How collaborative is your work?
There's always an amount of collaboration with the client, some people like Manual For Speed, we bounce ideas around a lot which I really enjoy. I've always shared a space with DR.ME, so we collaborate and give each other critique and help which is great. We also have a studio ‘crit’ thread at the studio, here we can post work and get ideas from everyone.
What are the most and least enjoyable aspects of your job?
I like being in the studio with my friends, it's an amazing environment to be in. The least enjoyable thing is business, quoting for stuff, invoicing. I tried to ignore it all for a long time.
Being freelance, I have a lot of freedom and can also work from different places. I did a residency in Barcelona a couple of years ago and I could do that whilst still working. Money is always a struggle though, so in that respect it can be pretty limiting, me and Eddy (DR.ME) lived off packet ramen for years. Not the healthiest diet!
What has been the most exciting project of the last twelve months?
I got to do my first-ever cycling kit with Manual For Speed and Castelli (a bike-wear company) last year. They did a photo shoot with one of my favourite cyclists wearing it, which was a dream. I smiled for days on that! I worked with the Manual For Speed guys really closely, we were back and fourth with ideas before we decided on what the design would be based on, then Castelli were on the production. It was a really long and hard process, I've never designed kit before and technically it's quite a challenge.
What skills are essential to your job?
A sense of humour and a high tolerance to caffeine.
What tools do you use most for your work?
A Mac, Wacom graphics tablet, smart phone, digital camera, film camera, InDesign, Photoshop, illustrator, Final Cut, Instagram, Sharpies, Rotring Pens, A Moleskine. I also use paint, ink, collage, spray paint, anything I can get my hands on and experiment with really.