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Netki

March 2015

We chat with, Tractor Graduate Andy, one half of Netki Studio located in Richmond, VIC. Andy shares five key lessons he has learnt along the way, including our personal favourite, get enough sleep! What awesome client projects they have on the horizon, including TDK's new site, we can't wait!!! We also learn about his cool side project Made by Flint, that helps keep him creative!

Tell us about Netki and how you met…

James and I have known each other since pass the parcel days on my 9th birthday. We spent most of our time in front of a computer or tv playing games. This nerdy passion evolved when we were in early high school where we began trying to develop games. We both taught ourselves what we needed to know and anything we didn’t know we Googled. Starting out in our bedrooms using birthday money to buy programs and hardware, here we are 11 years later running Netki, a web development and graphic design studio, out of our own space in Richmond and are loving it!

What has been some of the biggest lessons you've learnt along the way?

There have been a lot of lessons we have learnt along the way, and most of them were learnt the hard way! Here are 5 I think were the biggest.

Tell us about any collaborations you have been doing: past, present or future?

We’re lucky enough to work with a number of great designers and studios.
We worked closely with Mike Dekker and Carla McRae on the new Odd Pears website which was a blast. It was a great opportunity to work with such a fun and exciting brand and a couple of incredible people.
We have a number of projects in the works with The Hungry Workshop, Design by Bird, Mike Dekker, Kitiya Palaskas, Frankie Ratford, Tobias Gutmann (Face-O-mat) to name a few!
We are also working on the new TDK website. Watch this space!

What advice would you give students starting out?

If I could only tell you one thing in this whole interview it would be to step out of your comfort zone, get out there and meet as many people in the industry as possible. I owe so much of my success to the people I have met. Building your relationships is important. You’ll get your name out there, get an understanding of the local scene and you might even get a referral to a sick design position in a swanky studio. TDK is an amazing resource that makes all this easy. Go along to your local #TDKtuesdays drinks and get amongst it! Hell, if nothing else you will have made some great friends!

Any personal projects you would like to share? past, present or future?

We all know it’s important to have side projects. I’ve been working on establishing a little brand called Made by Flint. We make geometric concrete pots and other cool things. We’ve been lucky enough to work with Hunting for George on a new product and we’ve also done a little job for Pillar of Salt café. It’s hard work but getting your hands dirty is a nice change from tapping away at a computer all day! Check out our insta @made_by_flint . We’ll be open for business soon!

Website: netki.com.au
Twitter: @netki_melb
Facebook: /Netki
Instagram: @netki_melbs/

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