Becoming part of an ethical design community
Living in a community that large is one of the best things I’ve done yet. Surrounding myself with open-minded and like-minded people, all passionate about one thing, helped me develop not only as an individual but also as a designer.
Yes, it was like living in a bubble for six months as we never really left the warehouse, working on the weekends and until around 9pm or 10pm each night, but it didn’t feel like work. It was fun and we would just experiment, play, test, and discover all day. I also stopped using social media, so I really was out of the loop.
During my time there, I worked on numerous projects, bouncing between the workshop and studio. I built and curated our Dutch Design Week 2018 show, designed a shop window in Amsterdam, worked on the identity for their new project ‘One Army’. I also got to visit the Maldives with Dave and Jerry (another volunteer) where we set up a plastic recycling workspace inside a shipping container, and ended up teaching yoga every morning!
I learnt a lot about myself in those six months. I really discovered what I like, what I don’t like, what I want to do, and who I am as a designer. I’ve come out with a burning passion for doing work for good, to design for people, with people, and have a positive impact through a variety of combined disciplines. I’m basically half activist, half designer.