I stepped into the world of graphic design as a naive 19 year old loading printers and lifting boxes before gravitating towards a junior role. Since then I have held almost all roles available including senior, freelancer and founder but none of them ignited the passion I had for positive change. It was during my time as a mid–weight that I decided to work towards creating alternative projects that put people first. Motivated by cultural movements and a passion for better I launched a lifestyle magazine focused on independent creators but soon realised that this market was controlled by fame hungry crowd pleasers. I then stepped into the world of community building whilst holding a full–time senior role. The opportunity to unite people, challenge tradition and elevate voices was the catalyst I craved. During the following five years I opened, closed and re–opened countless operations and freelanced myself out to balance the books. It was during the Covid pandemic that everything changed. During this period I reflected on my two decade career in design and what I saw was not pretty. I had a collection of impressive brands in my catalogue but a portfolio of below par work that would ultimately define my career so I decided to burn the past and dive foot first in to creating a legacy. I decided to return to my passion for community but by combining that with a mission to make design equal and accessible. The result was a platform that focused on real world learning that was designed to empower the creators of tomorrow and I now lead a business that does just that. Find out more at www.rightalignedevents.co.uk.
FounderRight Aligned Academy
Coventry, United KingdomFull Time
Designed to demystify design by sharing the story of people working in creative industries, our programme consists of empowering conversations, educational workshops and panel debates that address the issues people face. We focus on giving everyone the opportunity to be heard including juniors, freelancers and founders because we aim to elevate all voices and develop a positive space that works towards making design equal and accessible.