Creative Lives — Leicester-based print and graphic designer, Karl Askill: “I was convinced that London was the centre of the design universe”
Designer Karl Askill learned the value of connections early on in the game. After graduating from the London College of Communication’s Graphic and Media design course, he began designing books for a photographer, who soon introduced him to his old colleagues at Conde Nast. It wasn’t long before Karl was interning for the likes of GQ and WIRED, going on to freelance for them before joining the Peter Willberg studio full-time. Now working as a menswear designer at Next in Leicester, he admits that although the decision to leave London was a difficult and scary one, it has since paid off, becoming beneficial for both his career and personal life. He tells us how his role has continued to evolve over his career journey so far, and how he landed a position hand-crafting graphics at the company, despite having no experience in fashion.
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