Introducing the designers behind the UK’s leading office design company.
We may be the UK’s leading office design company, but we’re also 170 people across design, graphics, contracts, project management, marketing and business development. Our Meet the Designers series brings you a snapshot of the working minds of six of our creatives.
Our Creative Director, Nic Pryke, sat down with Design Director David Bishop, to get to know more about how he works. Here are some of his answers:
Dave has a consultancy background with diverse architectural experience across commercial, residential, newbuild, leisure and hospitality. He’s found that the coworking explosion has blurred the boundaries between work and play, a melding of worlds amplified by the rise of technology.
“Technology is key to the future of coworking. Coliving will also have an impact, however it’s really all about offering new and innovative ways to communicate,” he muses.
“It’s about the ability to do what you want when you want, in a collaborative manner. Add in serendipitous moments, and you’ll keep things interesting and diverse.”
Q: At what moment did you know you wanted to be a designer?
A: “Post appendix removal when I was 7 years old. I was drawing cartoons in hospital.”
Q: What is your personal definition of design?
A: “Diversity is fundamental. I like to work on different types of projects. Whether it’s more architectural and complex, or a simple piece of furniture. The importance of detail is paramount in design, but I’m also interested in how we experience things, use objects and interpret spaces. Every project should be different because each brief is unique. Change is good – it’s ok not to be comfortable. Change can be positive in the design process because something new can come out of it.”
Q: What creative advice do you live by?
A: “Challenge the brief. You have to challenge it or you wouldn’t be doing your job.”
Q: What is something that no one would guess about you?
A: “I still enjoy skateboarding. Signature trick – a simple ollie blunt on a mini ramp.”
Q: Describe your creative process.
A: “I start with a pencil and paper… it’s ergonomic, there’s something more natural about it than designing on a computer or device. That being said, I do like new technology. And it’s an exciting time to be a designer because of the smart technologies that are available to use. I have a logical approach to design, but that isn’t to say that you can’t create something dynamic.”
Q: Tell us about what is on your desk.
A: “Kvadrat fabric samples, large writable tablet / screen, weathered water bottle, tracing paper, pen, sunglasses, a green pebble from Diespeker. Under my desk is a new front wheel for my bike.”