A big Matmi welcome to our new designer Phil Rennie, who started with us at the beginning of January.
How did you get in to design?
I’ve always liked drawing and been interested in art, and I think I had a lightbulb moment in college after completing an IT course. I felt compelled to do something more creative, and work towards something that better suited my personality. I was initially interested in the science behind good design, I wanted to know more about that.
What do you enjoy the most about design?
I think what’s most enjoyable about being a designer is seeing my work out there in the public arena. It’s great knowing it can potentially help, inform and entertain other people.
What has been your proudest design moment so far?
I feel like I’m still at the start of my career right now, but so far I’d say working on a corporate branding project for a games publisher was pretty cool, seeing my sketches and ideas come to life on a variety of different platforms was really rewarding.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you want to take with you and why?
A multi-tool for practical purposes, some factor 50 sunscreen (I don’t take the sun too well), and an acoustic guitar to keep me entertained.
Who would you most like to meet and why?
I think John Lennon would have been a good guy to have met. I admire his creativity and worldly insights. It would have been good to try and absorb some of that.
Tell us one unique/amusing fact about yourself
There was a short time in my life when I kept on being mistaken for the actor Rupert Grint. It was really surreal!
Any tips for budding designers?
Keep on trying and be willing to learn new things. Be proactive when seeking employment, send companies samples of your work to try and get noticed, they will appreciate the enthusiasm. Being a designer will bring you into contact with all sorts of industries so it’s good to have broad interests and an inquisitive mind.