At Glug we’re always keen to bang the drum of creatives, makers, doers, tinkerers who do things a little differently. We’ve hence put together a series called “Glug Profiles” where we’ll be highlighting people from across the Glug world with different backgrounds and from all sorts of practices! To see more Glug Profiles, check out our news section.
Daniel Beere, Product Designer from Ireland
Hi Dan! How’s it going? You having a good week so far?
Hello! I’m grand, thanks! Hope you’re good too (: And absolutely - It’s the week of the eclipse so there’s some pretty cool stuff posted online: http://abduzeedo.com/collection-solar-eclipse-photography // https://dribbble.com/search?q=eclipse&s=latest
For those Gluggers who’ve never heard of you, who are you and what do you do?
I’m Daniel, an Irish product designer, now based again in Ireland. Currently, I’m working with Qstream, where we’re creating a new coaching platform for sales teams. https://dribbble.com/shots/3292294-Style-Exploration-2
How did you end up doing what you’re doing now, then? Have you always dreamt of working in the creative industry, or what’s the back log here?
Having failed at mastering MS Paint, I went to college hoping to become a graphic / web designer of sorts. The course I studied was pretty broad though, so I found myself studying sociology, psychology, maths, programming, audio and video - A bunch of modules that I felt at the time were slowing me down on my path. How naive I was! There was also that one module which included an introduction to Photoshop and Illustrator (: UX design was a hot topic at the time so from there I stumbled out of college and into my first job in industry, as a UX Architect with Paddy Power.
What do you get up to when you’re not working? Got any exciting side hustles or passions to tell us about?
I really enjoy what I do work-wise. It’s a hobby as well as a job so it’s handy to be getting paid for it. Given that, I tend to “work” quite a bit outside of normal working hours on side projects. One of which, Victor the Visabot, won 3rd in a pre-accelerator this month, and we’re hoping to earn a place at NDRC’s Launchpad program to help us continue work on it: https://dribbble.com/shots/3722954-Victor-the-Visabot-Our-pitch-deck
After living in San Francisco for 2 years, I had to leave the country and eventually a job I loved because of visa issues: https://medium.com/@danielbeere/visas-dreams-and-some-things-in-between-9b6c67c3c842
And just a few months ago I had to turn down a dream job in Canada, again because of visa issues. This resulted in me being out of work, on the dole, and back home living with my parents in Portlaoise, Ireland. Anywho, this was the inspiration for Victor the Visabot. For any travel visa, Victor gives travellers peace of mind by pulling together the information they need and enabling them to apply directly through one simple to use interface.
I’m also a founding member of a community owned crowd-sourcing hiring platform that will operate as a Decentralised Autonomous Organisation (DAO) on the Ethereum blockchain called: HireVibes. HireVibes’ mission is to redirect the flow of wealth going to traditional agencies; into a river of financial resources for people and the planet using Bitcoin, Ethereum smart contract technology and swarm intelligence. The blockchain space is very exciting, albeit somewhat hard to keep up.
Also also, my friend and I put together a wee app called Psilo, to help people learn about the health benefits of natural psychedelics: https://itunes.apple.com/app/psilo/id1207582468
On a gloomy, totally uninspiring and day, where everything just feels like an obstacle — what do you usually resort to in order to get your inspiration back on track again?
I’ve been getting into floating lately. As in floating in sensory deprivation tanks. Remember that episode of The Simpsons when Homer and Lisa go on a spiritual journey by lying in a sensory deprivation tank ;) It takes some sessions to get into it, but the more you do it the more you benefit. For any Irish folks reading this, a beautiful new place to float opened in Naas, Co. Kildare: http://floathouse.ie Obviously, it’s not something you can conveniently do every day or every other day even, so getting outside and away from the screen helps a lot too. There’s a park behind our office so I stroll around there most afternoons, and not necessarily getting inspired, but given the headspace to think about what problem(s) I’m working on.
And on the opposite end — where do you usually find your inspiration in the work that you do either in your dream job or as a side hustle?
A lot of my friends are in creative roles so seeing them doing their thing and excelling at it really inspires me. I’m lucky that some of the people I look up to I get to call my friends, and on top of how talented they are, they’re also really cool and caring people.
Ok, so let’s get a bit dreamy, shall we? If you were to swap job with someone else in the creative industry, who would this be and why?
Hmmm, maybe Dann Petty?! I like his perspective on work, life, family, etc. and how he balances the lot. He’s very talented and pretty funny on his design news show (: https://www.youtube.com/user/dannpetty
And… If you were given the opportunity to move anywhere without having to apply for any visa what-so-ever and we’d sort the packing for you — where would you go?
Right now, I would say California, specifically San Francisco and the Bay Area. I miss my friends, family and the energy there. Some of the things I loved most about living there was getting to meet designers I followed and looked up to, as well as exploring the kickass parks around - Yosemite, the redwoods, ooh wee! https://www.instagram.com/p/BEgaDDIknp-
Ok, and last but not least! Please give a link shout-out to 5 pieces of inspirational, or just plainly awesome, work that you’ve stumbled upon recently…
Why We Build by Wilson Miner: https://vimeo.com/34017777
Dewey Saunders on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deweysaunders
Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy visual identity: http://nonlinear.co/parker-institute
Permanent Holiday by Mike Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU7hZ3smj0g
How great leaders inspire action by Simon Sinek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp0HIF3SfI4