Meet Ella Kasperowicz, the creative spark behind this year’s graduation look!

18 July 2023

A young woman wearing an orange jumper with a dog on her lap
Ellastrated - Ella with dog

Ella graduated from Falmouth University in 2017 with a degree in BA(Hons) Illustration. Since then, she’s has established herself as a freelancer, working with a whole roster of clients including BBC Bitesize, the United Nations and more recently, TOMS.  

Over the years, Ella has also built up a large community on social media, selling her illustrated products online and at markets up and down the country.  

Ella describes her style as playful, colourful, and relatable. She specialises in information illustration, and loves finding ways to make topics more interesting, fun, and accessible. 

When the decision was made earlier this year to refresh our graduation branding and create something that felt authentic and reflected the real student experience at Falmouth, Ella seemed like the perfect person for the job. 

The main goal was to capture the unique essence of Falmouth University, creating a fresh look and feel that was celebratory, packed with nostalgia and paid tribute to Falmouth’s much beloved quirks.   

To find out what our current students and graduates will always associate with Falmouth, we put a call out on our social media for people to share their favourite things about the University, the town, and its people.

Responses were wide-ranging and, in some cases, quite specific! They included BBQs on the beach, ice cream on a warm summer’s day, campus cats, pints of Rattler, trips to Trago, a few too many nights in Mangos and, of course, plenty of pasties.

As part of the redesign, Ella then gathered all of these responses and transformed them into a series of illustrations in her signature style. These illustrations now feature on the front cover of our graduation brochure – a special keepsake that our graduates can hold onto and look back at for years to come.  

Falmouth University Graduation brochure cover of illustrations associated with Falmouth
Ellastrated graduation brochure
Inside Falmouth University's Graduation brochure
Inside cover of Falmouth University graduation brochure ellastrated

Working with the University and diving headfirst back into student life Falmouth inevitably took Ella on her own trip down memory lane.  

“There’s so much I’ll always remember about Falmouth. The amazing people I met at Uni, who are still my best friends. Going for pints of Rattler after a day in the studio together. Sea swims at Gylly Beach. Getting chips from Harbour Lights and eating them at the Front.” Says Ella.  

“Being commissioned by the University feels completely surreal but incredible at the same time. I’m so proud of how far I’ve come and it’s a massive honour for me to work with my old University.”  

“The one thing I would tell people graduating is try not to put too much pressure on yourself – sometimes it takes time to figure everything out and that’s okay. Keep going and believing in yourself, you’ve got this.”

See more of Ella's work over on her Instagram

Keep in touch

We love reconnecting and collaborating with Falmouth graduates like Ella.   

If you’re graduating this year, make sure you join the Falmouth University Alumni Network to keep in touch with the University and tell us about all the amazing things you’re up to. It’s also a great place for growing your professional network and developing industry relationships.   

Find out more about our alumni network and range of exclusive benefits by visiting our Alumni page

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