This week I picked up Best in Graphic Design at the Creativepool Awards 2017. To say Im delighted and over the moon would be an understatement! This is the first time I have ever won an award and it seems a fitting way to mark my 10th year as a Graphic Designer.
This year has been the busiest Ive ever had as Ive diversified from working in the Toy Industry to also the Live Entertainment Business. Which in a funny way is where I started. Those who know me will remember I started out making flyers and posters for my band using scissors, glue, and the 2p-a-sheet photocopier in Boots! A lot has changed since then, but to be recognised for your work amongst some of the biggest brands and agencies in the country when you are an entirely self taught freelancer, is all pretty mind blowing.
It would be wrong to sign off without mentioning a few people, so firstly if you voted for me then thank you very much. I have no idea if I won by public vote or judge's choice in the end, as my award and the book say something different! Also a big thanks to the client and everyone at Kilimanjaro Live for asking me to work on such a cool project, the patience and time they gave me, and for generally just being awesome. You can read about the inspiration and ideas that went into it all on Creativepool, but if you want the Peter Saville/Factory Records version of events you can always buy me a beer! Last but not least my family and my girlfriend for their belief and support. You cant not thank them when you win an award because "themz the rulez!".
Before I disappear back to my new life of Limousines & Champagne (Im doing my accounts ugh), my good friend Oli Keane also picked up an award on the night for his work in Animation. I remember him showing me that project on his phone back in December and my eyes literally popped out of my head. His win is thoroughly deserved, and it made an already great night even better.