If you’re interested in digital, these guys are worth a solid look Springload, with offices in both Auckland and Wellington. We chat with Ben Wright, ben is based in Wellington and a grad of Massey University. Ben tells us about how he landed his job at Springload, why he is so good at ping pong and the great skills he learnt while working his way up to his current design gig!
When did you fall in love with design and how did you get started?
I got started with design when I was in the 3rd form at high school. A friend gave me copy of Photoshop CS2 to play with. I became obsessed with recreating effects in online photoshop tutorials and wanted to make the most aesthetically impressive work that I could. I really fell in love with design when I started studying at Massey University in Wellington. I began to focus less on designing things that just looked cool and focused more on designing things that aimed to actually help people.
Where do you gather inspiration, on and off the web?
Off the web I usually find inspiration in books and design magazines, or even from just working with mates. On the web some of my go-to resources are Designspiration, Dribbble, Behance, Httpster and even the Noun Project.
Tell us about where you are today and what you love about your job!
I’ve been working for Springload in their Wellington studio for almost two years now. There are three things I enjoy most:
1. We’re passionate about the work that we produce and we’ve got passionate clients who also want to do awesome work.
2. Everyone who works at Springload is super talented and it’s a pleasure to work with with them every day.
3. Springload has a great culture - the office feels like home, and the people feel like family. ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼
What has been your highlights since you started out?
My biggest highlight was being part of the original five person team behind the On The Fence project at Massey University, an interactive online tool that aimed to help youth voters be more informed around who they should vote for in New Zealand’s 2011 general election. In 2014 Massey approached Springload to redesign On The Fence to be responsive for the upcoming election and once again I found myself working on the team. The 2014 iteration pulled in 140,000 visitors with over two million page views. It’s exciting to know that first time voters were able to make informed votes because they used On The Fence!
Where did you study and what were some of your first jobs?
I studied graphic design at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand. While I was studying I worked part time as an operator in a call centre. It wasn’t a very fulfilling job but I learnt heaps about people and had lots of time to scribble and think in-between calls. My first proper design job was with Open Lab - the small design studio located in side the Massey Wellington campus. After a few months I got forwarded one of Springload’s tweets from someone. I replied to it and ended up joining the team!
What does a typical working day include for you right now?
A typical day for me includes ping pong, coffee, more coffee... oh, and working on multiple web projects with one of New Zealand’s biggest banks! ￼￼￼
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