How would you describe your job while at The New York Times?
I worked on design and art direction, mainly for digital brand partnerships at The New York Times’ in-house creative agency, T-Brand Studio.
What does a typical working day look like?
I usually cycled or walked to the office in Bloomsbury, typically working between 9.30am and 6pm. My role varied, from setting the look and feel of our paid posts, brainstorming ideas for pitches, collaborating with our developer on more custom projects, to identifying and working closely with commissioned illustrators and photographers.
Most of my time was spent in front of a computer, otherwise I was sat in brainstorms for pitches, or in meetings with live-project teams. There are lots of spaces in the office that I liked to use if I was researching or sketching layouts, and sometimes I would invite illustrators and photographers into the office to share their portfolios, which was an inspiring break from our desks.
What do you like about working in London?
I like that London is a diverse and inclusive city, and it’s incredible for music, arts and culture. But having grown up in Manchester, I find the high cost of living to be a complete killjoy, and I wish people were friendlier. As a creative, you need to be more reliant on commercial projects and full-time work, which leaves little time for personal practice – in my experience at least.
Living in Belgium and visiting the Netherlands often has shown me that there are many cities where the cost of living is lower, meaning that a better balance is achievable.