Today’s Q & A is with one of our designers, Geoff Muskett. Geoff works one-on-one with financial advisors to create beautifully designed websites on our app.
1) Hi Geoff! Let’s Talk: Where were you born and raised?
2) What led you into choosing a career as a designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
I guess on some level I always wanted to work in a creative field. I was good at art as a kid, and during A-Levels (pre university). Graphics was the only subject I really enjoyed. I started on a teaching course at the University, but it wasn’t a good fit for me, so I switched to do a 3D Product Design degree because it was more drawing and sketching based. There weren’t any web design courses at the time!
3) What were some of your favorite hobbies as a child?
Football (soccer!), tennis, biking, sport in general, messing with computers
4) What drew you to want to join the Twenty Over Ten design team?
I wanted to work with a team of people who are on the cutting edge, not just in terms of technology, but how a modern company should run.
5) Do you have any favorite reads? Magazines? Books? Articles?
I’m a podcast and audio book junkie. The 5 most interesting recent books I’ve listened to are…
1. ‘Born To Run’ – gets you totally inspired to throw away the nike airs and go running barefoot
2. ‘The Power Of Habit’ – super interesting book about breaking bad, and making good habits. We are the sum of our habits.
3. ‘On Writing’ by Stephen King – I’m not a writer, but I’m pretty sure this should be compulsory reading for any writing course. The guy is a story telling supremo.
4. ‘Outliers’ by Malcom Gladwell– this and a few other books have convinced me that talent is not a thing. It’s all about meaningful practice. I’m about 100 hours into my 10,000 for learning base guitar. Long way to go!
5. ‘Influence’ by Robert Cialdini – As a web designer, whether I like it or not, I’m in the business of trying to convince people to do things. This book is essential reading for any designer or marketing person. In fact, it’s appropriate for almost anyone really. If you want to be more persuasive, read this.
6) If you can give advice to anyone deciding to go into graphic design, what advice would you give them?
Do you like creating beautiful things? Do you want to solve problems for people? Are you good at approaching things from an unusual angle? If yes for all three, then become a designer. If yes for just the first one, become an artist. Also, learn html and css- even just a little will make you a better digital designer.
7) hahah, love that! Okay, so what inspires you?
I tend to get inspired with people who are really passionate, skilled, and have mastered ’their thing’. I find it so hard to stick to something in order to become a master, so I admire people who do. Having said that, I’m on a 100 day streak of practising bass guitar… but I definitely haven’t mastered it yet.
The guy who played table tennis every day for a year inspires me. And not so much the guy, but rather the potential for being really good at something in only a year- that truly inspires me.
People like Stephen King (even though I don’t read fiction), Picasso, Michael Jordan, Jerry Seinfeld, these are all guys who have worked at being the very best at what they do.
8) Do you have any hobbies? What are they?
My main hobby is playing Handball (not the squash-without-a-racquet American version, the european version with goals). It’s a small sport in England but massive in France, Spain, Scandinavia… all over Europe really. Myself and a few friends started Newquay Handball Club 2012 after the London Olympics, which co-incided with an awesome coach moving to Cornwall from Germany. We’re going from strength to strength, as is the sport. I’m a goalkeeper (Google handball goalkeepers). If you save 30% of shots you’re doing pretty well!
9) If you could travel anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you like to go?
I’d probably go around the world, and base myself in a different country every month. Enough time to soak in the culture. At some point I’d like to live abroad and fully immerse in another language, probably French as my wife speaks it pretty well. However, I’m on failed French learning attempt #5.
10) If you could live in a book, movie, or TV show which would you want to live in?
I don’t read fiction, I’d like to, but just can’t get into it for some reason. My 8 year old daughter is a very keen reader and writer, I may take a creative writing course so I can help her. So I’d better start reading stories otherwise they may not let me on the course!
I’m rubbish with films too, I’ll forget a lot of what happens as soon as the cinema lights come on. And TV, I don’t watch it. Although I did watch the Masters the other night, bad luck Spieth haha!
Thank you for all that you do, Geoff! Good luck on learning French and reading more fiction!