I’ve always been an artistic person (and still enjoy painting), but I couldn’t bring myself to flog my artwork for a living – I’ve always liked the idea of being able to use my creativity and imagination to make something useful for people.
With that in mind, I started a degree in Fashion Design after A Levels. Six months in, I realised that not only do I hate sewing machines with an absolute passion, but I am also terrible at making clothes that people could wear.
So it was back to the drawing board, and doing a Foundation Diploma at the Arts University in Bournemouth allowed me to discover Graphic Design – turns out I loved it enough to a) study it for the next three years, and to b) put my poor liver through a third freshers week, all in the name of becoming a designer.
The cool thing about working in design is that it’s always changing
Fast forward three years and I graduated with a slightly worrying caffeine addiction, a dissertation I’m pretty proud of and a degree in Graphic & Media Design from the London College of Communication.
The cool thing about working in design (especially digital) is that it’s always changing, so it’s a constant learning curve, and it’s exciting to be a part of it. I worked in branding and web design for two years before I decided I was ready for a new challenge and joined the team at FHOKE.
On first impressions, I was struck by how collaborative each project is. Everyone’s ideas encouraged and listened to, and everyone supports each other’s work in every way they can – it’s a true team in every sense of the word.
When I’m not designing, I like surfing (I’m crap at it, but it’s the taking part that counts, right?) and generally, I like to stay active and get outdoors. I also spend a lot of time researching and reading about product design, and I love to travel and visit as many new places as possible – be it Newquay or Bali.
My first month at FHOKE? It was daunting. In my first two weeks, I had a terrible cold and wanted to put my best face forward. Everyone (dogs included) went out of their way to make me feel welcome, and the team has been so kind and patient, there’s no such thing as a silly question here. I’ve got some awesome projects lined up, so the nerves have subsided, but I’m still as excited as I was on my first day!