Design / Illustration / Typography
Describe yourself in three words…
Tall / Ginger / Tenacious.
Tell us about your background…
Well, I was a bit of a late bloomer in all honesty. School and the whole education system just didn’t seem to do it for me. I paid no attention and all I really cared about was sports and girls. I left school and started working in my local supermarket and after a few years realised I was not going to be happy doing that. I thought that I had never really pursued my artistic streak so begged the local art collage to let me on the graphic design course. Luckily they did, from that point on I threw myself into it. I found something that interested me and I liked learning through discovery. Finding out how I liked to learn has been so important. Now I have an absolute thirst for knowledge and I crave to try out new things.
Tell us about what you do!
I find it really difficult to describe exactly what I do because it varies so much but I really like to just say I’m a maker of things. It keeps all the doors open, especially for me. I like to have a diverse project board at any one time. It usually consists of a couple of branding projects, some print work (probably a brochure of some sort), plus a few specialist commissions for either my type work or my illustration.
Who or what inspires you?
Everything and anything inspires me. I try to keep my eyes and ears open and absorb as much as I can from the world around me, noticing the little things. I also love looking back, way back sometimes, to ancient cultures and their specific way of creating images. I seriously try to avoid most of what is happening in the contemporary illustration and design scene. I find it corrupts thinking too much and it’s hard to be fresh if you’re reacting to your peers. One way I like to work is to keep a log of little mistakes, experiments, and nuggets of ideas collected when making other work. These really are the foundation to me moving forward. A little realisation here and there, kept for later. I’ll come back to those when I have the time and discover new things.
What has been your proudest moment so far?
Hmmmm…..it’s pretty difficult to say. I think my friends and family are most proud of the work I did for Heston Blumenthal, that’s the one I usually get a nudge or some encouragment to get out and talk about.
And your greatest project?
My greatest project is my career really. I worked out I wasn’t happy then consciously went after what I wanted. Thinking and planning about what I needed to do and learn to meet my aspirations. It wasn’t particularly rigid, but I approached this aspect of my life like one big project and I’m starting to feel proud about the way I’m getting to live right now
What do you hope to be doing in five years time?
The same thing but with a cool loft space studio/games room thing, for me and my kids, and my own successful clothing brand .
When you aren’t being creative, you are…?
Spending time with my wife, family and friends. It’s the only thing that distracts me long enough to stop making things. I do like a bit of PS3 and I’m a complete movie geek. Think I’ll back all this in at 45 and start making short films.
Anything exciting ongoing or in the pipeline?
Yeah, really looking forward to launching the branding, print and digital projects I’ve created for Coexistence Trust. It’s been a mammouth task but really rewarding. I like to work in the social sector as much as I can and I’ve been working with this organisation for the last six months. Shouldn’t be too much longer now until I can get it all together and up on the website. I’ve the launch of my clothing and artwork label to do as well. I can finally get this sorted now my weddings over. Was finding it really difficult to focus with so much going on. Finally, I’ve created some designs for a new range of clothing for a very secret client, for a big event. Can’t say anymore unfortunately, but it is very exciting!
Finally, any words of wisdom to other creative people?
Keep asking questions, don’t be afraid to just do it your way, and keep positive.