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Rugby fan Oran Kane's big designs

It took a while for Oran Kane to settle on a career path but he is now fast making up for any lost time, says Amanda Ferguson

By Amanda Ferguson

The future is looking bright for Co Down graphic designer Oran Kane. The budding entrepreneur from Bangor has an enviable portfolio of work and this year secured contracts with a number of clients including Clandeboye Estate and Ulster Rugby.

What makes this all the more impressive is that Oran hadn’t even graduated from university at the time.

After completing an HND |in graphic design at Belfast Metropolitan College he entered the final year of the BA honours graphic design course at Plymouth College of Art in 2012.

After completing his studies this summer he was then selected for the prestigious New Designers Exhibition in London, an annual showcase for the |best emerging design talent.

Like many young people Oran (25) took the scenic route through education before realising graphic design was his calling.

“I've always liked design and thought about studying architecture,” he said.

“I left Strangford College at 16 and studied electronic engineering at Bangor tech.

“I had a number of part-time jobs and then I worked for IM Windows & Conservatories.

“At one stage I designed the headed paper for them and realised I liked doing that sort of work.

“After A-Levels at Belfast Met I went straight into their HND in graphic design at Millfield and really enjoyed it. I would go back and do it again if I could.”

As an Ulster Rugby fan Oran was thrilled to then gain a work placement at Ravenhill in summer 2012.

“I replied to an ad on their website for a marketing placement and got it,” he said. “Everyone up at Ravenhill is very good and I got to see the press conferences and meet some players.

“When the placement came to an end I was keen to remain part of Ulster Rugby so I carried on working on various promotions for them from Plymouth, where I’m about to finish my degree.

“Then in January I sent my proposal for media associated with the 2013-14 season and I was successful.”

Phillip Pollack, business development executive at Ulster Rugby, told Business Month the young freelance designer has the admirable ability of being able to take a brief and deliver an outcome which often |surpass expectations.

“Oran has been a pleasure to have working in the office and on the end of the phone whilst in England studying,” Phillip said. “Turn-around times for artwork and ideas are minimal which is important for our organisation.

“During the time Oran has spent with us he has had interaction with our sales, marketing, PR and communications divisions and on each occasion has a sound understanding of our needs and requirements.

“I’m very grateful to him for the time and effort he has put into his work with Ulster Rugby, he has certainly contributed to taking our department to another level and I hope we continue to have a strong and productive partnership.”

In July, Oran, a member of the Chartered Society of Designers, had his work showcased at the New Designers Exhibition in London sparking the interest of some more major companies.

For now he’s enjoying the |direction that his career is taking and hopes to build on this. “I |really enjoy what I do,” Oran said. “It's an exciting time.”

For more information on Oran visit www.orankane.com

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