Lots of people ask me, "How do I get a job in the design industry?". Normally I answer, "Sorry, I haven't got a clue. Sorry."
Sometimes people ask me, "How do I get a job at The Design Conspiracy?". Normally I answer, "Sorry, We don't have any jobs at the moment. Sorry."
But we've just taken on Alex, who's a brilliant designer, and I thought I'd explain how and why we employed him because it sort of answers both questions.
We first heard of Alex in 2004. A client of ours rang and said they'd seen someone talking about us in a D&AD thing. It turns out it was the D&AD Talent Pool website. Alex had been short listed in the London 2012 Bid logo competition and because of this he'd been interviewed by the guys at Talent Pool.
We found the interview and when he was asked what his influences were he'd said, Henry Moore, Mother and us. Yes, us. We were a bit shocked by this (in 2004 there were 3 of us in one room) so we invited him in for a cup of tea.
We loved his work and we really liked him, but we didn't have any jobs going.
He / we kept in touch. Sometimes he would ring and ask if we needed any help. He helped us out during holidays and even at weekends. He came to all the parties.
When we moved into our new studio he sent us this moving in card. By now there were 7 of us.
Tom, Kingsley and Paul.
And of course me.
Good isn't it? So when we finally needed another designer there was only ever going to be one choice.
Next time, when someone asks me how they get a job in the design industry I'm just going to point them at this post.
(By the way we're currently looking for a Business Development Manager and some freelance junior web developers. If you fit the bill drop me a line, ben at the design conspiracy dot com.)