Leppington man shakes up graphic design industry

Luke Fenech with some of his designs.

Luke Fenech with some of his designs.

You may not know Luke Fenech by face or by name but you've most likely seen his work on national TV.

The talented Leppington resident has only just graduated TAFE but he is already taking the graphic design industry by storm.

At just 21 years of age he has already designed logos for top clients including Survivor Australia star and professional wrestler Matty Wahlberg.

Mr Fenech said working with clients of such a high calibre had been surreal considering he only just graduated from TAFE NSW.

"As soon as I learnt the basics of the design programs at TAFE, I created a logo for myself, registered as a business and started taking on any design jobs I could - big or small," he said.

Mr Fenech's career began when he started studying a Certificate III in Design Fundamentals at Campbelltown TAFE in 2018.

He then went on to complete the Diploma of Graphic Design and Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design, all while starting his own graphic design business, LF9 Design.

"TAFE NSW provided a flexible learning environment that allowed me to attend classes three days a week and run my business on the side," he said.

"Starting a small business so early into my study was pretty risky, and it's definitely taught me many lessons, however, seeing a job I've worked so hard on completed for a customer is very rewarding, which is probably what I most enjoy about graphic design."

Luke has created designs that were used on high-performing race car, Gas Gal and has done a number of designs for local Campbelltown businesses, an air flight app and a wine label.

TAFE NSW head teacher in design Lydia Kullik said Mr Fenech's passion for design was evident in his work.

"Luke is a great example of how TAFE helps career starters or those looking to develop their practical skills through a graphic design course that provides the hands-on skills the industry is looking for," she said.

"It's also a way for students to develop industry connections because our teachers work in the field and bring a wealth of experience to our design courses."