Ben Eli knows what it’s like to get thrown in the deep end. Joining Depop straight after graduating from Teeside University, their responsibilities as the company’s sole graphic designer helped them quickly find their feet. Entering a predominantly white and cis-het industry, however, came with inevitable challenges: “Being a visibly queer, mixed Black designer, there have been so many times when I’m the “only” [person] in the room,” Ben tells us. Last Spring, Ben joined the team at iconically colourful fashion brand Lazy Oaf – an opportunity which they attribute to their ambition, drive and genuine passion for the company. Here, we chat to Ben about personal projects, pop music as inspiration and why you don’t need to know everything to be a great designer.