Freelance Digital Designer at Studio Say Do
Ferg Flannery a talented multi-discplinary designer currently based out of NYC.
Where do you work and what is your current title?
NiceyNYC is an experiment that was created out of my own excel list of places to drink and eat that I was preparing in advance of a friend visiting NYC. In a place like NYC, like any large city, it can be daunting to make a decision on places to go to, so I decided to create a randomizer to do the work instead. I began to build on the process and moved it online and thus NiceyNYC was born. The website is about to roll out in late March and hopefully will serve as a good tool for us poor souls who have a hard time deciding or as a way of discovering new and interesting places.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself & your background.
I’ve worn many hats throughout the years in the industry, in Web, Print and Digital. Working across many industries has helped me remain wide eyed about my approach and practice to design.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
I always had a creative streak along side a big love of computers and technology. I always thoughts I would end up in Programming but my creativity took over. After temp-ing at a web design agency for a summer job when I was a teenager, I realized I could combine technology and my creativity as a career and it took off from there.
What was your first design job? Any interesting stories about how you broke into the field?
Please describe a normal day at your current job. What’s the workflow like? What are your primary responsibilities?
Are there any memorable war stories, client interactions or close calls that have taught you something important about how things work?
What’s a common mistake you often see entry level designers make? What are some tips to avoid or overcome it?
I have had the pleasure of working with and mentoring students, graduates and even self-taught designers in the past. I love the energy, enthusiasm and concepts that are brought to the table. It also helps light a fire under the rest of us to stay on the top of our game. I’ve seen new designers produce some stunning work but missing the brief by trying to fit the latest trends without considering the context. Our job as designers is communication, we have limited time with our audience. It is important to remember to remove yourself from the process at times and consider the how your designs will be consumed. And never make assumptions that you cannot validate.
Any industry sites or blogs you read on a regular basis, or anything else you read for inspiration?
There’s something new and amazing coming out every day. What’s something awesome you’ve seen recently that you’re dying to share, or something you’re excited about?
What advice would you give to someone trying to break into the industry?
What do you think is the future of your industry?