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by Nathan Swinson-Bullough

Picture of Becca, Head of Design at Imageo

For our third Meet the Team post, we’d like to introduce you to our Senior Creative Designer, Becca. 

Tell us a little bit about you? 

I’m 28 years old and I have been working at Imageco for almost 5 years. I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a masters degree in Graphic Design in 2013 and started working at Imageco straight away. 

When I first joined the Imageco team in 2014, there wasn’t a design department. I had to make a role for myself and prove to the company that they needed an in-house designer. I’m pleased to say that, 5 years later, I hold the position of Senior Creative Designer! We are continually developing our creative services and expanding the studio. 

Outside of work, you can find me visiting art exhibitions, collecting records, and decorating my house with plants. 

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now? 

Working in such a fast-paced studio environment means that I don’t know what jobs I’ll be working on day to day, or sometimes even hour to hour. 

One day I can be designing a bespoke wallpaper, then a job will land on my desk which requires an exhibition stand or a bizarre prop for an event. This means that I’m being constantly challenged to come up with fresh and innovative ideas. 

At the moment, I’ve been working with some cool OLED panels for an exhibition in New York. The panels are thin and flexible films of materials that emit light. 

What’s the best thing about being at work? 

I love working with a tight-knit studio team. We always share the workload and go out of our way to help each other. It’s so important to get on with the people you work with and to know that if you’re having a stressful day that your team has got your back! We also turn the studio in to a garish grotto at Christmas.. 

I also love seeing my ideas come to life. Watching my concepts turn into large format prints still amazes me. I’ll never stop being passionate about design. 

Give us one big change you can see coming in the industry in the next year. 

After visiting 100% Design Show a few months ago, I found that there is a huge emphasis on lighting within the design industry at the moment. Wallcoverings have transformed into unique lighting installations, fusing the print and lighting world together. For example the first illuminated wallpaper has been pioneered using electroluminescent neon wires sewn into wallpaper prints which shows that print is still evolving, despite us living in a digital age. 

Describe your job in 3 words. 

Stressful, creative, weird. 

Who would you like to swap places with for the day? 

My dog. She seems to have a pretty relaxed lifestyle. 

What did you want to grow up to be when you were young? 

Ironically, I wanted to be an artist, so I guess I did ok. However, at the time I did presume being an artist involved creating Art Attacks… 

What’s your go-to drink at the pub? 

Any craft ale, especially if it comes from Cloudwater Brew Co in Manchester. Maybe one day I can brew my own beer and design some cool packaging! 

If you could go anywhere in the world, right now, where would it be and why? 

I’d go back to New York! I went a few years ago and ticked off all of the tourist-y stuff from my bucket list, but I’d like to go again and explore more places like Williamsburg in Brooklyn. 

Give us your best piece of advice. 

Get a back support for your chair, seriously. Oh, and always be polite.