Crank it up to 11, let’s make some noise! (and design some stuff…)
Tea or Coffee?
Tea all the way… 1 sugar Monday to Thursday then I double drop on Fridays as a pre-weekend treat.
What’s the first thing you do when you get in the office?
Greet everyone with the morning chant, a “Wheeeyy” which often sounds more like a disgruntled farm animal.
What’s your timekeeping/workload management secret?
I use a little guy called Wunderlist, it’s nothing fancy, but it’s handy for listing out individual jobs within a project and keeping track of them. Asking questions and regular discussions about the designs means you set yourself on a clear direction quicker, and saves a lot of time in the long run.
Do you have a way to ‘come at’ the day?
Just bring it on. Everyday is a new day for me to push myself to unchartered intergalactic dimensions.
What do you love most about your day?
I love the excitement that follows a project briefing, when you’ve already been spitballing some cool ideas and you just can’t wait to get stuck in.
What’s your least favourite part of the day?
The 3pm lull, the daytime devil’s hour, no one likes that… but to be honest my days fly by so I hardly ever notice it!
Top stress-busting tip?
Chill out to some tunes and focus. Although none of my tunes are that chill…
What’s on your desk right now?
What isn’t on my desk? My wallet, headphones, a plate proudly presenting an apple core, a sharpener… you get the idea.
Do you listen to music/the radio/podcasts etc during the day?
There’s always some musak on the Sonos, and unless I Hi-jack it with songs that question whether there are beers in heaven or tell tales of a builder’s cigarette breaks in Australia I will usually save others from complete insanity and plug my headphones in.
What are you listening to right now?
I’ve been listening to Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day fame’s new side project called ‘The Longshot’. It’s very much a classic late 70’s-esque powerpop/punk affair, I’m backing it!
When do you take your first break? And what do you tend to do?
Between 10 and 11 I’ll arise from my chair and make some toast. Generally met with some evil eyes due to my inability to toast bread without turning it into a charcoal briquette.
What do you do when you have a creative block?
I mostly like to just chat to the other creative guys, sometimes all that needs to be said is a word or small idea that just sparks the idea you were looking for.
What do you take into meetings?
Myself and my deafening voice.
What’s for lunch?
Tuna and baguette (with optional salad) and packet of Big Hoops (not the small ones, the big ones) from the funny little local shop.
How do you decide to call it a day?
When I’ve reached a point in a project or piece of work where I’m satisfied to ‘take a break’ in it. I can’t just drop something willy nilly, I need to feel comfortable about picking it straight back up the next day. A seamless transition of resumption one might say.