How would you describe your job?
I make new and engaging ways of visualising stories; whether it’s through online interactive features, video animations or infographics. I used to work on breaking news when I first started at CNN but now I work in what would traditionally be known as the features department, but we call it ‘Special Projects’, which sounds more mysterious.
What does a typical working day look like?
I get to my desk at 10am and read industry news or newsletters; it’s always good to keep your finger on the button. I’ll tackle my emails and try to respond to anyone as soon as possible. On an ideal day I’ll spend a good two to three hours actually designing, but realistically the fun designing part is a small part of the job. The rest of the time it’s presenting a design to the editorial team, tweaking a wireframe, testing a prototype, making UX changes, carrying out QA [quality assurance] with a developer and general project management. I also might be working on a pitch for an idea I’ve had, checking an audio file from a sound designer, storyboarding for an animation or working with an illustrator to bring a brief to life.
What do you like about working in London?
London is wonderful place to work! There’s so much inspiration, world class exhibitions and tiny exhibitions spaces and degree shows that blurt out incredibly creative new work. I’ve loved working in big cities, there’s always lots of competition which fosters creativity.