How would you describe what you do?
As of May 2021, I’ve been working as a junior designer at Manchester-based promotional merchandise supplier, Brand Addition. I work as part of a creative design team producing artwork and merchandise for clients such as PokerStars, Michelin and Google.
Before that, I worked part-time as a freelance graphic designer. I described my freelance work as “utilising artistic methods to create concept-led visual identities and playful type design”. With a background in fine art and portraiture, I enjoy experimenting with physical mediums wherever possible.
In my spare time, I’m working my way through the never-ending list of personal projects on my phone.
How did you land the job?
I saw the job advertised on creative community website, The Dots. After the initial interview, I was set a small brief. It’s no secret that this is becoming more popular in the recruitment process. It isn’t ideal, but I guess it’s another opportunity to show the company why they should hire you. Try to push the boundaries with your response. In the creative industry, it doesn’t hurt to stick out like a sore thumb.
One habit I’ve picked up from freelancing is noting the duration of each task from start to finish. I include these notes in client documents, as clients love to see where their money is being spent. I also used these notes in my responses to interview briefs and the interviewers always highlighted how much they appreciated it.