Providing honest advice and practical skills to designers in the middle of their careers.
WHY A SCHOOL?
We aren’t a real school offering qualifications, but we use the term loosely to reflect our commitment to passing on practical knowledge, not just inspiration. We also love that a school is a place where you can learn as much from your peers, as those teaching.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Our events are aimed at designers working between Middleweight and Creative Director level.
The current curriculum is most relevant to those working in the world of graphic design and branding, but everyone is welcome.
WHERE WILL IT HAPPEN?
Initially our events will be London based, but we would love to spread beyond the city in the future.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
We believe that helping more people to stay in the industry, realise their potential, and become better leaders, will be a small step towards tackling our wider industry problems around diversity and mental health.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
Interested in speaking or volunteering at our events? We'd love to hear from you firstname.lastname@example.org
WHY THE MIDDLE?
Being a designer is about way more than design. This becomes vividly clear in the middle of your career. A time when your responsibilities are growing beyond just yourself and your design output. When professionally, you are starting to lead projects, mentor juniors and build client relationships, all whilst balancing new responsibilities in your personal life.
There are lots of amazing initiatives and resources out there for designers at the start of their careers, but far fewer options tailored to more senior designers. The Middle School aims to fill that gap by providing open, affordable events and online content.
WHAT CAN I LEARN?
Our focus is on the skills you need as a designer, beyond the design basics.
We'll cover topics such as presenting work, leading teams and dealing with stress, through to art direction and strategy.
WHO ARE THE TEACHERS?
Our teachers come from the design industry and beyond, and are all at various phases of their career. As well as designers, you'll hear from copywriters, strategists, directors, photographers and more.
WHO RUNS IT?
The Middle School was created by Alison Haigh (@alisonhaigh), a Senior Designer at DesignStudio in London (who is very much in the middle herself)