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After initially joining the illustration course at Brighton, Rifke Sadleir switched to graphic design within just two months. Although she now works predominantly with other people’s designs, she cites her graphic design background as having had a major influence in her practice as a developer: “Having a design education enables me to offer opinions on design decisions”, she says. Only a year out of university, she has already compiled an impressively sophisticated portfolio, complementing her work as a developer at design studio Our Place with an eclectic and revolving set of self-initiated projects. Here, she talks early experiences, getting to grips with the gender issues surrounding coding and overcoming fraudulent feelings for not having a ‘legitimate’ coding background.

Job Title: Designer and Developer, Our Place (2016–present)
Based: London
Selected Clients: It’s Nice That, Dropbox, Contra Journal, Sparrow, Ben Weaver Associates, Pete Sharp, Harry Butt, Corin Kennington, Adam Slama, Synthetic Ecology
Previous Employment: Multiple States, Designer and Developer (2015–2016)
Assembly London, Design Intern (2016)
Education: BA Graphic Design, University of Brighton (2013–2016)


Read more from her interview with It’s Nice That here: 


Website for Brighton Graphics and Illustration graduates

It’s Nice That x Dropbox paper collaboration

It’s Nice That x Dropbox paper collaboration

Website for Synthetic Ecology