Tom Collins talks us through his final-year Graphic Communication project on challenging online misinformation with interactive exhibitions.
Originally from Swansea, Tom moved to Cardiff in 2008 and became involved with the local music scene through his band We’re No Heroes. Through his passion for music, Tom realised the importance of design and the close relationship between the two mediums. He gained work experience by designing gig posters for local venues and promoters, while working for festivals and creating album artwork for local bands. As a self-taught designer, Tom wanted to take on a new challenge and in 2017 joined the Graphic Communication course at Cardiff Metropolitan University to grow his practice further. Over the course of his two years studying, Tom’s confidence and capabilities in his work grew and he took on some amazing opportunities, including an internship, working in industry and on freelance branding projects, while even picking up a few awards along the way. In his final year of university, Tom moved to Barry and from there focused on growing his self-initiated work while also helping local businesses. He started Barry Magazine and Barry Business Club and is currently involved in branding and organising the first Barry Pride. Now a proud Barry resident, upon leaving university Tom will continue to grow his practice, focusing on community involvement and pursuing a more truthful and meaningful approach to design