We recently had Jordan in for a few weeks to help us out with a variety of live projects. One of the latest and greatest graduates from the Graphic Design course at Leeds College of Art - his talents and creativity helped us out a whole lot and we hope we helped Jordan in some way on his journey too.
Jordan's approach is based on design, branding and illustration informed by a strong emphasis on concept and craft. We asked Jordan about how he found his time here and this is how it went...
How did you hear about Alphabet?
The Alphabet founders (Abbas, Sam & Seb) had all previously studied at the same university as me and had always produced work that was stylish, considered and really set a high benchmark for quality. Through knowing them as university alumni, I already followed their work on portfolio platforms like Behance and actually initially found out they had started their own agency through social media platforms online.
What made you want to work with us?
I found the design Alphabet were producing balanced style, concept and function in a way that was both memorable and really appealed to my personal taste. Also, the idea of eventually founding my own studio has always interested me, so the chance to gain some first-hand knowledge from a group of ambitious designers that were already making moves was really appealing.
What projects did you work on?
During my first few days in the studio I was working on developing merchandise concepts for a new music label, dropping the outcomes I developed into a client ready proposal. From the get go they had me working on live projects so I really hit the ground running to make sure that the work I created was both up to scratch and was produced at high level of productivity the guys all work at. Other projects they had me working on while I was there included branding proposals for the new Leeds Kirkgate Market, merchandise concepts for Tiesto and a branding proposal for a huge LinkedIn networking event.
Learning so much in such a short period of time as well as the pronunciation of Jiu-jitsu (Jouuu-ji-suuuu).
What was it like being in the studio?
The guys were friendly, relaxed but super focused which made for a great working atmosphere – Add in daily MMA updates from Joe Rogan and studio banter and you're onto a winner.
What did you learn that stuck with you?
Take your work beyond the standard deliverables, consider each projects true scope and create work that inspires innovation.