The latest in our 'getting to know you' series

What’s it like to be a Graphic Designer at Bray Leino CX? Here’s a glimpse into Harriet’s world.

Describe your role in a sentence…

I’m a Graphic Designer and animator specialising in exhibitions, conferences and events – basically making temporary things look considered with the strongest visual impact possible.

What you do each day?

We begin with morning ‘stand-up’ (traffic tells us what to do) – then I crack on with animations, stand graphics, brochures or anything else that’s required. In my downtime I like to read up on loads of different things - from feminist posters, to costume design for wrestling – I also make papercraft animals to decorate our office.

How did you get to where you are in your career?

I started as an animator and while I was working in kitchens to subsidise my complete lack of income I said YES to everything - design a food truck, animate a children’s book, logos for estate agents – ANYTHING. Eventually I stumbled into a role with an exhibition organiser and learned how to keep up and fall in love with the fast-paced nature of the events world. After a few years I moved to Bray Leino CX to hone my professional skills in a creative agency.

What do you like most about your job?

I love the crazy pace of events – it’s challenging and constantly moving. I’m also grateful for being multi-disciplined, I can be drawing, designing or animating, so the day-to-day is never dull. Being on-site is still one of my favourite parts of doing event and exhibition design.

Best piece of advice you’ve been given?

I went to a seminar recently by Anastasia Dedyukhina – The Neuroscience Behind Digital Distraction and it taught me how to distance (but not remove) a dependency on digital influence, encouraging creative thought and improving mental aptitude – both professionally and on a personal level.

What's the best thing about working at Bray Leino CX?

I joined Bray for diversity, learning and room-to-grow. So far, I’ve had all those opportunities presented to me; I get to work on something new every week, I’ve learned so much from the other talented creatives, and I am challenged and encouraged every day.

Last book you read?

‘Savages’ by Shirley Conran – it’s about a gaggle of women that get trapped on an island near Papa New Guinea; old money wealth, terrorists, lesbians, cannibalism, adventure, death, murder, cattiness!

Alexa or Google search?

Google search – The use of a female voice (Alexa) for ‘digital servants’ makes me very uncomfortable, I would rather my technology be genderless.

Best customer experience moment?

Years of consistent customer experience – Bravissimo. A lingerie retailer specialising in the more generous female figure, they have some of the best trained staff and customer experience in the retail world.

Favourite project?

I’ve just finished a large project for Farnborough International Airshow, which involved 6 weeks of campaign development, animation and troubleshooting. We delivered a 14x2.5 metre, animated digital wall for their stand, as well as concepts for other collateral including brochures. I was impressed by how impactful this relatively small space was - easily one of the most engaging elements of the exhibition – showing how style can out-deliver size.

Your go-to weekend lunch?

The kind that comes with a generous helping of libations…

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Lisa Ballam