What did you want to be growing up?
A designer, engineer, photographer and artist. Petty much in that order.
What influence has your upbringing had on your work?
My parents were both into art and would take us to galleries whenever we were in a big city. My brother hated it but I kind of fell in love with it. It really gave me something to focus on as dyslexic kid at school because it wasn’t taught like everything else, you kind of had to teach it to yourself.
How (if at all) is the subject you studied useful to your current role?
University for me was more about learning the creative process than the actual subject I studied. Over three years I mostly learnt about the process of making, observing, and exploring ideas and creative themes. Critical thinking and the importance of total emersion were probably my other main takeaways.
What were your first jobs?
I’d had enough of having to work in retail to pay the rent and maintaining the illusion of being a struggling artist, so I started freelancing as a photographer and designer after uni. I decided that most websites were terrible and thought I could do better, so I taught myself HTML, CSS and basic Wordpress theming. Being young, I also set myself the grand mission of making the web a better place.
Working for an agency seemed like a good way to do bigger projects and learn from others so I got a job as a developer at an eight person marketing agency in Bath (Mar-com). I was thrown right in the deep end of dealing with clients and working on projects with ten times the budget I had while freelancing. It taught me so much about business, design and what it really means to be a developer. Luckily I had some great people to work with and we pushed each other all the time.