Design Agency Life: Celebrating Superpowers

Our unique mix of people shapes the packaging design 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!

 This month we’re talking with Senior Account Manager, Sarah.


What was your first job?

I worked in McDonalds back in New Zealand. Our store was really innovative in trialling new techniques to make the consumer experience better and we won loads of awards for having the fastest drive-through – which back then was a big deal!


What is the most annoying question people ask you?

“Is that an Australian accent I hear?” I get this pretty much on a daily basis, so now I just laugh and put them straight – clearly New Zealand is the best!


So what brought you to the UK?

I went travelling around Australia and made friends with a load of other travellers, most of whom were from the UK. When they left to go home they invited me along with them and I just thought ‘why not’!

Saying it now makes it sound like a risky thing to do, but there was a huge sense of adventure about it, and I’ve never looked back!


Why did you decide to become an Account Manager?

I was working in admin within a design agency and just fell in love with the industry. I pulled out all the stops to impress the Managing Director and she was really supportive. She put me on a training programme working in different departments within the agency to learn about the business from different perspectives – strategy; new business; business development – and then I started full time as an Account Executive.


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

I love cooking, and experimenting with different flavours and foods, so would definitely spend my time creating in the kitchen. And eating!


Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?

I loved Iceland. The landscape really reminded me of New Zealand, and the people were so friendly and welcoming. I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled to lots of wonderful places and I always find the people make the biggest impression. If they make you feel welcome it can dramatically change your experience of a place.