"My stationery fad has been in full swing since I was about 5 years old. I had a pencil collection, a rubber collection and a sticker collection. I was mad about letter-writing paper sets, stencils, and jumbo rainbow notepads. I remember having a pen bangle, now that was the coolest."
Stationery has a huge influence on my creative process. When I started out as a designer, computers were only part of the creative process. As a junior commercial artist, for example, if I was thrown a logo brief, I wouldn't touch my mac until I spent three hours sitting at a drawing table with a pencil and notepad. It was so important to me that everything felt good to use in this very hands-on process. If I had the perfect paper softness and lead weight, then I would get into a groove fast. Everything would just work.
Fluro, sharp, lines.
At the moment it would be my Doxie scanner. I just love minimising all the business paperwork and not having it in sight. Filing cabinets and boxes of invoices never look good in creative environments! And my sticky tape drawer. And my sticky dots. And all of my grid notebooks!
Anything that designer Anna Kövecses seems to do at the moment I love-love-love. And I also get a kick out of the simplicity of Dallas Clayton’s street art and bits and pieces.
Are you working on any exciting projects?
Lunch Lady magazine is our big project at the moment. It’s a quarterly about food and family, and is just a load of fun to design. It’s happy and colourful and I am like a kid in a toy shop when I am laying out the pages.