A day in the life of a Designer

A day in the life of a Designer
  • Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work at a digital agency? Over the coming months we will take a look at all the different jobs here at Totally and hear from our staff exactly what it's like to live a day in the life of their job.

    Tell us a bit about yourself and your role at Totally?

    I’m Reiss, Head of Design. I previously attended Saxion University in the Netherlands where I studied Interactive Design and Visual Communications. Soon after getting my qualifications I moved back to the UK where I continued to gain experience within the industry. I started working at Totally around eight months ago as an interactive designer specialising in user experience and mobile design.

    What are you working on at the moment?

    I’m currently doing a lot of work (both design and development) on our internal design brand called ‘PenPot’. It focuses on the clients who are looking solely for design work from Totally. We offer: branding, user experience, information architecture, responsive designs, and interface design and more. 

    As well as this, the design team are currently working on a variety of projects for a number of  clients including landing page designs, to rebrands, to mobile sites and everything in between.

    What skills do you need to become a web designer?

    Becoming a web designer is a lot of hard work and can be very time consuming, so first and foremost the passion to achieve has got to be the number one priority, closely followed by a creative mind and the ability to solve problems. The skill to work within a team and communicate will always come in handy as will client-facing skills because it’s important you understand the wants and needs of each client. Finally I’d recommend you have at least a basic understanding of web development, specifically HTML and CSS.  

    What part of your job do you find most challenging?

    I think one of the biggest challenges I face would be keeping the balance between creating a visually pleasing piece of work and ensuring it’s complete with a memorable experience for the user. While doing all of this it’s essential that you keep the client’s requirements at the forefront of your mind.

    If a new person was to join the design team what advice would you give them?

    Besides the obvious, to be yourself and be open. I’d say as a designer being a sheep is never going to benefit you, you must always have an opinion on both your work, your colleagues’ and of course understand that you’re always going to receive constructive criticism, but don’t take this personally - after all nobody is perfect. This does however bring me onto my next point that confidence is key and you must believe in your work because if you don’t who will? Something I cannot stress enough is to do it your way, everyone has a different way of working and as long as the finishing product impresses there’s no right or wrong way of getting there.

    Quick-fire Questions:

    PC or Mac?


    Firefox or Chrome?


    Facebook or Twitter?


    Tea or Coffee?


    Creative or Techy?

    Creative (with a bit of tech)

    Android or Iphone?


    Spotify or Itunes?


    Google or Yahoo?


    Nutella or Chicken?


    Gmail or Outlook?


    Most commonly used quote: "Because I'm a Designer..."

    Finally can you tell us a few things you look forward to when coming to work?

    I love that Totally consists of a completely flat structure, you never feel like you’re being looked down on, and there’s always opportunity to develop and improve your talent which creates room to progress. On a slightly less formal note I look forward the days that our senior developer, Si, falls asleep so we can take pictures of him, photoshop them and send them to the rest of the company (in our lunch break of course). Also the out-of-office gatherings such as Bingo Thursdays, and Friday nights which usually end in Camden. I’m not sure if this will appeal to everyone but I love having a gym on the same complex as the office that we can use whenever we please. Last but certainly not least I can’t go without mentioning how awesome the ping pong table is and how I spend the whole week looking forward to Pizza Fridays.

    Like the sound of being part of the design team at Totally? We’ve actually got roles going, so apply now…

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