Josh Dring

We got hooked on Digital Designer Josh Dring's work via the #TDKpeepshow tag, where we found his 'poster a day' project. The years almost up, which means he's almost finished! We chat with Josh about the struggles that come with creating something every day, the disasters that happen when you don't back up your work, plus he shares his fave Mark Twain quote with us.

What have been some of your biggest disasters and how have you learnt from it?

When I was a younger me and my best friend Ryan decided to build an underground music streaming platform. We had a big pitch fast approaching for some funding so we decided to redesign and rebrand the whole platform just 7 days before the pitch.

Ryan’s parents had a pimped out shed with electricity so we claimed it as our startup's headquarters. We spent a solid week sleeping, eating and working on our project in his shed. Just 2 Days before the pitch my laptop’s hard drive corrupt and we lost all of the work and progress we had made on our project. Unfortunately, this resulted in us not having enough of an impressive project for them to invest in. Obviously, the big lesson learned here is to back up your work thoroughly and regularly.

What advice would you give students graduating in 2018/19?

Gain as many different experiences with projects as you can, building up your experience and confidence as a designer is a very important asset for a career in design. Also experiment with different mediums and explore ideas that float around in your head this is a great way to challenge your creativity.

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What do you think the design community could do more of to give back?

I really like reading and hearing about designers working collaboratively on projects that raise awareness about real-world issues such as climate change, renewable energy and innovation. Therefore, using design as a tool to effectively communicate important issues around the world.

What is the art landscape like in your city and where do you fit in?

Well, this is an interesting question! I was born and grew up in a small northern seaside town called Morecambe, United Kingdom. Famously known for its family summer holidays, pavilions and amusements in the 1950’s & 1960’s. Growing up in a town with not much art, opportunity or even things to do.

I grew up skateboarding and taking photographs on my Dads old film camera. I think this is definitely where my creativity started. However today there seems to definitely be more of an art scene brewing. As most of my experience is as a digital designer I use online platforms to distribute my work. I am however fast approaching the end of my poster challenge and would love to do a solo exhibition in Morecambe.

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Design work by Josh Dring The Design Kids interviews Josh Dring work-4

Building up your experience and confidence as a designer is a very important asset for a career in design

Whats the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

I'm a sucker for quotes so I’ll share one of my favourites with you. “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ― Mark Twain

Any new passion projects/collabs you would like to share?

I am fast approaching the end of a project that has taken me a whole year. Designing a new poster every day for a whole year and documenting it online. Creating something every day that you are happy with has proved to be an emotional battle in itself. However, once completed I am keen to showcase some of my favourite posters in a solo exhibition to celebrate my efforts in this year-long project.

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Design work by Josh Dring The Design Kids interviews Josh Dring work-6

Where to find Josh Dring online.

Website: joshdring.com

Instagram: @josh.dring

Facebook: /studiojoshdring

Twitter: @joshhdring

Behance: /joshdring

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