My User Manual

What to expect from me when we work together ...

This document is not intended to replace the relationships I build with others. Its intention is to give an idea of how I think and how I work.


About me ...

I am an Illustrator and Graphic Designer from the UK. I am experienced in serving customers worldwide across a variety of industries including environmental and sustainability, video games, and medical.

I love coffee, video games, movies, and building things with LEGO!


I add value to teams by ...

Bringing my imagination and enthusiasm to the team, and an ability to interpret difficult briefs, iterate quickly and deliver on time.


Pronouns ...

He/Him


One fun fact about me ...

My guilty pleasure TV show is The Big Bang Theory.


How I like to do my work ...

I prefer my day to be flexible and may be at my desk at strange hours, often late into the evening.

If I email you at night, I don’t expect an immediate reply.

I sometimes take time-out during the day, if my work commitments allow.


The best ways to communicate with me ...

I believe in asynchronous communication. Not everything needs to be a meeting.

For most feedback and messages, platforms such as Discord, Slack or email work well. Or if you're feeling adventurous, perhaps Loom?

If we need to discuss something, or brainstorm, meeting via Zoom or other video platform is great! I prefer meetings to be booked with enough notice so I can adequately prepare.

I appreciate clear, direct communication of thoughts, feelings and ideas throughout.


How I like to receive feedback ...

I welcome honest and clear communication as it helps me to understand why something is important, and allows me to reach the goal as quickly and efficiently as possible.


I do my best work when ...

The goal is clear, but I have the freedom to choose my own path.

I receive clear and constructive feedback throughout the process.


The sort of projects which really excite me have ...

The potential for real world positive outcomes for people. Particularly tackling the challenges of climate change and sustainability.


What gives me energy at work ...

When people and companies I’ve worked with succeed.

Seeing the positive effects my creative work has on others. 

Variety — I enjoy working on many different things at the same time.


What drains me at work ...

Receiving conflicting or incomplete information causing extra work which could have been avoided.

Routine — Doing the same thing over and over. 

Being ghosted. Seriously, please don't do this.


Strengths ...

Working Remotely — I am self motivated, and have a proven track record of working efficiently within remote and distributed teams.

I have a broad range of skills that I have developed through building my own business from the ground up. I love a chance to flex them.

Turning rough briefs into tangible designs.


Weaknesses ...

It's easy for me to lose focus when working on repetitive tasks. I try to combat this by breaking up these types of tasks into manageable chunks.

I sometimes overthink things. This is when I may ask for the input of someone else to 'bring order to chaos'. Or I might just put on some headphones and go for a walk.

I struggle to get motivated if there is no clear goal.


Other ...

I often revisit, review and update this manual, so if you have any questions or comments, please let me know!