How would you describe your job?
As a senior designer I’m usually involved in a project from the very first briefing through to the end, often getting involved in pitches and potential new business. Each project will usually have myself and another designer working on it, so I work closely with them and oversee any interns or freelancers helping out. My role involves talking to clients on a daily basis or presenting work with either Nick Finney or Alan Dye [creative directors], our account manager Tom and strategist Dan. I try and develop friendly relationships throughout projects with suppliers, illustrators, animators and photographers, so I’m often pulling together briefs for them or passing on feedback.
What does a typical working day look like?
On a Monday morning we all get together in the kitchen and discuss what’s on in the week and how everyone’s time is split between jobs, which usually depends on deadlines and meetings. An ideal day is one that isn’t interrupted by too many emails, phone calls or unexpected distractions! I love a day where I can really get my head into something; sadly a typical day doesn’t always go so smoothly. Working hours are from 9.30am to 6pm but definitely varies throughout the year. I’ve done plenty of late nights but I’m a firm believer in not staying late for the sake of it. I find my brain stops working properly past 7.30pm so everything takes twice as long and is never as good as when you’ve had a decent sleep.
Where does the majority of your work take place?
Too much of my work is spent in front of a computer, but I always jump at the chance to take a pile of scrap paper away from my desk and sketch out ideas, or mock stuff up over by the cutting mats.
How collaborative is your work?
My role is extremely collaborative. On a daily basis I work closely with nearly every member of the team. For us it’s all about working with the best people and we try and collaborate with an individual or company on nearly every project (from illustrators, animators, photographers and typographers to digital designers and printers). I also think that working with a client is a collaborative process and that’s how we get the best results.
What are the most and least enjoyable aspects of your job?
I’d say I’m pretty good at handling stress and I’m always very calm if there’s a problem or last-minute deadline. The least enjoyable aspect is how much time I spend on email but I’m sure, compared to many roles in the studio, it’s hardly any time at all. The most enjoyable aspect is when everyone in the studio can get together for the day on a new project. We’ll all get briefed, go away for a few hours and bring back all the ideas we’ve had. It usually ends up with an entire wall and half the floor covered in printouts, books, magazines and sketches – it’s a great way of kicking off a project.