First published April 17, 2023
Introducing Graphic Designer, Megan Vickers. This Lincolnshire-born, University of Bolton alum doesn’t mess about. She launched her own creative platform back in 2020 during her studies! Let’s Talk Creative aims to bridge the gap between industry and university, providing advice to young creatives through interviews, features and takeovers. She also interns for Manchester United and has a new project ready to drop! We were keen to discover what has motivated and shaped Megan in getting to this stage. She credits the support she received from her alma mater, as well as her family…, ‘I had the privilege of using my (…) granddad’s video camera for my mum’s wedding and I really believe it’s moments like this that have shaped where I am today’. Read on to discover more of her journey, from childhood beginnings, designing a family newspaper on Microsoft Word, to interviewing industry leaders, including Katy Cowan and Luke Tonge.
Megan, what’s your creative occupation?
I am a Graphic Designer currently working as a Design Intern for the football club Manchester United. I have been here since September and I love every minute! Aside from that, I am the Founder of creative platform Let’s Talk Creative and Co-Creator of an upcoming project, Better Up North.
Let’s Talk Creative is a platform that gives advice to young creatives in industry; we interview professionals, feature the fresh faces in the creative industries and provide takeovers to give a unique insight into the industry on Instagram.
Better Up North is a project I started with Sam Williams which we will talk more about soon!
Where have you been?
I was born in a small market town called Louth in Lincolnshire. I had the typical traits of a designer in drawing and even created my own family newspaper on Microsoft Word. I later moved on and developed a love for photography, taking photos on my iPod Touch. I was fortunate enough to be given a DSLR camera from my uncle and got to experience developing film and creating prints in the darkroom at college using my late great grandad’s camera. This was a really nice moment for me. Using his camera made me feel like I was keeping his legacy going and brought me closer to my roots. Growing up I’ve always had a strong relationship with my family, and links to my grandparents have always been really important. I had the privilege of using my other granddad’s video camera for my mum’s wedding and I really believe it’s moments like this that have shaped where I am today.
After studying photography I rediscovered my love of design and joined a degree at the University of Bolton. I enjoyed my time there and learnt a lot about myself, as well as gaining skills and being lucky enough to win a lot of opportunities. The university really shaped my career and allowed me to experience working as a designer through managing our degree show and designing the respective websites. The Uni and the staff really trusted me and for that I’m really grateful. It was in the gap between my first and second year that I started Let’s Talk Creative and since then things have only progressed!
I have big ambitions and loads of things that I want to achieve but, as always, it’s finding the time! MEGAN ON THE FUTURE
Where are you now?
I’m currently really busy! Over at Let’s Talk Creative we are preparing our plan for the rest of the year, and doing a lot of work behind the scenes to prepare interviews as well as bring in sponsorship to help solidify our future. There is the new project that I’m working on and my job at United, too. So, there is a lot on currently but all good things. I’m focused on putting the hard work in now in order to relax a little later in the year, and have everything running smoothly! I’m also trying to progress on a personal level and keep developing my skills – making sure I keep moving forward in everything that I do.
Where are you going?
I’m going (hopefully) in a positive direction. I’m planning for the future and building on the progress I’ve already made, looking at more ways to help other young creatives. I have big ambitions and loads of things that I want to achieve but, as always, it’s finding the time!
Finally, what’s occupying your thoughts today?
Today, my thoughts are being occupied by what we can do at Let’s Talk Creative to improve lives and support young creatives. I’m just trying to keep on top of everything and work towards my end goals.