Frith Kerr — Studio Frith

Describe the Ideal Candidate in three words

How important is your CV, compared to your portfolio?
Both are important.

How important is it for you to see personal work?
It’s super-important to see work that isn’t undertaken at another studio (alongside any studio work), so that we can get an understanding of that person’s particular interests and passions.

What’s the most common mistake people make when they apply for jobs?
Writing a generic email, and starting with ‘Dear Sir’.

What’s the one thing a potential employee can do that will impress you?
Our last intern baked us a cake to say thank you.

Is it possible to do too many internships?
Yes and no. In this economic climate it is easily done, and it is not necessarily a reflection on the candidate’s abilities. Ideally, internships should be a short term undertaking, with the view of letting the internee get a good insight and working knowledge of their chosen discipline and that particular company — perhaps finding out what they don’t want to do, as much as what they do, and who for.

Studio Frith is a new graphic design consultancy set up by Frith Kerr after 11 years as a director and partner of the highly acclaimed Kerr/Noble. “Britain has continued to produce — and educate — some of the world’s leading designers: Kerr/Noble in graphic design...” Alice Rawsthorn, International Herald Tribune. Studio Frith collaborates with a mix of corporate and cultural clients. These include: Artangel, Chisenhale Gallery, David Chipperfield Architects, Gallery Libby Sellers, Hussein Chalayan, Melrose & Morgan, Plain English, Rizzoli, Serpentine Gallery, Somerset House, Studioilse, Victoria & Albert Museum and White Cube. Current projects include: identity for a private guest house in Stockholm with StudioIlse; a book on the drawings of Lucian Freud; an upcoming publication for Visual Editions written by Adam Thirlwell.