Rowan Green's keen eye for design

Discover how Rowan's time at Plymouth lay the foundations for a successful career as the Design and Visual Identity Manager for the National Trust

Rowan Green

BA (Hons) Graphic Communication with Typography graduate 2009 | two minute read | 24 April 2018 | 

“The freedom, support and guidance at Plymouth guided my strengths toward a career that so far has been very rewarding.”


I chose Plymouth because it has brilliant facilities for design – a great studio space, a letterpress facility, screen printing and others. It seemed like it had a good emphasis on craft. The fact it was in the South West was a bonus.

The course itself was a good foundation for me, at a university which is a great place, with real ambition to provide a brilliant education. 

Being at university is such an opportunity to learn without too many other pressures. I recommend you grasp every opportunity and enjoy it. I have too many favourite memories of my time studying at Plymouth to mention just one, but, for sure, the people made it.  

The freedom, support and guidance at Plymouth guided my strengths toward a career that so far has been very rewarding. We had great tutors, who didn’t just want you to get a grade – they were committed to ensuring you got the best start possible for your career, as seen by me being awarded a ‘student of the year’ award in my final year – thanks guys.

Once I graduated, I began working in public-funded contemporary art galleries. After a few years gaining experience in various design-related roles, I took a bit of time out to travel – a difficult decision at the time to make, but one I’m very glad I made, as it allowed me to return ready for a new challenge. This was when I saw my current role at the National Trust advertised. 

– Rowan is Design and Visual Identity Manager for the National Trust at their head offices in Swindon.

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