What do you like about working in London?
You get to meet tonnes of interesting people. There’s always a meet up, talk or exhibition to go to. The downside is probably the rent; it’s impossibly expensive and you have to hunt for a long time to find something decent.
As a technologist, I don’t need to be anywhere in particular to work. Remote working is getting more and more popular, but I like to work with people around me. I see the future as a half-and-half sort of deal, where you have days where you work from home, and others with your team.
How did you land your current job?
I had just finished my contract at Penguin, loosely searching for a new job while freelancing, and toying with the idea of starting my creative practice full-time. I was already familiar with BBC R&D, and when I saw the job advertised in a newsletter, I just applied.
I was thrilled when I was invited to come in for an interview. It’s hard to say what made the difference and got me the job, but my work at Penguin certainly played a part. My experience of collaborating, my ability to prototype and my knowledge and interest in UX and design probably made me stand out from the other applicants.
How collaborative is your role?
Extremely. I work with three other people on a daily basis. Together, we make a ‘minimum viable’ BBC News team: a producer, a journalist, a designer and a developer. We come up with ideas together, and although I’m alone in executing them, I have to catalyse everyone’s opinions and expertise into a prototype.
In my personal work, things vary more. I rely a lot on the feedback of my friends because I’m not the best judge of my own work (who is?).