“This is a very calm, enthusiastic and creative environment”
Where do I start?
On Monday 1st September 1975 actually – my first day as a Graphic Artist.
I didn’t go to university – I left school at 16 and started work at a graphic design studio. I did a three year City & Guilds ‘Design for Print’ course. That, along with hands-on experience, is how I learned the trade.
The industry was different back then, before the Mac, but I loved the technical side of the job. I guess that is what I enjoy most – accurately converting designs into printable artwork.
I moved to a busy studio in Manchester to develop my skills, then to an advertising agency where we moved from Rotring pens, Cow Gum and the drawing board to using a mouse, keyboard and screen.
Whilst running my own design business, an opportunity arose to join Parker Design. This is a very calm, enthusiastic and creative environment – a change from some places I’ve worked.
Outside work, I have a grown-up family of three ‘children’. In my spare time, I enjoy my collection of classic cars – a Triumph TR6 and a TR2. In 2013, my wife and I drove to Switzerland in the TR6, covering 1,800 miles in two weeks.