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Lyla Johnston (she/they) is a writer, editor and multidisciplinary creative from London. Their work focuses on how they view things through a queer, neurodivergent, working-class lens.

In July 2022, Lyla became one of a chosen few to join D&AD’s prestigious Shift programme, where they will be honing their skills in the advertising world in November. Prior to that, they worked as an editorial assistant at Creative Lives in Progress.

As well, Lyla has written for multiple publications and is also a keen photographer, having collaborated with the team iconic LGBTQIA+ venue The Glory since 2017. They also have a street-style focused TikTok and Instagram presence in the works.


  • Freelance Writer (11/2021–)
  • Editorial Assistant at Creative Lives in Progress (05/2021–11/2021)
  • Freelance Photographer (07/2017–)
  • Photographer for The Glory (07/2017–11/2019)
  • Photographer at QX Magazine (08/2017–11/2018)
  • Photographer and Graphic Designer for Roland Saunders (12/2017–06/2018)
  • Social Media Manager for Walking in Stilettos (04/2016–05/2016)
  • Graphic Designer for The Paragon Collective (01/2016)



  • D&AD New Blood Shift (07/2022–present)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Creative Media Content and Production (Web Design and Social Media) from Big Creative Training (04/2020–05/2020)
  • Also included Level 2 Certificate in Employability
  • BTEC L3 National 90-Credit Diploma in Art and Design from Southwark College (09/2017–07/2018)
  • Merit
  • UAL L2 Diploma in Digital Media (Animation, Graphic Design, Filmmaking and Web Design) from Southwark College (09/2016–07/2017)
  • Distinction
  • UAL L1 Diploma in Art and Design from Lewisham College (09/2015–07/2016)
  • Merit
  • GCSE English and Maths from Lewisham College (09/2015–07/2016)
  • Both Cs


  • Writing/Journalism
  • Photography
  • Content Production
  • Social Media Management
  • Filmmaking
  • Fine Art
  • Web Design
  • Animation
  • Motion Graphics
  • Sound Design



  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Microsoft Office
  • G Suite
  • Ableton Live
  • Buffer


  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe InDesign
  • HootSuite
  • WordPress
  • Webflow
  • Figma
  • Audacity


  • Brackets
  • Logic Pro

Currently Learning

  • Cinema 4D
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe After Effects

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