What are the most and least enjoyable aspects of your job?
Time management is the most challenging thing. Work usually has a way of finding me all at the same time, so I’m either dead quiet or ridiculously busy – rarely in-between. A good work-life balance is my long-term goal.
The most enjoyable part is creating new ideas for a brief. Sometimes this can be a real challenge, but it feels great when I finally crack it.
What has been the most exciting project of the last twelve months?
I really loved a climate change project for Good magazine from last summer. They asked me to create a digital article to respond to Michael Bloomberg’s book, Climate of Hope; extracting insights and expanding on them visually. It was a real challenge, but I had a lot of creative control over the project and felt a strong ownership over it all.
Having more freedom meant I could use a more ‘informal’ visual style. For years I’ve been trying to get better by having neater lines, cleaner edges and more a more refined style, but I’ve really been trying to work against this. This project really helped me work out how to execute that.
What skills are essential to your job?
Creativity (especially when under pressure), time management, money management, knowing Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
What tools do you use most for your work?
Up until a year or so ago I would have said an A4 sketchbook, Faber-Castell pencils, Adobe Photoshop, illustrator and a Wacom Intuos graphics tablet. But now I use my iPad Pro with Apple Pencil most of the time. Also, Xero accountancy software.