Do you run any self–initiated projects alongside your job?
I used to run a small apparel company called Shark Infested, designing graphics for T–shirts and sweatshirts, which I started in my last year of uni and continued for a number of years after. But with a full-time job and a busy social life, I gave up actively designing for it.
Lots of my close friends are creatives, and so naturally, we’re often discussing side projects that we could do together. Short courses are a good way to expand creative skills too – I’ve done concrete and plaster, ceramics, silversmithing and riso printing day courses, and over the last few months have been doing an online course on advanced Adobe Illustrator to stay brushed up on tools I don’t regularly use. Otherwise, I read or watch documentaries that inspire my work.
What tools do you use most for your work?
Hardware wise, I use a Macbook Pro, large screen, and graphics tablet. I use Outlook for emails, with hundreds of folders organised by subject or project. I use basics like Word or Google docs for briefing and drafting press releases.
For designing: Photoshop, Illustrator and In Design. I also often combine Keynote and Illustrator; Keynote is full of design cheats for when I’m in a hurry and I love it for so many reasons. I use my diary for my to-do lists, and notebooks for meetings and idea generation.
Working in a Roald Dahl environment, we have a wall of jars with sweets and chocolate – so I’m usually stuffing my face, Augustus Gloop style, with something from one of them, or having a nice cuppa to fuel me.