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A Spinning Clock Sit-Down with… Mark

Enter Mark: Timesheet Machine, senior designer and photographer. 

Hi Mark! Take us through what you do here at Spinning Clock.

I’m Senior Designer here at SC towers, working as part of our award-winning design team to deliver creative solutions to our clients.

My particular specialty is on the animation and motion graphics side of things. I’ll often be found hunched over my Mac silently (and sometimes not so silently) cursing the limitations of Adobe and Maxon’s creative applications, whilst trying to solve animation and render issues through a combination of my wits and Google.

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How would your colleagues describe you in three words?

The Timesheet Machine.

Tell us about what you get up to when you’re not at Spinning Clock HQ.

In my spare time I do other creative stuff, when I get chance, like brushing up on my animation skills, a bit of character design doodling and amateur-ish photography. At some point this year I’m looking to upgrade ’Old Bessie’ (my camera) which will hopefully allow me to investigate the delights of videography for the first time, bank balance allowing!

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Besides all that I like to do the usual stuff like watch Netflix, chill out and spend time in the company of friends, family and dogs. I’m a keen badminton player and a member of CAMRA, meaning that I try to sup as many different varieties of real ale as I can when out with friends.

Although I don’t really get the time to do full blown animated shorts these days, you can take a glimpse into my twisted mind by watching this – an animation from a few years ago when I did my MA, entitled ‘Romantic Break’:

What’s the best part of being a member of the Spinning Clock team?

I think it’s the positive attitude and creative insight everyone in the SC team adds to the mix. The people in our team are very innovative (not to mention good looking, intelligent, and sophisticated), and everyone brings something unique.  We are always trying to push new creative ideas in combination with the latest cutting edge delivery methods and tech.

This attitude makes every project different, presenting its own individual challenges and creative solutions.

Do you have any advice for someone reading who aspires to be a Senior Designer?

As a designer you should never allow your knowledge and work to stagnate – always try to push your creative boundaries, keep up with the latest design trends, visual styles and techniques.

Try to learn something new on every project you work on and don’t be scared to fail. A challenging creative brief can often be the best kind – it forces you to move out of your comfort zone, take new approaches and embrace new skills. If the final deliverable isn’t exactly what you imagined at the outset, then don’t beat yourself up about it. As a professional creative it’s impossible to be completely satisfied with everything you do, often due to things out of your control such as timescales or budget. As long as you’ve given it your best, accept this, learn from the experience, and try to do it better next time!

Thanks Mark for chatting to us this week! Join us for Spinning Clock Sit-Downs every Friday and meet the rest of the SC team. We’re a friendly bunch – you can catch up with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too.

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