CHRISTINA ILIOPOULOU

Graduating from high school I found myself in a kind of difficult situation, having to take a decision which would impact the rest of my life.  

School of Fine Arts or School of Applied Arts? Fine Arts or Graphic Design? Free design or mock-ups? Brushes or mouse? 

I believe things and situations decided for me. I started taking fast-track design courses to prepare myself for the School of Fine Arts. And yet, despite my love for painting, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do that ‘forever’, to make a living out of it.  A little complication here, my love for music there, to make a long story short, I decided that what I really wanted was to design music album covers. That was the new goal! So School of Applied Arts it would be.

Web design was already blossoming. With the first courses, I got excited. A brand new world was being revealed! 

However, things didn’t start the way I had imagined. My first job was with a humble local newspaper. QuarkXPress. Page setup. Closing archives… what a headache!  And then the typesetters. Those typesetters, indeed! Disillusion.

Next stop, a small creative agency where I did everything, from logos and ads, booklets, posters, and shop fronts all the way to web pages. New love in the air, new goal. Back to school, Flash + Dreamweaver seminars, yeah, goodbye typesetters, hello programmers! 

For nearly ten years now, I have been changing quite a number of jobs, designing quite a few websites, attending courses for the upcoming technologies, and yet, I never got to design a single music album cover. I don’t really mind. I love what I do and can’t imagine doing something else. :)