Tell us about yourself
My name is Simon Palmer and I’m from Glasgow. I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) in 2014 with a BA (Hons) in Interior Design.
I live and work in Glasgow, where I am an Interior Designer at Graven Images.
I always aspired to go to art school. Upon leaving high school, I originally applied for Architecture at GSA, but decided to go back to my roots as an artist first.
I completed a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Fine Art at the Glasgow Met, now the City of Glasgow College, and then did a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Interior Design. This set me up to secure direct entry into second year at ECA.
Why did you choose to study at ECA?
I was advised by a college tutor that ECA was the best place to study Interior Design in Scotland.
I had a couple of interviews elsewhere. I felt that the other institutions demanded I prove to them why I deserve to study with them. ECA welcomed me with open arms and told me why they wanted me to study with them. The decision was easy.
What did you like about ECA?
The School of Design (where Interior Design is based) is a small and diverse community. Classes are small in numbers and rich in interaction.
Everyone gets to know each other and you graduate knowing amazing artists, designers and friends.
Edinburgh was a second home to me. I chose to commute from Glasgow every day; my regret is I didn't move. I feel I missed out on the amazing experience that is student life in the city of Edinburgh.
Tell us about your creative practice?
Designing and working in a creative and challenging environment is incredibly rewarding. I am constantly networking and meeting new people in the creative industry who love it just as much as I do.
It makes me happy, so I think I will stick at it.
What have been your biggest achievements since you graduated?
Not giving up in the search for my first design job. It is a tough and tedious process and you will feel like giving up. I had a couple of moments when I questioned my abilities but, through patience, I secured my first design job which happens to be my dream job working for my dream company.
What advice would you give someone wanting to study, and have a career in, your area of expertise?
It may seem like, to find a career in the design industry, all roads lead to London. I had friends that had graduated in years before me who found work down south and proclaimed that London was the forefront of design and therefore the best place to work.
Yes, London may be an exciting place to live and work, but the most successful individuals in design have never followed the crowd. To be successful in the creative industry, you go the way that no one else is going, forge your own path and don't follow someone else's tracks.
The creative industry, and want for creative individuals, exists outside the realms of London. Work hard and things will come your way.