Head of Interaction and Service Design at @DigitalDWP
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
When I was growing up I had so many ideas of what I wanted to do or where I wanted to be when I was older. I went through stages of wanting to be Postman Pat and Fireman Sam, I wanted to be an Architect and join the Armed Forces. We certainly do have wonderful thoughts on what what we like to do, however I wondered how many people’s dreams actually came to fruition.
I was curious as to what other people wanted to be when they were a kid and the responses were VERY varied.
When I was a child I wanted to be a paleontologist and study prehistoric life, dinosaurs and all that. I’ve always been fascinated by the evolution of life, animals, humans, insects, etc… and I’ve always been interested in science and history. Understand why and where we come from. Then I changed my mind and decided I wanted to work in a submarine or in the Navy somehow, especially a DSRV (Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle) and rescue people and go on missions. Now I’m a designer and musician, which I’m really happy about.
Although I’m sure I had several other ideas along the way, the main career I remember being excited about as a child was Marine Biologist. To this day I’m fascinated by the sea, and especially large ocean animals like whales, pinnipeds, and sharks. I always figured I’d be diving, discovering new species, and researching the behavior of these magnificent creatures. I guess not. But if The Discovery Channel wants to hire me to do the next Shark Week site, I’m all ears!
As a kid I think I wanted to be something different every week, sometimes I wanted to be an Air Force pilot, other times a psychologist… I wanted to be in a band (which I actually got to do), for a long time I wanted to be a professional skateboarder. One thing I noticed is that whatever it was it usually involved some sort of creativity, and hanging out with other people. So even though I never wanted to be a “designer” it makes a lot of sense to be doing something creative, and being part of such an awesome design community.
I wanted to be Betty Boop for quite a while as a child, I even wrote into Jim’ll Fix It to request to sing with her! I then went through various stages of wanting to be a Barrister and a Geologist…I know….quite a mixture of aspirations!
As far as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be a designer (with backup careers of Secret Agent and Astronaut). I can remember discovering about the career of Graphic Designer early on, with whatever book I saw it on highlighting how it involved the design of book covers and posters, this obviously caught my interest and it has stuck with me since. Throughout school, college and university I pursed this aim and eventually landed my first fulltime job as a Graphic/Web Designer. Along the way I did experiment in a few areas of design, including 3D modeling in Maya (on which I spent a fortune on training DVDs), Flash animation as well as Web Design and Illustration.
I wanted to be a pilot, not really sure why? I liked planes and loved the lego airport! But my dreams were shattered at an early age when the doctor told me I had a red/green colour blindness and would fail any pilot tests!
After realizing my dreams of becoming a pro baseball player for the New York Mets wouldn’t pan out, I was pretty focused on becoming a music producer. I went to school for audio recording, because I’ve always loved the intersection of art and technology. It wasn’t until after college that I became serious about web design and development. Like music, I found that same cross between creativity and technology in design for the web. That’s what continues to drive my passion for this industry.
All I can ever remember was wanting to be an artist. As a kid, I was always drawing and had lots of creativity (I even won a Blue Peter badge in a competition once) and used to sell my drawings at primary school. When I got older it changed to working for a magazine, which I actually did during work experience for ‘Ride BMX Magazine’.
I always wanted to be a singer, from when I started singing at age 3, but my mum told me I needed a “backup plan” so I decided I wanted to be a vet. Then I realised at around age 8 that I didn’t like blood, so that was a no-go! Then I decided I wanted to be a marine biologist or a dolphin/whale trainer – I would spend hours watching Shamu on webcam. I then discovered I wasn’t as brilliant a swimmer as I hoped, so at 12 I finally settled on being a designer – something I actually seemed to be getting good at and loved. I’ve never looked back!
I’ve always wanted to be something art related. It’s changed from Artist to Art teacher to Architect to Art Therapist to Graphic Designer.
I started drawing at age 5 when my grandfather did sketches of my family. I thought it was amazing and I was hooked. I begged my mother for art classes.
When MGM opened I walked through the studio tour and was ecstatic seeing the wall of paint colors that they used for the animation. Geeky I know but I couldn’t help myself.
When growing up, I went through a lot of abstract career choices. The most significant of which was to be either a tractor or JCB driver. This was naturally in infants school.
By the time I started primary school it was realised that I had a talent in illustration. Therefore, I began flirting with the idea of becoming a comic book artist due to a love of comics — particularly Spider-Man and Batman — but my parents told me to consider more ‘serious’ career paths including architecture. But upon leaving primary school I had discovered a new love and talent: computing. It was on this path that I then decided to focus my attention to web authoring and to become a website designer.
But even that didn’t work out, as I now specialise in server-side development! Although I am fairly proficient in front-end development, and of course design.
So, what did you want to be when growing up? Anything weird and wonderful?