Today, I’m working as a design director. If it weren’t for my experience raising money and running a business, I probably would not also have the role I have today as an investment manager at ‘Doberman Forward’, the investment arm of Doberman (the design agency where I currently work), nor would I be able to advise a startup client on what to focus on.
If I hadn’t spent hours in front of the turntables I wouldn’t have the same understanding of rhythm in typography and animation. I’m humbled to be able to draw from all these varying experiences, and to put them to work in highly diverse teams at a design studio with amazing clients.
In writing this article, I thought about what I wished somebody had told me ten years ago. Going for opportunities related to your passions and interests, over what sounds like the right title, will always be the right choice. It will also make your work more fun and rewarding. Rest assured, whatever you have planned will change, and that’s alright because it will be all the more exciting for it.
As Marcus Engman, formerly head of design at IKEA, puts it: “If you try, you will fail. What else is there? The worst thing would be not trying.”