dario-omcWhere do you work now?

OMC Connect, Mooloolaba

What is your role?

Online Solutions Developer and Designer (Web Design & Graphic Design)

Describe your typical day as a designer.

Rock up to work at 8am, scan through my emails, quick work in progress meeting, go through the days schedule with the team, work on jobs ranging from logo design, style guides, print jobs (corporate stationary), preparing finished art to go to print, web design & development (cutting code, css & divs), email html (tables), email signatures, trade show banners (large print jobs), complete business rebranding, getting my head around Business Catalyst, etc. 4pm finish. Plus, crossfit twice a week with the team, loads of coffee and having a good laugh!

Weapons of choice! Adobe Creative Suite CS6, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Coda 2, Business Catalyst, 27” iMac.

What do you love about being a designer?

Beats chef’n any day! Get paid to make things look good! It’s FUN, especially working with a great team! Creativity is endless!

What area were you working in before the course?


Why did you decide to do the course?

Was always supposed to begin a career within the creative industry after leaving high school. Circumstances lead me into hospitality, but thanks to my beautiful wife I was finally able to undertake the Diploma of Graphic Design.

What was the most valuable thing you took away from the course?

Great friends! Great teachers! Illustrator! Vector! InDesign! Print knowledge (super helpful)! Camera skills!

How did you find the TAFE environment, facilities and teaching?

Teaching top notch! Great learning environment, bouncing ideas off one another. Facilities, ie. Printers would have been great if they worked, fonts were an issue for a bit!

How long did it take you to secure a job?

Scored a freelance job for dtb! before I finished the course and scored a full time job at the Graduating Exhibition.

What was the response like to your self promotion packs and websites during interviews?

Great conversation starter! Helped secure my full time job!

What's been the highlight of your career so far?

Awards I won during my time at Tafe! Carnage CD Poster & CD Case (metal & rust). Lego Mario DG Magazine Cover (national notable entry). Buzz Packaging & Rationale Design (national bronze award). Best overall award 2 years in a row! Super Dario Animation. Hot Business Events rebrand (current OMC Connect project, complete branding, logo, print, web).


Any advice for someone pondering whether to take the leap into graphic design and sign up for the course?

Your end goal depends on you! If you put in the hard yards, it pays off tenfold! Prepare for a shitload of work, especially with Cap’n Jack and thanks for coming! J

Visit Dario's website: www.dpdesigns.com.au