A day in the life of: A Graphic Designer

 
Jordan, Graphic Designer at PlayStack

Jordan, Graphic Designer at PlayStack

PlayStack

Hi Jordan, can you tell me a bit about how you came to work at PlayStack?

Jordan

Hi guys! As a student studying architecture, it only took a work placement for me to realise that that just wasn’t the right career path for me. Thankfully, I found that graphic design was something that I could dive into, that utilises my drawing skills and I wasn’t too bad - so I pursued that. Having previously felt like I was starting to plateau, I wanted a new adventure, and saw a friend advertising a job for PlayStack on Facebook. After 2 successful interviews, they gave me the job on the spot and here I am, 9 months later, still excited about my job.

PlayStack

Had you worked in Graphic Design in a games environment before?

Jordan

When I started in graphic design, I was mainly a print designer. As I ventured into the industry, it was starting to move heavily towards digital. When I found out that there was an opportunity to work with games, which is something I've been brought up on, it was almost like the perfect next step.

PlayStack

As a graphic designer, what does your day to day role entail?

The PlayStack, PlayFund and AppStart websites, all redesigned by Jordan through 2017

The PlayStack, PlayFund and AppStart websites, all redesigned by Jordan through 2017

Jordan

The best part of my graphic design role is that it varies from day to day. One day I could be designing social posters used to promote a game, the next I could be building exhibition stands or helping with the branding of our other companies like AppStart and PlayFund. Even working as a brand guardian, making sure that all our games and their designed assets are consistent. I even made this website!

Some days I can find myself trying my hand at something that I've never done before – which is real opportunity to get my hands dirty, it keeps things fun.

PlayStack

What has your favourite project been so far?

Jordan

One of the most memorable projects I’ve worked on was Dick Wilde. Everything required such a fast turnaround, but we all pulled together and managed to complete it. I’m really proud of all the pieces we put out for that.

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PlayStack

Do you fancy yourself as much of a gamer?

Jordan

Definitely. I trace my origins back to PlayStation 1. Playing Mortal Kombat 3, which my brother gave me, and my young, naïve mind being exposed to all that blood and gore. Since then, I had a period of some hardcore PC gaming before finally transitioning onto mobile gaming as I’ve gotten a bit older. Playing games like Snipers vs Thieves and Guns of Boom really help to pass the hour and a half commute each day.

PlayStack

Do you have any tips for budding graphic designers out there?

Jordan

It sounds super corny but don’t say no to anything. I’ve thrived in my profession by adopting that mentality because it means that I don’t get shoehorned into a specific type of designer. That outlook means you get to experience many different walks of life.

 
 

PlayStack

What lies in the future for you?

Jordan

I’d love to build my own team of designers. As we grow, so will our departments and I think it would be amazing to lead a group of designers doing what I did when I started.

The second thing would be to design my own game. At the moment, we work closely with other artists and designers to help create a great game, but the chance to actually put my ideas and thoughts into a game and put out its artwork would be a real honour.

PlayStack:

Thanks Jordan.

Jordan

Cheers.

 
Edgar Khoo