How would you describe your job?
As a design director, my role is a mix of collaboration, sharing ideas, asking questions, thinking strategically and conceptually – also about the actual craft and output, having the ability to help get the team to think in different ways, making decisions, and guiding a project from start to finish. It’s about being encouraging and supportive, but also challenging and skeptical, to avoid creating things that feel too familiar. It’s also about having empathy and curiosity, not only within the team but with our clients.
What does a typical working day look like?
Technically I work from 9.30am to 6pm, but I like to start a bit earlier. My brain is clearer in the morning; in the late afternoon I start to get fidgety. Some mornings I walk to work to get some exercise, but mostly I take a bus. Once I’m in I make some tea, small talk with whoever’s in the kitchen, then get into what needs to happen for the day. My time is usually split between a few projects, with a mix of discussions, checking in, catching up, meetings, and actually getting on with the work.
How did you land your current job?
While I was finishing up my time at Fabrica, I was thinking about moving to London, and connected with recruitment agency Represent so I could hit the ground running once I arrived. A few days after moving to London, they lined me up with a last-minute freelance job with DesignStudio. The next morning I started with company and pretty much stuck around ever since – they made me feel like part of the family straight away. I freelanced for a few months before they offered me a permanent role as a design director.