CATCH UP WITH THE GIRLS AT TOPSHOP HQ

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a junior graphic designer for Topshop? Well wonder no more! This month we caught up with Lily Dunlop from Manchester to find out exactly what the job entails, what hero piece she’s coveting this season and her pick of the hottest hang-outs in London and Manchester…

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My job title is… Junior Graphic Designer

And that means… I design the print promotional material that goes into store for events, store openings and campaigns. This includes flyers, invites, posters, ticketing, look books, magazines and the occasional window display.

I studied… Graphic Design at Northumbria University.

I got my job by… Exhibiting my work at D&AD, a showcase for graduating Graphic Designers and illustrators. My portfolio included a few fashion based projects which my manager noticed and asked me to come to Topshop for a interview.

In a typical working day I… Might be briefed on a project from our marketing team which could involve a new store opening, a competition or an event happening in store. I could also be approving proofs from printers, meeting with paper suppliers and I often scroll through a few design blogs and tumblrs looking for inspiration.

The best thing about my job is… Seeing my graphics in store at an event. After working hard on a project for so long, seeing it go live is a great feeling.

When I was growing up I wanted to be… A professional showjumper.

I couldn’t do my job without… My amazing team, Lemon Fanta and a good Muji notebook.

My advice to students hoping to crack the fashion industry would be… Work hard and be nice to people. Everybody in the industry is connected so making contacts is key and placements are a must for gaining experience. I believe that if you love what you do you tend to be successful at it.

My signature style is… I love a good polka-dot print and a bright nail varnish can finish off any outfit.

And my hero piece for this season is… The pleated dip hem skirt. Its nice and summery even when the sun isn’t out, which at the moment seems to be most days.

When I’m in London, my hottest hang-outs are… I live in Brixton, so at the weekends I always grab something to eat at Brixton Village – Honest Burgers have the best salt and rosemary chips. For drinks I can’t wait for Franks Café in Peckham to open and the White Horse on Brixton Hill is perfect for a good Saturday night dance.

And when I’m in my hometown I love hanging out at… For vintage shopping I love the Northern Quarter. Ryan Vintage is an amazing treasure trove. For cheap cocktails I go to Font Bar and for dancing I would head to Factory 251.

I can’t live without… My friends, boyfriend, laptop and a good canvas bag to hold the contents of my life.

My favourite magazine is… 10, Stylist, Elephant and Time Out to check what’s going on around London.

I love grabbing my lunch from… Reynolds round the corner from work is my main port of call, but a burrito from Benito’s Hat is always a winner and I’m partial to a fish finger wrap from Leon every now and then.

On my iPod right now is… Marina and the Diamonds, The Black Keys, Sébastien Tellier and after getting back from Coachella, I’ve been listening to a lot of Snoop Dog and Eminem.

As a special treat, I love to… Buy a nice design book. Victionary are my favourite publishers, they always produce beautifully made books.

In five years I’d like to be… Still designing print based work in the fashion industry, but preferably living in New York in a nice loft apartment.