Be Creative, Think Creatively

0 367
Digital Alumni: Katie Hilton

Words by Storm Rannard 

KATIE Hilton graduated from the Graphic Design course at MMU in July 2012 and has gone on to establish herself in the digital creative sector.
You may have seen some of Katie Hilton’s design work before. The MMU graduate had her graphic art showcased on the Corridor Manchester digital screen, on Oxford Road, located at the Mabel Tylecote building at All Saints Campus, following a project she completed in 2012.
“I was in to the digital side of things in University,” says Hilton. “My skill set is in things like animation and I wanted to go into the digital sector – the Corridor project gave me the chance to do that.”
Since completing the project and graduating from MMU, Hilton has gone on to make waves in the creative industry, working full-time for multimedia design agency Drawing Room and continuing to freelance for Corridor Manchester.
The Drawing Room, formerly Vibe Republic, is located within the Sharp Project and has just three staff. This has gifted Hilton with the chance to grow as part of a creative and digital design team.
How did your course prepare you for the world of work?
In third year especially, we had a lot of guest lecturers and workshops with people from the industry. It was nice for people to come in and give you a kick up the backside and let you know what it’s really like out there. We were never forced into a particular career path on the course; it was left open for us to explore. Software was also always readily available and easy to use – if I wanted to make an app or a website, I was able to.
How have you found the transition from student to professional?
I think I bridged it well with the Corridor project. It was nice working for a client as it was a contrast for me. There were certain restrictions on what you could put on the screen, unlike my projects at University. But the biggest learning curve has to be getting my current job; there’s a pressure behind you that’s exciting.
What does you current role involve?
I’ve worked on magazines and websites and we’ve recently pitched a video for the Sharp Project. From day to day I could be working on anything. I’m involved in creative projects, from the first creative spin to the end product.
Does the digital equipment at MMU meet professional standards?
Definitely – I’ve heard about the new art school and its equipment, but even when I was there we had the latest Macs, which I relied heavily on at University. It would have been nice to have more, but I hear there are now!
What’s been the biggest achievement in your professional life so far?
Probably seeing my stuff on the Corridor screen; it was my first major project. Also, between graduating and getting my current job, I had a work placement at Ted Baker down in London as part of the Creative Department. That was an eye opener.
What are your ambitions for the future?
I can see myself staying where I am for quite a while. This job has given me the opportunity to explore different avenues of design which I wouldn’t be able to do on my own. I can see myself growing with this company. It’s a young business with far to go, so it will be nice to see it blossom.
Click here to see some of Katie’s work for Corridor Manchester and follower her on Twitter @_katiehilton

About the author / 


aAh! Magazine is Manchester Metropolitan University's arts and culture magazine.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More News Stories:

  • Bakar @ Albert Hall live review – Bakar dares to dream big 

    Featured image and gallery: Georgina Hurdsfield The gloomy refrain “I hate the facts, I hate the situation” echoes affirmatively among the gothic furnishings of the Albert Hall. The fact is that 5000 fans have converged under the ornate roof; the situation being the first of Bakar’s two sold-out shows in Manchester. The aforementioned lyrics couldn’t…

  • Of Mice & Men @ Rebellion review – metalcore masters tear it up

    Featured image and gallery: Ameena Ceesay So-Cal band Of Mice & Men have spent the better part of a decade rising through the metalcore ranks. A couple months from the release of their 8th studio album, Tether, and as part of their UK and Europ…well, Germany tour, they grace the Rebellion stage and proceed to…

  • Anne Marie @ AO Arena Manchester review – A perfect and unexpected theatrical experience

    Featured Image and gallery: Ben Redshaw From West End childhood star and karate world champion to BRIT Award-winning popstar, Anne-Marie arrives at the AO Arena on the back of her third studio album, Unhealthy.  Leah Kate, an American singer best known for her post-heartbreak songs, is the opener. Kate tells the story of sliding into…

  • Manchester creatives celebrate identity, community and queerness at the 2023 Bound Art Book Fair at Whitworth Art Gallery

    Featured image and photography: Anna Klekot The Bound Art Book Fair returned to The Whitworth art gallery this month, featuring over 65 exhibitors showcasing a range of creative work including zines, books and posters. The gallery was filled with independent publishers and artists showcasing creative projects, and featured free artist talks open to the public,…