We spoke to Bristol based design don Rob Hodgson. It was in a rare moment where he stopped working. Taking a quick break from clients The Scouts and Urban Graphic to answer our questions. We asked Rob about being a creative and how he got there.
Here’s what he said…
Why did you feel design and illustration are best suited to you? What excites you about them?
I ended up here because I like solving problems and I enjoy making things.
The diversity of design and illustration means you can never really solve everything.
In this way, it’s very similar to science or philosophy.
Your work has a really clear style. Could you tell us a little more about your inspirations and where your creative ideas have come from?
My inspirations mostly come from ways of making and thinking about making, rather than stylistic influences.
Could you give us 3 tips that you’d say have got you to where you are today.
- Surround yourself with amazing people
- Learn when to say ‘no’
- Don’t be a butthead
Can you give us an idea of your average day, how you work and how do you get your creative ideas done?
Generally I go in for the ‘spinning plates’ routine.
I’ll do a bit of this, then try a bit of that.
And then maybe if I’m lucky there’s time for a little of something else.
How do you attract new work?
I try to do good projects and thankfully they seem to fall in front of the right people. Also, the Internet certainly helps. But I think having my work out in the real world has given me the most opportunities.
How long have you been creative and would you say it’s your career?
I never gave up being creative since I was a kid. And I make a living out of it so I consider it a career!
What’s the best advice would you give to someone starting out?
I try not to get hung up on the Internet and how quickly it moves. Remember, think about playing the long game instead.