Now a senior designer, Adam joined us in 2010 straight from Uni.
What’s your background into design?
I spent lots of time as a child drawing and entering colouring competitions. Then on a home computer at 13 I started to learn Photoshop and make digital graphics and build websites. I stuck with it and went to college and university finishing with a 1st BA Hons Degree at the University of Northampton.
How would you describe your style?
My style has evolved since working at emc. I had always used simplicity and mini list styles to convert information through icons and info graphics. But being given the opportunity to work on projects for both kids and adults I have started to bring brighter colours and more fun graphics into my style for the younger books.
How long have you been at emc?
It will soon be coming up to 4 years this summer. I started as a junior in August 2010 and since then I have progressed to be a middleweight designer in the company with my sights set on becoming a senior designer in the future.
What do you enjoy most about the work here?
The work I enjoy the most are the really creative projects. I like creating complex realia (mocked up samples of written English), also the opportunity to work on concept design projects for a range of ages from kids to adults. Challenging layouts and deadlines keep you on you toes. It is also great to be working in a nice friendly environment as part of a team who supports each other.
How has working at emc helped you to develop as a designer?
Working at emc has helped me enormously to develop as a designer. Specifically with technical skills; typography; problem solving such as the challenges of fitting so much content on one page; an array of design techniques and skills to make sometimes very basic content (workbooks, etc) come to life; and my layout skills and time management has improved.
What has been your favourite project to work on and why?
Beyond, for Macmillan Education. One of the biggest and most design intense jobs to have gone through the studio. A huge challenge of taking lots of content and designing with very complicated layouts – the first project I’ve been completely in charge of.
Anything else that you want to say about us that someone joining might like to know about – good or bad?
The studio has a mixture of creative and production work. Sometimes its good to have a mixture to let your creative brain recharge. But there will be days in the studio where the production work is due out and you may find yourself getting involved in less design work. The key to this job is to excel at and enjoy both, and it can be a lot to take in and learn at first.
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