When Celeste’s good friend suddenly passed away, followed by her grandmother, she was forced to re-evaluate things. She knew she wanted to escape the traditional way of working - but how?

An experienced and ever-curious designer, Celeste decided to apply some of the co-design tools she used for client projects (from persona maps to speed ideation) to her own life. The experiment sparked a series of radical events, including quitting her 9-5 and launching StudioC with her partner Glen. They built a tiny studio in the bush (literally, with their own two hands), developed a Collective of freelance creatives who dip in and out of projects as needed, and started focusing on truly intentional work. Being surrounded by stunning landscapes, native trees, birds and wildlife (and not much else!) was a recipe for success. Even now, a few years later, Celeste’s radically different work environment fires her up on the daily to help others think outside the box, maximise opportunities for change, and build a life and business they love.

About the speaker

We will be coming together online via Zoom in collaboration with CreativeMornings Auckland.

Celeste Skachill - award-winning graphic designer

Celeste is one half of StudioC (a Wellington based creative studio) and an expert in delivering experiential graphic design for communities.

Co-design, which is all about actively involving key stakeholders in the design process, is Celeste’s passion. She believes great design improves people’s lives in some way - and that’s always her end goal.

Working remotely from StudioC’s 10sqm headquarters, Celeste helps big names (from Zealandia to Te Papa Museum) develop clear, relevant & engaging brand experiences. Ones that truly connect with their audience.

How to radically co-design your life

When Celeste’s good friend suddenly passed away, followed by her grandmother, she was forced to re-evaluate things. She knew she wanted to escape the traditional way of working - but how?

An experienced and ever-curious designer, Celeste decided to apply some of the co-design tools she used for client projects (from persona maps to speed ideation) to her own life.

The experiment sparked a series of radical events, including quitting her 9-5 and launching StudioC with her partner Glen. They built a tiny studio in the bush (literally, with their own two hands), developed a Collective of freelance creatives who dip in and out of projects as needed, and started focusing on truly intentional work.

Being surrounded by stunning landscapes, native trees, birds and wildlife (and not much else!) was a recipe for success. Even now, a few years later, Celeste’s radically different work environment fires her up on the daily to help others think outside the box, maximise opportunities for change, and build a life and business they love.

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