1. What has working in Kaizen Brand Evolution taught you about the design industry?
You need to be fast, accurate and very, very good. I learn so much each day in the studio, and thankfully have a supportive and talented and patient team to teach me.
2. Desert Island Design Studio, which typeface would you bring with you?
Century Gothic, nice, friendly and versatile font. I feel if ‘Wilson’ had been written in Century Gothic, he would have been more lively!
3. What do you use for motivation inside the studio?
Coffee, some more coffee, oh and some more coffee.
4. Any designers you have been stalking online recently?
‘I love dust’ I enjoy the biker persona they have and everything they do is loud and proud. I have a real soft spot for Chip Kidd, who doesn’t love the guy who created the Jurassic Park logo! His Ted Talks are really helpful and inspirational. I mostly stalk illustrators, mostly. Such as Steve Simpson (who I am a little obsessed with and literally stalked at OFFSET) Oliver Jeffers who just had a book signing at the Ulster Museum. Love local guys like Stephen Maurice Graham and Peter Strain. And a big fan of Chiara Bautista’s sketching. Her mix of music lyrics and emotionally charged imagery is delightful. I still check in to Deviant Art every now and again for a nosey too.
5. What are you listening to in work today?
A mix of Eminem – ‘Rap God’ and Childish Gambino gets me motivated in the studio, and in the gym. For a calm down session I love Blood Orange – ‘Cupid Deluxe’ and anything by Devotchka.
6. Any exhibitions in Belfast recently that are worth checking out?
David Hockney in the Mac, first time his work has been exhibited here, and marks a major turning point for art exhibits in NI. Late Night Art is always fun for free wine and a look at what’s happening each month.
7. What’s your pet called? Tell us about them
Henry the cat. He had a bad tummy when he was young and a bad name ‘Henry’, named after some footballer. We just pronounce it differently now. He is all better and eats constantly, has a little extra flab to carry around.