We ask the tough questions
Would you describe yourself as a technophobe or technophile?
Technophile. As an entrepreneur and designer I can’t afford to ignore tech development. It’s technology that has afforded me the ability to work for myself.
What’s the biggest thing you’ve learnt this year?
Moving my home based business to a shared studio space has changed my perspective. I’ve now drawn a line in the sand where my work day ends and my personal life begins...well, almost.
What’s your number one stress relief tactic (keep it clean!)?
Yoga and remembering to breath.
What’s your favourite film, book and album?
Film: I love all of Pedro Almodóvar’s films. They are brimming with melodrama, passion, desire and issues of identity. I’m a creative, so his signature bold and glossy style captivates me.
Book: The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst (very geeky, I know).
Album: The Knife’s self-titled debut album.
What’s the most enjoyable element of your work? And the least enjoyable?
Most enjoyable: Meeting and listening to a client and their story. Through my relationships with my clients I’m constantly learning and growing. It’s why I continue to work for myself.
Least enjoyable: BAS statements.
What’s the cheapest, most effective bit of marketing you’ve ever done?
Blogging. It’s free and the results are easily measurable. You also get to communicate with like-minded people that you otherwise wouldn’t meet.
What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?
“Don’t start your own business!” On hearing the word “don’t” I was immediately compelled to go out on my own. There are times when I wonder whether I should have heeded that advice. However, having worked for myself full-time for the past four years I can’t imagine doing anything else.
What website do you visit every day?
It changes, usually the last website I’ve designed or my latest source of inspiration like www.lostateminor.com.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
Grimes’ latest album Vision. She’s a young Canadian artist who makes electronic music from her bedroom. I love living in a time when independent artists can get global exposure without relying on corporate backing.
What book are you reading?
Getting Things Done by David Allen. Ironically I’m struggling to finish reading it!
How would you describe yourself in three adjectives?
Friendly, creative, inquisitive.
Can you stop at just one chocolate biscuit/savoury snack?
Yesterday a friend returned from New York with a 50g packet of pretzel M&M’s. I ate the entire contents in eight minutes, so I guess that’s a resounding ‘no’.
And now comes the plug!
What do you do? Who for? And how does it benefit them?
Sean Walsh Graphic Design helps micro businesses create brands that connect and resonate with customers. The primary benefit of Sean’s micro-business branding service is you will earn trust and recognition from prospective clients.
And where can we find out more?
- Flying Solo Directory: seanwalshgraphicdesign.flyingsolo.com.au
- My website: www.seanwalsh.net.au
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/SeanWalshGraphicDesign
- Twitter: @swalshdesign
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