If you could pick three things that you’ve found useful or inspiring to your work or career, what would they be and why?
Jamie Brindle on TikTok and his freelance advice. He talks about navigating the freelance world and negotiating and talking money with clients.
The It’s Nice That podcast (from 2017). During university I remember listening to this series of podcasts. There were some great nuggets of information scattered throughout each episode. The one that really stuck with me and I regularly quote is the episode about colour, which looks into colour theory and the psychology behind it. I know that It’s Nice That have a new podcast, too, which is on my list!
Failed It! by Erik Kessels. It’s a short book that teaches one to embrace imperfections within art and design. A friend of mine introduced me to the book, which has subconsciously influenced my work ever since.
What would you say has been your biggest challenge along the way?
There have probably been a few but I would say a big challenge is stability. Since leaving school I’ve not really lived a stable life until now. Job security, working zero-hour contracts or in the gig economy was extremely tough, and I did not have the skills, education or support to be able to pull myself up out of this kind of work.
As mentioned earlier, being in education gave me time to develop both as a person and in design. I guess in many ways I still live the same life as before with no job security (as a freelancer) but this time around it feels like my choice instead of it being out of necessity.