For the latest in our “Day in the life of” feature, Graphic Designer Kate Harvey fills us in on her typical day at Ginger Root, how she became a Graphic Designer and her best career advice.
What does your typical day at Ginger Root look like?
A tea round is always first on the cards..its very important. Then we as a Design Team divide up tasks and look at what we have on that day. One of the things I love about Ginger Root is that generally there is no ‘typical day’. One day could be spent on the rebrand of a school, the next could be spent doing posters for a Men’s choir group or a drinks menu for an Escape room!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Creative, thoughtful, a bit messy (sadly!!)
What do you most enjoy about your job?
I really do enjoy the variety that comes with working in design. We work with an extensive list of clients and businesses from all different kinds of industries!
What did you want to be when you were younger?
I wanted to do anything creative, I went through stages of wanting to work in fashion, architecture and graphic design! Although there was always a part me that hoped I could don a beret and be an artist in Paris too!
What has been your favourite project at Ginger Root?
I have really loved working with the South Notts Men’s Chorus. We were briefed to create marketing collateral for their concerts, which cover a wide variety of music. I loved being involved in the process where we created visuals that encapsulated the tone and atmosphere of the concert.
How did you become a Graphic Designer?
I graduated from my degree in Decorative Arts at Nottingham Trent University in 2013. During my final project there I specialised in screen printing and illustration which further grew my love of graphic design and 2D design. After graduating I worked in a specialist interior shop for a year and half, which was great but not ultimately what I loved doing. I jumped at the chance of working at Ginger Root where I could be involved in the graphic design process and utilise my skills in the Adobe suite that I had learnt at university.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I find travel very inspiring. After visiting a new city or country, I often find myself creating things that reflect this experience in the following months, even if it’s not consciously!
What’s been the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career to-date?
Learn to work as a team. It’s really difficult going from school or university where success is measured on your own personal achievements, to a place of work where success as a team is just as, if not more, important than individual. If you can learn early on how to work well as a team and play to each others strengths, it will stand you in good stead!