Learn to be a better designer from over 70 Global creatives

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

Callum Lumsden

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I used to copy cartoons from comics (Micky Mouse, Yogi Bear, Fred Flintstone, Batman) when I was a kid. That became my introduction to drawing with pen and pencils. I then started to redesign where we lived in...

David Pearman

David Pearman

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Perhaps unusually, at a very early age. I was already designing things like posters, flyers, and menus before I knew that it was a thing called design. I had always loved drawing and sketching. People used to ask me...

David Palmer

David Palmer

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I’d love to say it was something dramatic and profound like a parting of the clouds, a shaft of golden light and a divine voice from above summoning me forth to be a designer. In fact, it was a more prosaic voice -...

Jamie Bridle

Jamie Bridle

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Around four years old, believe it or not! I was fascinated with the covers of my parent's eclectic record collection from a really early age, and It soon became apparent to me that type and image was something to be...

Kirsty Minns

Kirsty Minns

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I always loved Design and Technology at school and was lucky to have teachers who gave me room to experiment. At 14 I did work experience for a luxury brand’s marketing team, shadowing a very talented designer...

Tim Easley

Tim Easley

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Quite late in life I think! I actually studied computer science, maths and physics at college, but had to drop out after a year due to financial issues. My first proper job was as a games tester, then I did various...

Jeremy Mura

Jeremy Mura

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? When I first started using photoshop back in highschool around 2009 I had this class called multimedia and it opened my eyes to the world of graphic design and also 3Ds max. I loved the whole ideas of designing and...

Martin Simpson

Martin Simpson

When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? As kids, my brother and I would spend hours drawing together, side by side at the dining room table. We imagined worlds, sweeping stories, scrawled across large rolls of paper with cheap wax crayon. I think our Mum...

Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I didn’t train to be a designer… I studied philosophy. I’m not sure I ever wanted to be a designer. My ambition is to communicate, to provoke dialogue, to question answers on my behalf and on that of my clients. Bit...

Martina Flor

Martina Flor

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I guess I grew into it while studying graphic design. Getting started was relatively intuitive to me, I was 18 after all, what did I know? I just thought that working in something visual, that involved working with...

Lauren Gonzalez

Lauren Gonzalez

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I have a background in illustration and really wanted to work for Disney or Pixar. When other kids were at the movies, I was in life drawing classes, at the zoo drawing animals or buried in my sketchbook practicing...

Armin Vit

Armin Vit

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Around the second year of my college design education. The first year I didn’t care. I actually started studying graphic design because it seemed the path of least resistance at the time. I was a terrible student in...

David Airey

David Airey

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I was 15 when I was introduced to graphic design as something people did for a job. I knew that people drew comics, and created art, but the term graphic designer wasn’t really in my vocabulary. I’d enrolled on an...

Will Paterson

Will Paterson

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I had a friend in school that would create amazing YouTube banners in Photoshop. I loved what he created and wanted to do this myself. So from the age of 16 I started learning through limited videos online, books...

Jason Knight

Jason Knight

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer?   At the end of year 12 when I had to select a UNI degree. I excelled at art and woodwork and looking for some way to blend these together I stumbled across Industrial/Product Design. It was about 5 years after...

Hoodzpah

Hoodzpah

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Jen: I think we started doing it before we even realized what “it” was. We were drawing as soon as we beheld the majesty of a deluxe set of Crayola Crayons (that 64 color set was a game changerrrr). So we grew up...

Ksenya Samarskaya

Ksenya Samarskaya

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? The definition has evolved, but as long as I can remember, starting at perhaps four or five or six, I knew I wanted to be an artist. It was the allure of the lifestyle. A space where I could think on different...

Simon Dixon

Simon Dixon

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I loved drawing and art as a kid. I was helped by being educated at home through what would have been in secondary school, so I had a lot of freedom to experiment. I drew a lot, including self-publishing comic...

Gday Frank

Gday Frank

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Year 10 Art Class (2003) when I was introduced to Photoshop. Prior to that I'd wanted to be an animator for Pixar, Industrial Light and Magic or Animal Logic, but once I got to my final year of high school I was...

Joel Kelly

Joel Kelly

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? From a very young age, I have been doodling on scraps of paper, and in academia, it was my school work. I seemed to always be drawn to visual elements and wanting to improve on the concept. It wasn’t until 1997 that...

James Martin

James Martin

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? That's a very good question and one I still don’t really know to this day. I have always been creative and “arty” and ended up “falling into” graphic design in all honesty. I went to college and did an Art...

Aaron Draplin

Aaron Draplin

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer? It was right out of high school. I didn't really even know what a graphic designer was, but I knew I wanted to be into art. It goes all the way back to skateboarding. We were making our own grip tape graphics, our...

Gyor Moore

Gyor Moore

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer? My parents often tell me that when I was a kid I was always drawing. Mostly comic characters, and I would create stories around them. I think this was the first hint of me being into design and storytelling. It was...

Matthew Encina

Matthew Encina

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer? When I was 5 years old, in school, I played with Legos a lot. I loved building cars and spaceships, and was so particular about the forms I build and the bricks and colors I chose. When other kids tried to play with...

Jeroen Van Eerden

Jeroen Van Eerden

The following is an interview with Jeroen Van Eerden. Jeroen is a passionate logo and identity designer. Based in Groningen, The Netherlands, he has worked as an independent designer for more than 150 companies worldwide over the last 8 years, some of the more notable...

Michael Janda

Michael Janda

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I was always into art and creativity. Doodling, comic books, imagination…even a stint with Dungeons and Dragons during my middle school years. When I was in high school I thought “commercial art” (now called graphic...

Brendan Dawes

Brendan Dawes

1.When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I don't think I ever did. To be honest I never really thought about what I wanted to do, though maybe something creative or involving making things in some way. I really got into design as a side-effect of being into...

Colleen Gratzer

Colleen Gratzer

1.When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Very early on. My parents would always say that I was born with a pencil and drawing tablet in hand. I was always drawing. I was especially big on drawing people’s faces and houses—two completely unrelated things,...

Christophe De Pelsemaker

Christophe De Pelsemaker

1.When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? At the age of 16/17, we had some moments during school which were devoted to talk about our interests and what we would like to study after we got out of school at the age of 17/18. Like many students, I didn't had...

Steve Raboin

Steve Raboin

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? When I was wrapping up my 4-year enlistment in the United States Marine Corps. I had already studied illustration for two years before I went in. When I started looking into returning to...