DesignGel is a collective of students and young freelance designers who offer their design services to not for profits, start up businesses and SME’s within New Zealand. Services are offered at a competitive rate and emerging designers gain work experience, credible portfolio pieces and references to enhance their CVs and professional employment prospects. It also helps fund their university study or personal projects.
To unify individuals and groups with a shared vision to create affordable, quality design products to the advantage of both parties and to develop young designers in a commercial setting to enhance their employment prospects.
Where did the idea come from?
DesignGel was born out of a young student’s desire to stop working late nights, serving drunk people for minimum wage in bars and restaurants. Debbie wanted practical work experience in a field related to her study, but couldn’t afford to work for free any longer. She noticed that many of her fellow students felt the same way. Her many contacts within the business world had shown her the plentiful nature of not–for–profits, start ups and SME’s in the Wellington business environment. Many of these burgeoning enterprises did not have sufficient funds to employ professional designers, nor did they have easy access to students who could provide them with a solution to their design needs and thus the idea for DesignGel was born.