How long have you been working at James and James, and what do you do here?
I joined in December 2020 and I am responsible for making sure everything we do at James and James from a marketing perspective is on-brand across all platforms, digital and print.
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What were you doing prior to James and James?
I used to work for Joules as a web designer in charge of a consistent brand feel across all things digital.
Did you go to uni? If yes, which one and what did you study?
I went to Loughborough and studied Design with Materials Engineering, which seems like a waste of money now as I don't even use the degree...
Where were you born and raised?
West Philadelphia, on the playgrounds is where I spent most of my days.
Do you have a background in fulfilment?
You don't choose the fulfilment game, the fulfilment game chooses you. I spent most of my formative years living with the box trolls at a warehouse in Cheesebridge, packing and shipping orders, whilst also avoiding the snatchers.
What motivates you to wake up and go to work every day?
I like the idea that I can bring a little bit of joy to even the most mundane of experiences through design. Also, I've got two kids to feed. In hindsight, I should have stopped at one.
What does a typical day look like (if there is such a thing)?
I pull open my laptop with exaggerated arm movements and check my emails, anything urgent is dealt with and unimportant things get filed in the B1N folder. A team catchup and then it's heads down design work for a good chunk of the day, interspersed with comedic excellence provided by the rest of the marketing team in our chat. Around 4.50pm it's the obligatory "What are we having for dinner tonight?" team chat and then it's off to count all the money I have earned.
How would you describe your team?
Fun, quirky and a little bit odd.
What key successes or achievements have you played a role in whilst working at James and James?
I've helped launch the first quarterly marketing themed campaign and have been adding a flair of CSS to the case studies re-launch for the website.
How would you summarise James and James to eCommerce businesses?
An army of extra hands to help with peaks in demand and allow business owners to spend more time actively building their business rather than shipping.
What sets us apart?
Our technology coupled with a mindset to always challenge ourselves.
What's been a passion project of yours so far?
Case studies. You might call a passion project, it certainly has taken a bit of work to get it right - some days I didn't leave Wordpress and the UI still haunts me a little.
What's your funniest memory since joining the team?
What's the biggest change and/or challenge you've experienced since working here?
The sheer volume of work that needs to be completed.
How would you describe life at James and James in three words?
Fun, Challenging, Pun-filled.
If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
What advice would you give to our new starters?
Don't put on a fake accent on your first day unless you intend to be able to keep it up for the rest of your life at James and James.
If you could open an online store, what would you sell and why?
I like the idea of selling board games but only using fake knock off versions I have come up with myself, like "Guess Whom?" or "Clue-don't" or "Mouse trap-eze, setting the mouse up for a life in the circus so they can never be caught". Obviously the name of the store would be "Bored Games".
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Galapagos Islands so I could pretend to be David Attenborough, failing that South Africa as my accent is pretty good for it.
Do you have a hidden talent?
Only if you consider a ridiculous memory for Harry Potter facts to be a talent...
What's your favourite quote?
“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.” - Zen Shin
What are you most proud of, outside of work?
Teaching myself to code.
Craziest thing you've ever done?
Gorge running in Wales.
What do you get up to when you're not working?
More designing, coding, and writing. A little run here and there.