What has been the most exciting project of the last twelve months?
In March, we launched the very first product under our own name, the Angle Razor. This started as an internal side project but in January we decided to put it on Kickstarter to gauge interest. It completely took off and was featured on all of my favourite design blogs, including Dezeen, Wallpaper*, Core77 and Design Milk. We raised nearly four times our initial target of £15,000, and just won our first D&AD Graphite Pencil for it. It’s definitely a career highlight and a testament to all the hard work we’ve put in as a team, including design manager Andy Hutt and designers Ben Polhill, Léa Berger and Mike Hankin.
What skills are essential to your job?
Communication is super-important, which can be really tiring because I’m not an entirely extroverted person. Creative problem solving is also up there. Luckily this is something I love, which is fortunate because you find yourself facing a lot of problems when you start your own business.
Would you say your job allows for a good work/life balance?
My job has been my life for the last two-and-a-half years and it’s been super-demanding. However, over the past year I’ve realised the importance of switching off and taking a break, and I no longer work weekends and late evenings. Learning that I can create that balance myself has been huge and I do my best now not to let it slip and fall into the bad habit of working late.
What tools do you use most for your work?
A 0.8 fine liner is probably my most important tool, closely followed by email. I use software tools such as SolidWorks for 3D CAD, Illustrator for early visualisation, KeyShot for rendering and InDesign and PowerPoint for client and supplier presentations.