Rich monoWe thought it was about time you met our newest member of the team and designer, Rich. Rich has joined us with a wealth of knowledge and experience; we’re looking forward to finding out more about him and his interests.

How are you finding emc so far?
Really great, everyone is super friendly and helpful. I’ve already learnt so much in my first four weeks, including many time-saving tips in InDesign that I wish I knew before!

You’ve had a lot of experience in design, what is it that you enjoy about it?
Mostly I enjoy the problem-solving aspect; how to convey information as clearly and coherently as possible while maintaining an aesthetic beauty. It’s a great industry to work in – constantly changing with a real heartbeat of honest and caring people always willing to help each other out.

How do you think your previous work has prepared you for your role here at emc?
I started out in newspapers and magazines which was a fantastic way to learn a lot about not just design, but business too. My previous role was as a designer at a print company which was great to get really hands-on with a huge variety of projects from start to finish.

We see you’re a keen blogger, what inspired you to start your own blog?
Yes, I’ve been blogging since I was a teenager and started my first website 14 years ago as a place to share photos and news with friends and family – in the days long before Facebook and other social media!

I really enjoy all aspects of writing, from researching a new topic to sharing my views with other people. And of course it’s satisfying knowing that people want to read what you have written and value your opinion. (Visit Rich’s blog to find out more here).

What do enjoy doing outside of work?
Much of my time is taken up by our little Norfolk Terrier, taking her for walks in the countryside around us. Aside from that I grew up in Dorset and still have many family and friends there, so spend a lot of time in that part of the country.

I’m really into my music and love going to gigs, especially festivals in the summer. I’ve been to Glastonbury most years since 2002, but love smaller festivals just as much.

I’m also a keen cook and love rustling up new dishes for friends. With any other free time I like to keep fit; I ran a half marathon last year and I’m keen to challenge myself again soon with a new event.

Cake or ice cream?
I’d have to say ice cream, although not if you are going to charge me 50p extra for a Flake.

Pen or pencil?
Pencil easily, preferably a 3B. Although I do keep meaning to buy a nice fountain pen.

Tea or coffee?
As everyone at emc is finding out, I don’t really like either! I’ll happily have a vanilla chai or hot spiced cider on a cold festival evening though.

Old or new?
I’m all for innovation, so I’d have to say new.

Truth or dare?
I’m a firm believer in the truth.

The book or the film?
My reading is mostly non-fiction or technical books, so I’d have to say the film.

PC or Mac?
Has anyone ever said PC?! There’s no contest – Mac. The new Retina 5K iMac is incredible.

Who’d win in a fight a crab or a terrapin?
Having grown up by the sea, I can tell you that crabs are vicious little blighters. Although I’d probably hope the terrapin would win, then we could have a nice crab dish for dinner.

And finally, what came first the chicken or the egg?
The scientist in me would say the chicken.