Hi everyone, I recently had the pleasure to interview David Airey, I’ve known David for some time now, almost a year now I think. He is someone I highly respect, and he’s a very talented designer. He recently launched a new blog which we talk about in the interview. Hope you enjoy it! :)
Jon: Hi David, thank you very much for taking the time for this interview. Can you tell our readers a little about yourself, what you do and where you’re from? A typical day in the life of David Airey, how is it like?
I’ll keep my background intro brief so as not to send anyone to sleep.
I was born in ’79, in the small town of Bangor, Northern Ireland (just outside the capital Belfast). I’m a self-employed graphic designer, working from home in Edinburgh, Scotland. I moved to Scotland at the age of 19, for studies, and decided to stay, as it’s a beautiful city. I’m now 28 years old.
A typical day involves getting out of bed at 7am and having breakfast with my girlfriend, before she heads off to work. I’ll check my emails at about 7:45am, and that’ll be my working day started. Work involves identity projects, blogging, print design, accounting, and attracting new clients with online marketing efforts. My working day ends around 6, 7 or 8pm, depending on whether I’m heading out to play football, go to the cinema or gym.
Jon: How did you get started? Did you study anything in particular?
Jon: I know you’ve been blogging for almost a year and a half now, how is blogging helping your business? Do you find it’s a useful tool and do you find clients through your blog?
Jon: What are the tools you use, the ones you could never get rid of (softwares, apps, etc…) ?
Jon: How do you find clients? Do you use job boards and classified ads websites?
If you can find clients through word of mouth, which I do, then you’re onto a winner. It means your past clients are happy enough with your work to do your marketing for you. I always ask clients for a testimonial, so I can show them on my website.
Jon: If you know you’re not going to be able to meet a deadline (for whatever reason), what do you do? How do you handle it?
Jon: What would be your best productivity tip?
Jon: Where do you find inspiration? Any websites or places you like to go to get the creative juices flowing? (online and off)
Jon: You recently launched a new site, LogoDesignLove.com, can you tell us a little more about it? What are your goals with this site?
Within the first week I’ve had over 450 people subscribe to the feed, so hopefully I’m doing something right.
Jon: What’s in your Ipod? And if you don’t have one, why?
Jon: Thanks a lot David for taking the time for this interview, it is really appreciated. Keep rockin!