Jordan joined us a little over a week ago – here he is on why and how he got into design, and how he's finding agency life at JH
Tell us about when you knew design was the career for you.
Design has always been something I’ve been involved with in some form or another. In fact, most of my childhood was spent with a pencil and a notepad sketching anything that I could dream of. But actually it wasn’t until after 4 or 5 years of graphic design that I started to design and build websites. I then spent as much time as possible designing websites for friends and family, until I was confident enough to produce work for clients.
What designers, if any, are your role models?
I think the work that Birmingham-based, Adaptable, founded by Olly Sorsby and Dan Cooper, are putting together is really amazing right now. You can tell the hours that go on behind the scenes with work like that.
I’m also a big fan of Charlie Isslander and the Balkan Brothers, their work is consistently excellent – I can spot their designs straight away. Their distinct style is detailed, the colours used are always perfect.
What’s your career highlight to date?
I’ve been involved with the guys at FantasyFootballFix since the inception of the website, and it’s been great to watch the user base grow steadily and see so much positive feedback come from the fantasy football audience. I’ve no doubt that my highlights are yet to come, I’m already learning so much in my first few days at JH.
What appealed to you about this role at JH?
JH had been on my radar for some time. I was a massive fan of the websites they were producing and the work they were doing in the community – with both Browsersync and DXN (the once a month meet up at Antenna), so when the opportunity came up to join the team, I couldn’t have applied quick enough. Meeting with Joe and Jamie was really cool, and only made me more excited about the chance to work with them.
How are you finding it so far?
It’s been great, everyone’s made me feel extremely welcome so far. Being able to surround myself with a team of especially talented people who are pushing the boundaries with design and development is pretty inspirational. Everyone is constantly bouncing ideas around and ensuring that if there’s a better way to do something, they’ll find it out.
What would your advice be to anyone wanting a career in design?
I guess this is more general life advice, but just to never ever stop learning. Being busy becomes the norm in this industry, so it’s easy to become complacent and forget to dedicate time to bettering your skills. One of the reasons JH has such a high level of quality in their team is down to the Personal Development budget they give everyone to use on whatever they feel will help them grow in their role and as a person. My resolution this year is to prioritise the time I spend reading books, trying new ideas and going to conferences.