Jones

Graphic Designer
Sydney, AU
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Special skill 1: Between the ages of 􀃕fteen and eighteen, I broke my ankles seven times and was told by the doctor that I’m just really good at falling over. Special skill 2: I can cook a mean pesto pasta. Special skill 3: I can count to ten in four languages (not including pig-latin, which would make it 􀃕ve). I am a young desiner based in Sydney, Australia. I don’t drink co􀃠e but I love cafes, I can’t write songs but I love going to gigs, I’m not a male but I wear men’s shirts and I 􀃖ipping love golden hour, cheese and people. I’ve got one more subject to do in my Communication Design degree and have had a bit over two years of experience working for a local 􀃕lmmaker. I love layout, 􀃕lm, photos, branding and typography. My dream job would be to work with musicians to create all of their visual things (incl. music videos, logos, album artworks, lyric booklets, posters, photos and merch). My other dream job would be to design all the things for any people who are passionate about what they do or to make custom fonts or to make 􀃕lms or to work with charities and social enterprises or to be a big-league designer that works with huge budgets to make cool things (just kidding about that last one - mostly). Design is something I’m very passionate about and I want to learn as much as possible while not losing sight of the all the joys in life I hope you enjoy looking at some of the things I’ve recently worked on!

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I hope I'm the best candidate because I love learning. I'm like a fresh bowl of pasta that could be served with any amount of different sauces and cheeses and sides.I listed my special skills in the first question but my other skills include two-and-a-bit years of real-world-legit-client filmmaking, almost a whole design degree (one subject to go), one 30 sec music video for my brother's band that won them a competition, a few logos for businesses and a few wedding photos and films for couples.Thanks you for considering me for this internship, I'm really grateful for your time.

1. Why are you interested in wgi?

I think this program is genius! Why did no one think of it before last year?! It would literally be the world's greatest opportunity to be a part of WGI and learn from different studios in different cultures and practice, refine and grow my own skills.

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

I'm not a taker, so I my goal isn't to network and make a name for myself. I want to come humbly to people who know far more than me and learn from them. I want to see the possibilities of design and be inspired. I want to gain a greater knowledge of culture and design within different contexts and I want to grow in my skillset and maturity as a designer. Graphic design is so much more than making things look nice and I want to be able to do it justice.

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

Firstly, if I was slected I'd flip out and call all my friends to tell them how excited I was. But afterwards, I'm not sure. I'm not one to make too many plans into the future because I can't know what will happen. My hope would be to use the skills and maturity (see above answer) to work in some form of design that looks beyond just aesthetics. My dream is to (also see above answer) work with musicians to create all of their visual things (incl. music videos, logos, album artworks, lyric booklets, posters, photos and merch). I'm a huge appreciator of music and even though I can't really play, I still love the culture and would thrive being involved with it. Finishing WGI would also mean that I could a fford a new and better camera to record video which would be amazing.

4. How did you hear about wgi?

I think I stumbled across the website when it first became a thing and I've been following simce the very beginning (huge fan).

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

Most motivated: There was a particular period of my youger years that was really difficult and I heard a talk about thankfulness. It said something like, "If you were to wake up tommorow with only the things you were thankful for today, what would you have?" It shook me because I realised that even though things were hard, there were so many wonderful things around me that I could be thankful for. I think it changed the very core of my attitude to life and thankfulness brings a lot of light to whatever darkness is going on. Most demotivated (least motivated?): I've been pondering for a long time about a situation where I was demotivated and I have to say, it's really difficult to think of specifics. Demotivation probably comes when I have to do something I'm not passionate about.

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

I haven't worked in a great deal of companies but I'll have a stab. I think in terms of people relating to one another, there needs to be a rule of inclusiveness, where people's opinions can differ, but everyone is still respected and valued as a person. I think a great thing I've seen is having a culture where you try hard to not pay each other out (even though banter is fun) but actually encourage and build each other up. Another thing that creates good culture is not having stress - whether that's being more realistic about time boundaries, or paying attention to personal boundaries, it's important to not put too much pressure on people and push them towards burnout.

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

I find it easier to admire someone when I've seen them. I work for a filmmaker called Amanda and she goes by 'The Honest Jones' and has a business called 'One Minute Film' (both can be looked up on instagram or google). In the two-and-a-bit years I've worked for her, I've seen the fun, extravagent shoots and the really difficult clients (one had real deal crazy eyes), I've seen the slow days where there was hardly any work and I've seen the triumphant days where we send off a film we're extremely proud of. She's taught me the ins and outs of her business and I've learned counltess skills in filming, editing, client liasing, business strategies, how to make tea (I know, I should've already learnt that), invoicing, emailing (properly), styling and propbably a million other things. I admire Amanda for her perseverence, bravery, creativity, kindness, sense of humour, cleverness and skills.

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

Practice, practice, practice. I spend a lot of time doing small projects or creating my own projects or revisiting old projects to develop my skills and become more efficient. Editing a one-minute video used to take 10+ hours and now it probably takes under 10. I also seek inspiration and advice from wiser, more experienced people than me - whether through social networks, at work, uni or in other fields.

9. What’s your favorite quote?

""You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." - Wayne Gretzky" - Michael Scott

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

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