In the summer of 2019, I got a little freelance job covering the design position at a place (then) called On The Tools. Over the three week placement, I did three days in the office. That was all I needed to tell me I had to make this full time. In those three days, I was exposed to such a welcoming atmosphere, a culture like no other, and that warm fuzzy feeling you get when you are genuinely excited. I needed to be a part of where this place was going. New life goal. Get a job here.
I did it! One fully designed toolbox CV later, and I was in. Today, we are Electric House and I haven’t looked back. This company is unreal. I often have to pinch myself that this is my job, because I truly love it.
Why is EH the best place I will probably ever work? There are soooo many reasons. The culture – togetherness, honesty and positivity. But, the big one for me is CREATIVITY. How many job descriptions say all those lovely things like ‘we want someone creative, we want you to think outside the box…’ blah blah blah? But, they never seem to mean it. Well, Electric House got the box, booted it off the top of Fort Dunlop and gave it to every one of its staff to make the magic 4th dimension that we all now live in.
On my first day, I was a Graphic Designer. But, as we grew, I grew, and I can honestly say I now have one of the most diverse positions a creative could ask for. So far I have worked on designing show stands, sketched statues, cooked a ‘chizza’, pretended to be a builder, to name but a few. However, there is one project above all that has turned this already insane job into a dream.
Just before lockdown, we picked up one of our biggest clients, a major high street brand. This is when I started doing some of the best work in my career to date. This was no ordinary client; we were running their organic social media account, and it had to impress! I got to let my creative juices flow, I was no longer just a Graphic Designer – I was stepping out of those shoes and into art direction.
We start with a big team creative where we bash out top-line ideas for the coming month. Next comes the photoshoots. First, we create a shot list with sketches and moodboards to help give us a vision. Then we get prop shopping and casting. Once all the planning is done, it’s all down to the big day either shooting on location or in the studio. This is my favourite bit, taking hold of the brief at hand and creating the vision into an inspirational photo, a cinemagraph or a stop motion. At the end of the day, you’re shattered, you have been on your feet all day, you’ve walked about 10 miles. But none of that matters because here comes that fuzzy feeling again. We just got the shots back and I couldn’t be happier. I may have even had to fight back a little tear, I am that proud of the work we have achieved.
I think I have found my home. Anywhere that lets you be this creative, encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and supports you through it all the way, must be a great place to be.
Ouch… just had to pinch myself again.
Graphic Designer, Electric House.