Gary Dalton

Graduated – 2003


Gary took a slightly different route after graduating from university and now designs film posters for Empire Design.

The Disciples of Design Q&A

How and where did you secure your first job?
I always wanted to be a film poster designer! So I sent my CV into Empire Design and fortunately they were on the lookout for a new junior. I went in for an interview which was then followed with a two week trial along with five other candidates. The rest is history!

Do you think being a Preston student has benefited you in any way?
If I’m honest, I think I could have benefited more if I had more involvement with the students and the staff. Unfortunately, I was a bit of a soloist!

How has the industry changed over the years in your experience?
Less money! Less premiere parties!

Where do you get your ideas from? Do you prefer collaboration or thinking alone?
Still flying solo! We give our opinions and help each other out… I never look at design magazines or books for inspiration because I feel that will make me less individual.

What would you have done differently at University knowing what you know now?
Would have liked to have done a lot more screen printing!

What’s the best thing about your job?
Working on amazing films! And going to photoshoots and directing the talent!

What would you say has been the key to your success so far?

What is the most unusual thing you have done in your career?
Spent time in our office in New York.

What do you look for in graduates and their portfolios?
Photoshop skills! And originality! Less illustration!

Any advice for students entering the industry?
Have patience! Good things will come.