Here at WSA we’ve decided to give you an insight in to what makes some of our team tick and who better to put in the spotlight first than our lovely Graphic Designer Kathryn, who recently scooped the title of WSA Designer of the Year award.
Kathryn has been with us since 2006 and currently works part time, juggling her time between the busy world of advertising and two small children. She resides at the ‘pink’ desk in the studio which always has various Hello Kitty memorabilia hanging around and is always the person to visit if you need to borrow a wacky item of stationery. So let’s see what she had to say about her recent achievement amongst other things…
In your time here what’s the biggest change you’ve seen within the company?
The biggest change I have seen at WSA is the implementation of the new online order system, it’s been a positive change and has streamlined the way we work.
What’s the most interesting/challenging project you’ve had to work on?
We are often faced with interesting projects and new challenges at WSA, we have a varied mix of work coming through the studio and everyday is different. However, I would say that I find the annual Designer of the Year competition the most challenging, especially this year as we tried a new format that really challenged our creative minds and ideas.
What was your inspiration behind the WSA Board room artwork?
I wanted to capture my own interpretation of WSA within the artwork. I begin by brainstorming various ideas, hoping to keep my idea as simple and impactful as possible. I began to look around the office for inspiration and realised I was surrounded by objects and technology that we use everyday without even thinking, I thought it would be really interesting to turn these seemingly mundane objects into a piece of art of some kind. I decided to arrange the objects as a ‘still life’ that I would photograph. I played around with various compositions until settling on a more structured final piece. I felt the structure reflected the order and organisation that keeps WSA running smoothly. The result was a deconstruction of WSA and it’s component parts.
If you could switch your job with anyone else within WSA, whose job would you want?
I would switch jobs with another designer in the studio!
What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?
I have learned how to cram in an entire grown-up day between the time the children go to bed and I go to sleep!
What was the last picture you took on your phone?
A picture of my teenage niece and my two children at the park.
Have you ever seen a ghost or UFO?
I’ve never seen a ghost but I did have a ghostly experience once. I was up late one evening in the kitchen, washing up and talking to my husband, Adam. As I went about the washing up I started quietly singing ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ (I think I must have heard it somewhere earlier in the day) I then stopped for a moment and a disembodied voice carried on singing the next line of the song! It sounded almost distant and like an elderly lady’s voice, similar to a gramophone playing. I turned to Adam and said: “Did you just hear that?!” He had heard it too! We both felt that the voice was right beside us but we were at opposite ends of the room. We were alone and there was no-one outside. We did a bit of research on the date and it was the anniversary of Judy Garland’s death who originally sung the song in the film The Wizard of Oz, probably a coincidence but who knows, to this day we’ve never been able to explain it. Creepy!
What is your favourite quote?
“Your life lies before you like a path of untrodden snow, be careful how you walk it for every mark will show.” One of my Grandfather’s many quotes.
Can you remember what you bought with your first pay cheque?
Probably a pair of shoes! My first job was in Dorothy Perkins on the shoe department.
If you wrote a book about your life what would it be called?
What one food do you wish had no calories?
Chocolate of course!
If you were stuck on a desert island what three things would you bring?
Matches so I can make a fire, a bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin, purely for it’s antiseptic and medicinal properties of course, and a good book.
You’re happiest when?
Thanks Kathryn and congratulations again on winning the title of Designer of the Year.
The winning artwork is currently in the process of being printed and will be proudly on display in the WSA boardroom soon so follow us on Twitter @WSAdvertising and once it’s been installed we’ll share it with you all.