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

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...

Thad Cox

Thad Cox

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Probably when I was at school doing Art (I loved Art more than anything else and was fortunate enough to a fantastic teacher called Mr Hesseltine). I would often draw / design covers of my mix house tapes. After...

Scott Fuller

Scott Fuller

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Pretty early on, but I didn’t know what to call it! I always loved to draw, then I started designing cars and such for my friends all through high school, and that’s when I made the decision to pass over a...

Jason Craig

Jason Craig

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a designer? I got my first design job in 1997. Growing up I wanted to be an artist, I drew all the time and painted but as time went on I realized that fine artists didn’t always get paid very much and that I would need a...

Ben Gross

Ben Gross

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? After college I went to Italy to do a montage. (Putting up tents for Eurocamp) We had no electricity and I only had one book. I really missed doing creative things. While there I enrolled in multi media course at...

Chris Do

Chris Do

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? The turning point came when I met Dean Walker, a real life graphic designer. I was 17 years old and was picking up some artwork for my boss. Dean worked from his home and invited me in while he put the finishing...

Sean Bird

Sean Bird

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Well, fresh out of University I worked at two big design / marketing firms. If I’m honest, it wasn’t really an enjoyable experience. The tea-round took forever. I felt under pressure a lot of the time and that I was...

Alex Mathers

Alex Mathers

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I never planned to be an illustrator. I did geography at university and then a Masters in Real Estate. 2. How did you get started and what was the biggest hurdle you overcame? I got into illustration in my early...

John Emery

John Emery

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? Out of high school, I wanted to go to art school. I specifically remember a conversation with my father in which he said, “What about graphic design? It’s an art major that you can probably make a living with.” So I...

Anna Robinson

Anna Robinson

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a freelance designer? I was employed at an agency and had just come back to work again after maternity leave. I struggled for a year or so but often found myself driving in the bus lane to get home in time to fetch my son from...

Sean Tambagahan

Sean Tambagahan

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a designer? I’ve always known that I wanted to do something creative, but I’ve never wanted to be a freelancer (and I never have been one). I’ve known from the beginning that what I wanted to do required collaboration with...

Mark Hirons

Mark Hirons

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a freelance designer? Ever since secondary school, aged 13, I can't remember the exact moment but I did graphics at school and enjoyed it so much I started a business doing it. 2. How did you get started and what was the...

Von Glitschka

Von Glitschka

1. When did you realize you wanted to be a freelance designer / self employed? I first started thinking about it around 1998 or so when I had my first art rep and was doing a lot of freelance illustration work while I worked at Upper Deck in California. Then in 2002...

Brent Galloway

Brent Galloway

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a freelance designer? To make a long story short – I started teaching myself web and graphic design freshman year of high school. A friend and I had a comic and cartoon animation series that we wanted to share with the world....

Brandon Rike

Brandon Rike

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a freelance designer? I’m not sure that I ever made a conscious decision to be freelance, per se. I guess I had just always assumed that whatever I did with my art, I would be doing it on my own. I had seen my father work a job...

Rob Dobi

Rob Dobi

1. When did you realise you wanted to be a freelancer? I always wanted to be one, something about working in your underwear, making your own hours and playing bad music as loud as you want just sounds so appealing. It wasn’t until I got my first big editorial client...

Pete Harrison

Pete Harrison

1. How did you get started in Freelancing? How did you land your first customer? Once I had started to create digital art, I posted it on forums and communities etc..my first customer saw some of my earlier works, and thought I could create something for one of their...