Documenting my life as a designer & student

So I’ve been writing this blog for two months now and I’ve written about a fair few topics already. I’ve shared my thoughts in written form and hopefully given some informative advice so far, but I felt like there was something missing! It’s quite hard to tell the full story about life as a designer and a student without being able to show you properly, so as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words and that’s where my newest venture comes in!


Excited, Scared & Driven: Thoughts About Being a Fourth Year

Well, it’s been three long and jam-packed years but we’re finally here. Along with my fellow classmates, I have eventually reached the final stage of the marathon and have made it to the final year of my degree (maybe - I might still do my Masters at some point but it’s the final one for now!). Today is the first day of the last year here at Massey University! We’ve all survived the first three rounds but now the pressure is on; this is getting real and there’s a lot riding on the success of the final round. Will we win and launch our careers in roaring success, riding off into the sunset with our pantone swatches and macbooks in hand… or will we dwindle and fall, just missing the mark and feeling lost about who we really are and what it all means? Ugh, it’s a lot to think about and I’m not quite sure if I’m ready to contemplate the ins and outs of this year, but since I’m trying to avoid it, that probably means that I should confront it and talk it out. At least then I’ll be ready to face it all, and you’ll hopefully understand what all my whining and worrying is about! So here goes, let’s talk about feelings and stuff.

February Favourites

I can hardly believe it’s already been a whole month since I shared my January favourites with you, but here we are at the end of February with more things to love! This month I’ve bought, listened to, been given, and tried out a few new things that I thought could be handy to share with you and maybe help you out, so here goes!

The Elusive A+ : Where It's Hiding & How to Find it!

There’s just one week left to go before semester one starts here in New Zealand and I don’t know about you, but like always, I’m thinking and maybe stressing out a little bit about how I’m going to do this year. There’s just no way of knowing how each paper is going to go or what might happen, and even though I’ve had pretty good grades so far, how do I know this year won’t be completely different? It’s a pretty daunting thought, but there are some things that we can try to achieve in order to get us heading in the right direction. Now, I unfortunately don’t have the magic solution to get a perfect grade every time, but I do have some handy tips to help you aim high and head towards that A+! 

This year I was lucky enough to attend the two-day Webstock conference here in Wellington for the very first time! I rocked up to the St James Theatre on Courtenay Place at 8am, registered at the main desk, picked up my beautiful swag bag, and waited eagerly for the day to begin, curious as what it would bring along with it. I found a seat in the centre of the theatre and admired the impressive projections and staging adorning the space as I waited for 9:30 to arrive and the conference to begin. As I sat there contemplating what I would hear, who I would meet and what I might learn, I had no idea what was to come or how much these next two days would change my life.

4 simple steps to boost your time management skills

Being a student means that not only do you have lots of work to do, but the work is often spread across several different papers, and it can be quite difficult to keep on top of it all and manage your time properly. During my three years at university so far, I’ve worked out a system that works for me, helping me to get my work done on time and also keep track of what I need to do next.

January Favourites

Somehow we’ve already made it to February, and January is soon to be forgotten. As we continue on this exciting 2016 adventure, I thought it would be a cool idea to keep track of my favourite things each month to see what makes my life easier and happier along the way, so here’s my favourite things of January 2016. Perhaps they could become your favourite things too!

What to remember when you're studying

I can’t wait to go back to uni, and I’m basically counting down the days until I get to start classes again so that I can keep learning and make my last year count for something great. I hope that you’re excited too and that you’re getting things ready to give it your all when that first day comes around. To help you make the most of your time at university, here’s a few things to remember and to help keep you on track as you continue the adventure

It’s not long now until semester one of university will be upon us and pretty soon you’ll be getting into the swing of things, but before that exciting first day rolls around, there are some things that you’ll need to help you on your way! If this is your first year at design school, or you just need a refresher on some handy things to have with you as you continue your design school journey, I’m here to help!

Gifts for your creative valentine <3

I know it’s we’ve just finished the holiday season, but I’m here to remind you that there’s another important holiday coming up soon! In about a month, the most romantic day of the year will be upon us and we need to be ready! Planning the special day can sometimes be a hassle, so I’m here to help with some gift ideas for your creative valentine!


What I've learnt in my degree so far!

This year, I’m about to start my final year of the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design at Massey University Wellington with honours. I’ve done three years of this degree already, and I’ve loved every minute of it! With my final year coming up, I thought I would reflect on what I’ve already learnt in this degree and hopefully share some insight into what a BDes can provide!


How to Get Inspired for the New Year

Sometimes it’s hard to get back into the swing of things in the new year, especially if you’ve been on a long holiday. Your mind has been full of fun times, friends, food and hopefully sunshine, as opposed to working, meeting deadlines, being creative and getting things done. Trust me, I understand that it can be like finding a needle in a haystack looking for the motivation and inspiration to get going again but I assure you, it can be done! Here are some tips to help make this transition back to being productive a little easier.

New Year's Design Resolutions

As a designer, businesswoman and human being, I’m always trying to improve myself; I try to learn more and more every day and use this new knowledge to become the best me that I can. This year I’ve decided to really think about how I want to improve in all of these areas, focussed around my career as a designer. Have a read of my New Year’s design resolutions and see if you can think of some for yourself!

Introduction to My Portfolio

Welcome to Hollie Arnett Design and welcome to my portfolio! It’s such a pleasure to have you here and an honour to introduce my work to you, so thank you for reading! I’ve spent the last seven years, throughout high school and university and my own freelance career, creating various pieces of work and building up my portfolio to where it is today; updating my display of projects as my skills have grown and developed. I hope you enjoy it!