“I still can’t believe it!” – Katie Elvins nominated for Young Designer of the Year
Since joining us as an intern in 2011, Katie has been working her magic for all of Proctors’ clients, including Panasonic, Effat University, South West Water, Prysmian, and Saudi Arabia’s Economic Cities Authority (ECA) – building brands for entire cities.
Despite having all this under her belt at such a young age, Katie still can’t believe she’ll hear her name read out alongside the other nominees at London’s Emirates Stadium tomorrow evening.
“I entered not thinking I would ever make it this far, so to be selected as a finalist is an amazing feeling.
“Although I’m a little nervous, I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a big honour to have been considered [for the award] amongst such great talent, and it’s so refreshing to see how different our styles are.”
Competition will be fierce on the night as Katie lines up with nine other designers to bring home the crown of Young Designer of the Year. But that’s a thought Katie’s not allowing to cross her mind just yet.
“I can’t even think about winning the award. Being nominated is more than I could have asked for. I think us creatives all too easily doubt ourselves, so to have other people – especially my colleagues and experts – think that my work is good enough to even be recognised, is a win in itself.
“Plus, I get to put on a fancy dress for the awards evening! What’s not to love?”
Although she is incredibly humble, Katie is the embodiment of a 21st-century designer – straddling the line between online and offline with aplomb.
Alongside her full-time job at Proctor + Stevenson, Katie has founded a successful business on her typographical skills. Through gorgeous prints, flags, cards and much more, OSO TWEE has built brands for businesses of all sizes. Go follower her on Instagram @osotwee.
However, Proctors Creative Director Phil Robinson is a little less reticent when it comes to singing Katie’s praises.
“No-one is more deserving of such an accolade than Katie. Since her first day at Proctor + Stevenson, she’s applied drive, determination and a bucketful of talent to her work. No project has been too big, no client too daunting – she’s taken it all in her stride and established herself as one of the jewels in our creative crown."
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday evening and everyone here at Proctors will be cheering her on.