Design Agency Life: Celebrating Superpowers

By Kate Clayton
By Kate Clayton
Our unique mix of people shapes the agency we are, and so in this series of Thoughts pieces we give you an insight into the unique and individual talents you’ll find at Design Activity!

The first to take centre stage is our Artwork Manager, Matt.

What’s the best way to start the day?

Definitely with a round of Golf before work.


How do you describe your job to your friends?

Outside of the design industry people don’t really know about Artwork – design is all about pretty pictures, but no-one realises there is an important stage between design and print. So I try to keep it simple: “translating design into print-ready pieces of work”. Sometimes they’re intrigued and ask me more.


Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?

It has to be Auschwitz and Birkenau. It’s harrowing and shocking, but such an important piece of history. The silence was particular eerie, and something I hadn’t expected – even after all the time that’s passed there are still no birds anywhere on the site.


What was your first job?

I actually had a lot of jobs when I was young, but the most memorable one – for all the wrong reasons – was cleaning Butlin’s cabins. It was pretty dirty work, and definitely one I’d rather forget!

I also worked in a Banana factory as my weekend job through University, and happened to have a yellow car at the time – which became known as the banana-mobile!


What was the last gift you gave someone?

A Gin Making Kit. It was actually for our work Secret Santa – not that much of a secret now!


If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you do?

I’d buy a house somewhere hot – and it would definitely have its own private golf course!


If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

Work out at the Gym – having to sleep absolutely gets in the way of gym time.


What piece of advice would you give to aspiring creatives?

Be open to trying different creative roles. I started off thinking I would be a designer, but actually my personality and skill set is more suited to the methodical and detailed side of things. So I’m much better as an Artworker – ensuring the technical details are all in place so the design can be realised in print.