Dan has been at emc design since the beginning October and has joined us as part of our Graduate Design Scheme. It’s now been a few weeks into the job so we thought it was about time we got to know him a bit better…
How are you finding emc so far?
At first, pretty terrifying. Studying graphic design is one thing, entering a real work environment and really doing it is another. Turns out I knew absolutely nothing about InDesign, despite what I had thought! But I’m having a great time, I feel like I’m settling in quite well and feel very lucky that I’ve been blessed with such a nice, welcoming and talented group of people to work with.
You graduated from Uni this year; what Uni have you come from? And what was your favourite project/piece you did whilst there?
I came from the University of Lincoln and the three years I spent there were a blast despite the intensity of my course, although that intensity has done wonders for my own discipline and work ethic. I’ve been taught by some incredibly talented people as well. My favourite project was right near the end of my time at Lincoln, a competition brief set by Coley Porter Bell in partnership with Chivas Regal called the Shine Awards. The brief was to come up with a modern redesign of Chivas’ 18-year-old whisky in a way that retained the essence of the brand and appealed to their target market for that particular edition of the whisky, ‘the modern gentleman.’ I was really getting into whisky at the time (way too coincidentally) and so I had a blast working on it.
What is it about graphic design that you love?
The importance and diversity of it. It’s everywhere and its applications seem to be endless. But I particularly love design (and art) in music, which probably isn’t much of a surprise.
What do enjoy doing outside of work?
I’ve been sequencing and making electronic music since I was about 17, and to this day, I still spend nearly every free moment I have doing this. Around that, I love going to shows with friends, going on really long walks, going to the pub, watching and reading about films/TV, and occasionally getting angry and waving my fist at the news. I also started playing badminton recently, 10/10 would recommend.
Cake or ice cream?
Falafel (I’m sorry).
Pen or pencil?
Pencil, if it’s mechanical.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee, hands down. I think I nearly cried when I found there was a coffee machine here.
Old or new?
The best of both worlds.
Truth or dare?
The truth? You can’t handle the truth.
The book or the film?
I’m a film person, although it’s both for Harry Potter.
PC or Mac?
They both have their benefits. Macs are definitely superior for creativity and productivity though, no doubt. I definitely plan to get one at some point.
Who’d win in a fight a crab or a terrapin?
I had to google what a terrapin was. I’m inclined to say crab after that search.
And finally, what came first the chicken or the egg?
Wow, my mind’s just been blown. Er… egg?