You may not be wise like Yoda but money we’d bet on you having learned at least one life lesson by the time you’ve landed your first job in the creative industry.
It may be a job opportunity you should have grabbed with both hands (or swiftly kicked to the curb), or how to adult in an open plan office, not to trust that guy who keeps passing your ideas off as his or that you really weren’t cut out for a career in Finance/ IT/ Puppetry (delete as appropriate) but we’ve all got lessons we’ve learned over the course of our lives and careers. And sharing is caring after all, right?
At Glug 10, six creatives will be sharing the nuggets of wisdom that they’ve learned over their years at the creative coalface. Whether you’re just starting out in your career or a seasoned pro, who better to get advice from than your fellow designers, writers, photographers, illustrators et al! You can literally learn from their mistakes. Yay.
So who will your spiritual creative guides for Glug 10 be?
Step up Lisa Maltby, an illustrator, designer and lettering artist with over 10 years experience. She’s worked with Waitrose Food, Topshop, Chatsworth House and her work has been featured on Creative Boom and Design Taxi. Honesty is her trademark so expect no holds barred tips.
Kyle Wilkinson has worked with Adidas and the BBC (although not together) and founded Wilkinson&Co, a brand and design studio that positions, launches and builds brands of all shapes and sizes. He’s also created the Kyle Wilkinson homeware brand, which launches at the London Design Festival this month.
Ashton Wesley is on a mission to curate a practical guide to thriving in the digital age. After an ‘emotional’ degree in mechanical engineering in Canada, he got interested in the tech and creative world and started his blog, Modern Afflatus. Now living in Leeds, working as a tech consultant and software sorcerer in training he wants to share the lessons he learned at university so you can start doing what really matters sooner.
Independent thinker, writer and public speaker Lou Mycroft is on a mission to transform the public sector and working practices that keep it tethered to old thinking. Lou worked a ‘proper public sector’ job for almost 20 years before going freelance.
Russell Poulter of Flo Design is a creative thinker and pixel pusher who loves solving problems through design.
Since Eleanor Snare was 18, she’s completed two degrees, worked with over 40 brands, helped over 70 students get through university in her role as Fashion Marketing lecturer at the University of Leeds, and learned more than she – or you - could imagine. Alongside her teaching she is a freelance marketing consultant and copywriter, working with businesses to market themselves in sustainable ways.
We’re asking everyone who attends Glug 10 to bring along a photo of themselves at 18 (mainly to make us laugh) and to write their number one lesson on a piece of paper for our wisdom collage.
See you at the bar!
Lisa is an illustrator, designer and lettering artist with over ten years’ experience of working in the creative industry. Lisa’s work is versatile but it is characterised by a love of ideas, detail and hand drawn observations, often incorporating subtle humour. Her clients include Waitrose Food, Topshop, Chatsworth House and Weight Watchers and her work has been featured on design blogs such as Creative Boom, The Dieline and Design Taxi. Honesty is her trademark and her blog posts have had a great response and caused many a belly laugh… except for a guy called Bernard, but more on that later.
Kyle Wilkinson is an internationally recognised designer of many things. He is the founder of Wilkinson&Co. - a Brand and Design studio working across multiple platforms to position, launch and build brands of all shapes and sizes. He's worked with Adidas, Adobe the BBC and Bosch to name a few, picking up awards, as well as even designing trophies for them, along the way.
He is also the creator of the Kyle Wilkinson homeware brand, where he designs luxury products and furniture for the home, including lighting, tables, seating and accessories. His first collection, The First Edition, is launching at the London Design Festival this September.
Modern Afflatus – Ash Wesley
Ashton comes to us from Western Canada and is on a mission to curate a practical guide to thriving in the digital age. Completing a roller coaster (see: emotional) of a degree in mechanical engineering he got his taste for the tech & creative world in Toronto where he started his blog Modern Afflatus. Since then he's moved to Leeds and is working as a technology consultant/software sorcerer in training and is an active member of the meetup community on the side.
With an unusual amount of university experience he's here to share his lessons learned and the advice he wish he knew at 18 so you can start doing what really matters sooner.
Lou Mycroft is an independent thinker, writer and public speaker on a mission to transform the public sector and the working practices which keep it tethered to old thinking. After a decade of drifting and dancing, her career kickstarted with the birth of her son and the need to knuckle down. This proved both tantalising and ultimately futile, but had significant wins in terms of choreographing spaces for hundreds of social purpose teachers to think well and be themselves - an approach explored in the book 'Further Education and the Twelve Dancing Princesses'. Lou maintained a proper public service job for nearly two decades before dancing off into freelance work. She now operates face-to-face and across social media, to provoke thinking and bring about lasting social change.
Flo Design, Russ Poulter
A freelance marketing consultant and copywriter, and who helps creative businesses market themselves in sustainable ways. Alongside my business I teach Fashion Marketing at the University of Leeds where I get to see what happens when I give advice to 18 year olds. Since I was 18 I've done two degrees, worked with over 40 brands, helped 70+ students get through university, and learnt more than I could ever imagine. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can learn at Glug and what I can help you with.
See you at the bar!