For as long as I can remember I've been designing - even before I knew what designing was. From potato painting to sketches to exhibition stands - I’ve always found the creative process natural and rewarding.
As a child growing up in York I dreamt of becoming a scientist. This changed when a fear of machinery prompted me to study Graphic Design over Design Technology. Branding and prototyping an Alcopop made me realise I had found what I wanted to do with my life. Science would have to be a backup plan.
I studied Graphic Design further at college and university. I enjoyed broadening my skills and learning key design principles. During this time I gained a strong appreciation for the disciplines of typography and print.
After university I joined the coffee world working as an in-house designer for Coopers Coffee. Before this job I was happy drinking an instant coffee, nowadays my favourite brew is a nice single-origin brewed with a V60 pourover. Yes, unfortunately I have become a coffee snob!
Coopers really helped me to develop the professional skills that university doesn’t quite prepare you for. I learnt a lot about working with clients, managing my time, and co-ordinating with print companies.
In 2011 I moved from Yorkshire to London to join UCC Coffee (formally United Coffee) where I am currently working. This has given me the opportunity to work on larger projects with a talented team and to broaden my skills further into web and other digital design.
My role means I get to work with some really great clients on some fantastic projects. These range from the traditional graphic design routes such as packaging, branding and advertising; through to experience design for exhibitions and information architecture for software.
After 8 long years working in the coffee industry I decided it was time for a change. I wanted something new to get my teeth stuck into! I joined the team at Bubble T Cosmetics based in Highgate, North London. Bubble T Cosmetics has a range of exciting bath and body products based around the flavours of tea.
As fun as it was working in the fashion and cosmetics industry, an opportunity arose that I had to take. I now work in the marketing department at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, where everything I do in someway helps the charity. Being a brand champion, working on campaigns and helping other departments ideas come to life is amazing - and it is, of course, lovely to spend a lot of time with the dogs and cats.
While not working I have been renovating my flat with my partner. It is great to see my ideas for the rooms come to life - albeit very slowly. I also enjoy keeping fit, practicing the cosmopolitan sports of Yoga and Running. This is particularly helpful since I have a love of cheese!
On the internet I have a photo blog documenting the ever changing street art of Shoreditch. I keep a Pinterest of design inspiration. I use my Flickr to document both my travels and experiments with analogue photography. Occasionally I post work in progress to my dribbble.
Designers are meant to be loved, not to be understood.