This week meet Max – he’s our Design Apprentice. His colleagues would describe him as…well, lots of things really, read on to find out!
Hi Max! Take us through what you do here at Spinning Clock.
Hello! I’m the Digital Design Apprentice at Spinning Clock. My role in the design team is to help out in any way I can and to do some odd jobs here and there. As an apprentice I’m also constantly looking to pick up on new things that I can learn to help develop my skills.
In such a varied work place I guess it can be hard to pin down the one thing I do. I’ve been a clapperboard thwacker, a virtual reality game tester and even a horse-aerospace-engineer, although you might not see that last one on my CV.
How would your colleagues describe you in three words?
Well I have a few options…
Best…Tea….2k16. Maverick, liability and legendary. Rotoscope, carrots and horses. Or maybe just….
Tell us about what you get up to when you’re not at Spinning Clock HQ.
Apart for the usual going out with mates, travelling and in general massive amounts of media consumption – I like to create in my spare time. It might not be most people’s definition of fun, but experimenting with some cutting edge software at home is always great to do.
Looking at other people’s work and talking to them, asking how they did this or that oftentimes can also be very insightful. For example, I posted a picture on my Instagram of some guy’s sticker-art I found plastered on a junction box in the Lace Market here in Nottingham. He ended up commenting on that post. I wanted to support him with him being a local artist n’ all, so I brought some of his stickers from him. I gave the stickers to my younger cousins and now they’re huge fans of him/her, collecting all the different characters that this guy designs (or they could be a girl…he has a secret identity…they could even be one of us *shifty eyes*). Cool little design-y interactions like that is what I find really interesting.
What’s the best part of being a member of the Spinning Clock team?
Right now? The radiators! Jokes aside, you probably keep hearing the other team members mention that everyone here are amazing to work with and that’s because it’s the truth. Everyone here helps one another and we all want to see each other smash a project or job. Busy days where we’re all working on a big project together are some of the best. One second you’re testing the size of a paper tiara and the next your filming on location.
As an apprentice, I’ve been here over a year now and its been, and continues to be, amazing. Thanks to the opportunities at Spinning Clock, I’m working with brands that before seemed untouchable. Things I have made from scratch have the Disney logo on them. To me, that is completely insane – insane in the best possible way.
Do you have any advice for someone reading who is starting out as a Designer?
When I first started exploring this sector during my time in college I was looking at some other people’s work on sites like Deviant Art and Behance, thinking “I could never do this, and even if I could, how would I use it?”. On that point, I guess my advice would be to not to be intimidated by it all but instead go ahead and learn from it. I soon realised the artists I was looking at aren’t there to show off, they’re there to share their knowledge and, in a way, teach.
As for the industry as a whole, I’m very privileged to be in this apprenticeship, but here’s a bit of insider knowledge. You maybe be telling yourself if you’re my age or just coming out college “Well, university seems to be the only choice if I want to get into this field, there are simply not enough apprenticeships for creative design.” Truth is quite the opposite young one, there are not enough creative apprenticeship spots being filled! This year on my college apprenticeship course, usually there would be twenty-odd creative deigns students, but now there’s only five of us. Get filling these spots people and you could be getting your grubby mitts on those same ‘untouchable’ brands!
Thanks Max 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.