Grace Abell (@abell_design) is a graphic designer with a background in art directing magazines. She stepped away from that into branding, and has now set up independently in York, also running quarterly designer and illustrator meet ups in the city.
In this episode we chat about the way she approaches branding projects, her honest advice in starting your own business and her involvement with the Guild of Entrepreneurs (@GOE_York), as well as her commitment to ethical business.
Lisa-marie Newman is the creative director of York Nurturing Community (@ync_ork_uk), organising events and activities that deliver an exciting art programme promoting wellbeing and social cohesion.
We talk about the links between creativity, community and wellbeing, her frustration at teaching art in schools without the freedom to teach creatively, and about their new premises opening at Spark:York tomorrow.
Mat Lazenby is a creative director at design agency LazenbyBrown, based on the Shambles, which he co-founded with Gary Brown after working in senior creative positions for a number of agencies across York and Leeds.
As well as working on brand design projects for both local and national brands, Mat is a previous master of the guild of media arts and a champion for creativity, regularly speaking in schools and colleges.
In this episode we chat about education and how you teach children in environments that are constantly changing, about facing your fears and trying to improve the things you’re not good at, as well as York’s UNESCO designation and what that means for the city.
In this weeks episode I interview my brother Luke (Instagram: @_lukeporter). Luke is a freelance graphic designer, as well as a talented photographer and musician, he’s basically one of those annoying brothers that seems to be able to do everything you can but much better.
We talk about the link between extreme sports and creativity, how he managed to leave school already having a list of clients he could design for, and about the struggles of juggling multiple creative passions.
Gill Douglas is an artist and printmaker working from her home studio in the centre of York, The Lighthouse. Originally trained as a theatre designer she cut her teeth working at the Theatre Royal in 1976, before becoming a freelance artist in 1983, working across all mediums.
We discuss her creative journey from art school to the present day, about working through illness and adapting to limitations, and about where great art comes from.