When looking for agencies to contact for interview in our Design Enterprise module, I found Kerr Vernon (Glasgow based graphic designer) and was quite impressed by his work. Since our module doesn’t limit us by focusing on agencies strictly, I sent him an email asking for a chat and to our pleasant surprise, he said yes immediately.

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One of Kerr’s logo designs – “Born to Write” award logo for D&AD, combining sperm and fountain pen shape

 

We set off to Glasgow to meet him after lunch at coworking space called The Whisky bond. Bricky building with nice industrial interiors, refurbished with a touch of design attitude (we’re speaking exposed concrete, design lamps, rustical-but-clean elements here). The space was quite nice, with a little cafe in the basement (with exceptionally pleasant female barista there).

Open space part of The Whisky Bond

Open space part of The Whisky Bond

 

The interview with Kerr was extremely valuable – Kerr shared his history with us, initial experiences of working in different graphic studios back in the day, using old methods and literally gluing layouts on paper. He believes in something I do as well – if you do good work, there’s not too much need for marketing. What also inspired me was the notion of ability to work from anywhere. We recorded the interview to make us able to transcript it later on and prepare a presentable outcome of it.

Apart from meeting Kerr, we spotted an interesting agency Graphical House (we were having a lunch opposite to them – not hard to notice them with gold helvetica setting on their display) and decided to just try our luck with popping in there with Rich. We did exactly that, and were delighted by the openness of Nicola McGhee (studio manager). She gave us around 15 minutes of her time and answered our questions. Good time! Nice to saw a dog in the studio too 🙂

Graphical House studio, Glasgow

Graphical House studio, Glasgow

At the same district we discovered another studio/workshop/office space, called South Block (a project by Wasps Studios). We received a tour by a kind spanish receptionist, showing us different floors with various design agencies. This space felt much more lively (being in the centre), with more buzz going on. There was a nice cafe in the basement, making a connection point between the space and outside world.

Cafe & Reception & Meeting point at South Block studios

Cafe & Reception & Meeting point at South Block studios

Glasgow as a city left a good impression on me. I like it’s industrial nature, it’s a little reminiscent to Brno where I come from. Not being so serious as Edinburgh and actually mixing more culture together, I quite like it. And there’s even a subway! Nice city to be in for an internship.