Learn to be a better designer from over 112 Global creatives

We’ve been interviewing your favourite designers to learn how they started, how they grow and what makes them successful

Ruben Cespedes

Ruben Cespedes

When did you realize you wanted to be a designer? Well, it's quite a journey. Ever since I was a little kid, I was deeply passionate about medicine, fascinated by biology and the intricacies of the human body. Becoming a doctor was my dream as I entered college....

Tom Muller

Tom Muller

When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I knew from very young age I wanted to do *something* creative. Both my parents were interior designers (and the wider family was also full of architects and painters), so creativity was prevalent in everything I did....

Liz Mosley

Liz Mosley

When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? After studying art at school and thinking I wanted to be a photographer I went and did an art foundation course and there I discovered graphic design (I don’t really think I had considered it as a career option before...

Onur Gökalp

Onur Gökalp

When did you realise you wanted to get into the creative industry? This goes back quite a bit. I had a great enthusiasm for writing and drawing during my primary school years, constantly doodling something. I vividly remember repeatedly drawing illustrations from...

Dave Officer

Dave Officer

When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I’ve been in love with design and illustration for as far back as my tiny mind can remember. I went through most of my teenage years convinced that I would go into graphic design as a career. But as I went onto further...

Kristy Campbell

Kristy Campbell

When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I realised I wanted to be a designer when I took my very first graphic design class at school in year 9 (13 years old). I’m not exaggerating when I say that I realised I wanted to be a designer after only taking about...

James Barnard

James Barnard

When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I came to graphic design late in the grand scheme of things. I worked as a researcher for a database when I first left university and moved to London, and as part of my job I was tasked with creating a company...

Carsten Glock

Carsten Glock

When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? It’s hard to pinpoint an exact moment. Drawing floorplans of huge buildings when I was six or seven is probably one of my first creative memories, but back then I didn’t really know what a designer was. I think the...

Sarah Fleming

Sarah Fleming

1. When did you realise you wanted to get into the creative industry? I very much doubt he’ll ever see this, but I owe a lot to my art teacher at secondary school. He opened up the possibility of turning something I was talented at, but saw as a hobby, into the...

Kurt Kretten

Kurt Kretten

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I was a comic book nerd. I wanted to be a comic book artist. And I don’t think I ever wanted to be a designer, but in High School I started to have an itch for telling stories that was never satisfied by art....

Ilya Sizov

Ilya Sizov

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? As a teenager in the late 90s, which was a time famous for its cultural (or, to be precise, subcultural) trends. Back then, I was listening to nu-metal and dreaming of playing bass and having a pair of aggressive...

Andy Sexton

Andy Sexton

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? The creative arts were neglected to the point of irrelevance throughout my (grammar school) education. Growing up disliking school immensely, there was always an anti-establishment aura around art, music and design...

Sara Urasini

Sara Urasini

1. When did you realise you wanted a career in design? My interest in art and languages began at a young age. Growing up in Italy everyone starts to decide their career paths at sound 13 years of age. I thought about pursuing languages as my best career option. I...

James Wood

James Wood

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I remember it was in my later years of high school. We had an IT project to setup a database for a local business. I selected a local Golf Course and spent more time redesigning the crest and colour scheme than the...

Kady Sandel

Kady Sandel

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I was 12 years old when I told my mom that I would like to “make a billboard.” At that time, she didn’t understand what I was talking about, so she asked me “Like… you want to be a construction person?” ? So, we dug...

Abb-d Taiyo

Abb-d Taiyo

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I always had an element of creativity within me growing up. I loved exploration through music and expression and naturally excelled at subjects like art. There was a point that I realised traditional art, at least...

Nate Spees

Nate Spees

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a brand strategist/designer? For most of my life, I’ve been fascinated by building things - from legos to forts and all sorts of make-believe. Receiving a bootlegged copy of Photoshop and Illustrator (Sorry, Adobe!) was my...

Steve Waugh

Steve Waugh

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I can’t ever remember there being an alternative to creating images in some form. I was always drawing or playing around with software as far back as Deluxe Paint. The idea of moving from still images to moving...

James Melia

James Melia

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? At school; I originally wanted to be a graphic designer, mainly because the industrial design industry is not that well represented in the education system. I knew that I wanted to be in the world of design as it...

Emily Penny

Emily Penny

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a brand strategist? I chose to study Fine Art and Art History at uni and while I loved it, my big learning was that I didn’t want to be an artist. Design looked more interesting and I landed a job in client services. A few...

Melanie Hubert-Crozet

Melanie Hubert-Crozet

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Very early on actually! We got our first family computer when I was eight years old. I quickly discovered Publisher and I got hooked on creating my own booklets and flyers for amusement parks and travel agencies I...

Dan Mall

Dan Mall

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I originally went to college to be an animator, but I quickly realized how tedious it was and how bad I was at it. Flipping through the course catalog for what else I could do, I found a handful of courses I liked...

Naeem Alvi

Naeem Alvi

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I’m not a designer. I studied journalism at Falmouth University as I’ve always had a passion for creative writing. After a few years of working as a journalist, I decided I wanted to pursue a more creative...

Jo Barnard

Jo Barnard

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I was fortunate to have Product Design taught at my school. I absolutely loved it and the teacher encouraged us to consider continuing it at university. Every single person in that class went on to do a design...

Stuart Lang

Stuart Lang

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? At school – when I was speaking to the career advisor and I realised that Art was the only subject I was unwilling to ever drop. From there, it was just a case of working out where I would end up within the creative...

Sydney Michuda

Sydney Michuda

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer? I had been interested in art from a young age but never felt truly at home in any specific field. In high school, I took a graphic design course and really fell in love with the subject. Later in...

Jamie Kelly

Jamie Kelly

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I’ve always loved drawing and writing, being able to start with a blank piece of paper and create something unique has always excited me, and I’m a firm believer that no sketch or word is wasted,...

Malika Favre

Malika Favre

1. When did you realise you wanted to be an illustrator? Pretty late actually 😉 Though I have been drawing since I was a child, I first went on to study physics and mathematics and changed path at 19 to study Advertising and graphic design in Paris. After a BA I...

Dan Janssen

Dan Janssen

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Grow up in San Diego and skating and surfing I always loved the skate, surf and snowboard industry art and design. I knew I wanted to work in that industry or at least do skateboard graphics or apparel.  2. How...

Andrew Dobbie

Andrew Dobbie

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I was always creative as a child and lucky enough to have a mother that saw that in me and nurtured it further. I was also musical at school, playing guitar in bands etc. I initially thought that I’d either do that...