Five minutes with… Matt

We grab a quick coffee and take five minutes catch up with our Graphic Designer Matt Russell to find out what’s happening in his RED world…

Q: Describe your typical day

No two days are the same. One day I could be working on a website project, the next an international brand campaign.

We start every day at RED by grabbing a coffee and finding out what each of us has been up to, then we all get stuck into our workload.

Q: Tell us about some of the highlights from your time at RED.

All forms of design interest me, I particularly enjoy digital work. I recently had the pleasure of taking on the Seahorse Marine website project. This meant working closely with everyone in the team to implement the new brand and get the website live for a national exhibition. As well as the client loving the final product, it was nice to feed back the analytics and see how the website had led to enquiries.

Q: How would you describe your approach to work?

I approach every project with enthusiasm. I really enjoy learning about different businesses and industries, and this is one of the best things about being a designer. Plus, the more you know about a client, the more effective the work you will produce is. In addition, I always sketch out my ideas before finalising them on screen, so my desk is usually a sea of paper!

Q: What do you do to relax?

I’m a bit of a sports anorak. I follow my local rugby league team Hull FC and have done for a number of years. The 2005 Challenge Cup final is something I will never forget (I was aged 13).

More recently, I have caught the Pro Cycling bug. I love watching and keeping up to date with the pro peloton. My girlfriend Lucy and I enjoy an adventure, be that an unplanned drive up the coast or trying new and exciting craft beers from breweries across the world.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who’s interested in an agency position?

Listen and be honest. No matter what your skill set is, be that web developer, graphic designer or copywriter. Listening and being honest with colleagues and clients is equally as important. If you don’t know something… ask, it’s the only way you’ll learn and improve.


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