As we finish off another week of self-isolation, it’s hard to ignore the impact COVID-19 has had on the creative industry, designers’ working-careers, and everyone else associated. A sense of community seems more important than ever.
As the industry continues to adjust to life working from home, we’ll be running a series of candidate Q&A’s to celebrate some of the amazing talent we work with, and offer some candid insights into how they’re coping, working, grooming, and staying sane (or not).
First up is Kieran Mistry, a graphic designer whose career started at Frost*Design in Sydney, before moving back to the UK in mid-2018. Since then he’s worked with Havas, Wieden+Kennedy, Channel 4, Rosie Lee & Studio Koto, to name a few, but, as a freelancer, is one of many whose career is currently on hold.
Here he chats to us about numb-arses, routines, hot sauce and jacuzzi suits below…
Talk to us about your practice and working year so far, before lockdown...
It feels like a lot has happened and yet nothing at all this year. Its all felt a bit of a blur so far. Mid-last year I went freelance, so thats been a nice change of pace and scenery.
Practice wise, it’s probably similar to most designers and pretty similar to when I was full-time. It’s more the addition of jumping into a new environment, getting to know everyone, the way they work, the client etc. I enjoy it though, it’s a nice way of keeping me on my toes and a fun way to keep learning.
Project wise, I was working on a campaign for Coca-Cola X UEFA Euros at W+K, and the new Paralympics campaign at Channel 4. Sadly both of these have been put on the back burner, due to the Covid pandemic, Corona outbreak, current climate, however you best explain it…
What’s been your experience of work/the design industry since then?
Sadly, freelance work has come to a bit of pause at the moment. I did have a couple of weeks of working from my makeshift home set up. Which was surprising fun, aside from the numb arse that was bestowed upon me by my lovely plastic kitchen chair.
I guess lots of people are in a similar position. I’ve seen creative directors offering portfolio reviews and advice online, so its been nice seeing people reach-out to offer support.
It’s also great seeing what isolation and boredom leads an industry of creative people to. Everything from insightful live chats on Instagram, to hilarious side-projects and also some unreal Tik Tok creations.
Have you got a daily routine in place? How have you been keeping motivated?
My daily routine looks a little something like this at the moment:
Wake at a modest 11.30am, inhale a coffee while getting updated on the news, procrastinate for an hour before a pitiful attempt at a home workout, make a delicious sandwich, dabble in some design work, go for nice long wander around South London, make myself some cheese on toast, and Netflix myself to sleep. Sprinkle in far too much time on instagram between all of those points.
Also, having a bit of a break from thinking about design as work everyday has been quite motivating. It’s given me time to think about and start some side projects that usually get pushed to the side when things get busy.
Any side-projects/hobbies you’ve picked up, or intend to?
There’s been a few things I’ve been keeping myself entertained with. I’m working with a friend on a magazine about shitting your pants, yes it is as ridiculous as it sounds.
I’ve also been making my own hot sauce, learning Spanish, and I tried giving myself a haircut. Some things are going better than others.
What’s the first thing you’re looking forward to, once lockdown ends?
A pint of Guinness, and seeing my friends.
In an ideal world, what would the rest of the year look like for you, creatively?
In an ideal world, I’d make myself some sort of jacuzzi suit I could wear around my flat. Realistically though, if I can keep my side projects going and get them out into the world, I’d be one happy boy. I also can’t wait to jump back into working on some new briefs.
Thanks so much Kieran!
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More to follow from us on this series, and if you'd like to be a part do get in contact with email@example.com.