Interviews with top designers

Learn how these designers got started, get clients and keep motivated.

Mackey Saturday

Mackey Saturday

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? The turning point in my life was less about when I decided I wanted to be a designer and more about when I realized that I didn’t have to pursue a traditional career to make a living. This decision enabled me to...

Jarrod Drysdale

Jarrod Drysdale

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I was sitting in a Calculus 2 class my freshman year of college studying to be an electrical engineer. I was one of those kids who really cared about getting good grades, and for the first time in my life, I wasn’t...

Rebecca Heinemann

Rebecca Heinemann

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? There wasn’t really one defining instance. I would love to have a lightbulb moment story to share but it was more of a slow burn for me to realise something I loved so much would become my career. I have loved...

Luke Tonge

Luke Tonge

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I think I always knew I wanted to create stuff, and it was only in senior school I realised that would be under the title of designer. For a while I toyed with photography, product design, even landscape design! But...

Darian Rosebrook

Darian Rosebrook

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Back in Spring 2015, we had our first son. I was working a super low pay job and started panicking that we wouldn't be able to provide since they wouldn't give any promotions at the time. At some point, I stumbled...

Craig Burton

Craig Burton

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I always loved drawing when I was growing up. I’d spend hours sitting in front of objects sketching and would often distort their appearance so that their character was accentuated in some way. This then lead into a...

Ben Loiz

Ben Loiz

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? My father was an engineer and I was always impressed with his ability and accomplishments. Growing up though, it seemed my abilities were stronger on the creative side. This led me to pursue fine art, not knowing...

Connor Fowler

Connor Fowler

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? At the end of 2016, I went through quite a big shakeup in my life and decided that it was time to really put all my time into something I was passionate about. That thing turned out to be graphic design. 2. How did...

Dave Clayton

Dave Clayton

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I think I have always been a designer, I still believe that we are all born with a natural lean towards a certain talent, mine seemed to be artistic and creative. Saying that, as a kid I always wanted to be an...

Col Gray

Col Gray

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? As a young kid I was always interested in drawing, and reading comic books. Whilst at school, I knew I wanted to do something with art, but I wasn’t sure what exactly. At high school one of my art teachers used to...

Maece Seirafi

Maece Seirafi

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in 2005 majoring in Communication Arts. In 2010 focused on my graduate studies California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2010 majoring in Graphic Design. In the...

Kyle Courtright

Kyle Courtright

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? From a young age, art was so fascinating to me. I could sit down and draw for hours and hours at a time and never bat an eye. After starting a lawn care business at 14 years old with about 10 clients, I’ve always...

Andrew Travers

Andrew Travers

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I think I only belatedly realised that I *was* a designer long after I was already doing it. I drifted into a design role from an unconventional background. I was a English / History of Art graduate and my very...

Daniel Alcorn

Daniel Alcorn

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I spent a lot of my early years playing with design / publishing packages first on the Amiga and then on PC. I’ve always enjoyed using a computer to create things, not just design, but music, video and writing too....

Warran Brindle

Warran Brindle

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? After studying advertising at college, I struggled with motivation to enter the industry. Instead I got a job at a reprographics studio, my first encounter with the apple mac and the beginning of my journey to...

Karl Randay

Karl Randay

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? At High School, I spent a lot of time arguing with my art teacher about what the design aspect of Art & Design should be. We were always asked to paint a taxidermy bird in the style of some old master (usually...

Dylan Menges

Dylan Menges

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I was several years into adult life before pursuing design. First, I dropped out of college. Then spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. It was my second attempt at college, within a focused design curriculum,...

Marc Posch

Marc Posch

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I found out very early that people have the highest respect for printed material, official looking documents, bus tickets, student IDs. Being on a tight budget, I started forging student IDs to get cheap theater...

Melinda Livsey

Melinda Livsey

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I originally went to school to become an illustrator. I had no clue what graphic design was at the point. I was required to take beginning Typography as one of the required courses for my illustration degree and it...

Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman


1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I started working in design primarily because it was the only marketable skill that I had. When I was in college (The State University at Albany, in Albany New York) I majored in English Literature and minored in...

Lenny Terenzi

Lenny Terenzi

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer? I sort of fell into it I guess. I always wanted to be a Disney artist and never practiced enough to hit that level. I used to say I was not good enough but now in my older age, I realize I just didn't push myself...

Femke van Schoonhoven

Femke van Schoonhoven

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? It took me a while to realise that design could be a career. I knew I wanted to do something creative, but didn’t know exactly what. I ended up studying marketing thinking that I’d learn about creative advertising...

Nate Bear

Nate Bear

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer/creative? That one is tough. I really don't remember NOT wanting to be a visual artist of some kind. I remember going to museums exhibits and seeing all those behind the scenes Disney films, and the Jim Henson hours....

Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I’d had vague notions from a pretty early age that I wanted to do something with drawing. I’ve got a vivid memory of staring at a Quality Street tin when I was around 8 or 9 and thinking, “I want to be the person...

Charli Marie

Charli Marie

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer/creative? I was a creative youngster. My idea of fun was creating my own magazine layouts by using a collage of pieces from other magazines, and I was obsessed with the album art that came with my favourite cassette...

Ben Burns

Ben Burns

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? You know, I honestly didn’t know design existed as a career until my Junior year in College. In high school, I was obsessed with photography. I had my sights on being a photographer with a studio in NYC, shooting...

Stefan G. Bucher

Stefan G. Bucher

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? You know, I don’t know that I ever had that realization. My dad gave me my first comic books when I was maybe three years old. I remember noticing Ben-Day dots, and I have a strong memory of being upset that...

Doc Reed

Doc Reed

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer? Probably after leaving High School. I didn’t know communication arts or design was a thing until my High School art teacher said something about me "making a great graphic designer” one day. I was intrigued. I must...

Marksteen Adamson

Marksteen Adamson

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? It was more a case of not having a choice. I grew up in Africa and went to a Swedish mission school until I was 12. Then we moved to Denmark (my mother is Danish) and I went to a Danish school until I was 15. I...

Ben the Illustrator

Ben the Illustrator

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? There's a few key moments I think! I have little glimmers of golden moments all through childhood, the crayon pirate scene, the Ghostbusters logo in biro, seeing Lichtenstein's 'Whaam!' at the Tate (now Tate...