Welcome to the sixth in our series of team interviews. Each month, we’ll be asking a member of our team to tell us more about them and their involvement with rradar. This month, it’s time to hear about Graphic Designer Patrick Crosby.
How and when did you first become involved with rradar?
I started working for rradar in January 2016. I answered a job advertisement for a Graduate position and after an interview and a work trial, my talents for design were recognised.
Who/what was the biggest influence on your decision to work at rradar?
I had recently graduated with degree in Multi-disciplinary design and I was working full time for local government. I decided I wanted to put my degree to good use and pursue a new career in design. When I saw a job opportunity at rradar, I decided to apply, as the company looked like an interesting and exciting place to work.
What was your first impression of the company?
Everybody was very welcoming and happy to help. It is nice to join a company which is still growing and has a promising future.
What have you found to be the most surprising/challenging aspect of working for rradar?
I have come to rradar and started a completely new career path. It has been challenging in places due to the fast-paced, ever-changing environment, but it has been ultimately an enjoyable experience so far. I have received plenty of support and encouragement from the team which has been really helpful.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about working for rradar?
I would tell them to do it. I think that it is a great time to join rradar as the company is growing rapidly and there are plenty of opportunities available.
How do you see rradar developing over the next five years?
I think the future’s bright for rradar. We are currently making waves in the legal world and I can see the company making a similar impression in other areas of business.
If you weren’t working for rradar, what would you be doing instead?
I would still be working in local government. Where my design skills would be wasted!
How would someone describe you?
I think someone would describe me as a friendly and laid back person with a tendency to be a bit of a know-it-all!
Surprise us with a little-known fact about you and your profession
For the most part, my cooking skills are mediocre at best. However, I cook an exceptional Spaghetti Bolognese as testified by family and friends.
Good design is as little design as possible. Simplifying a design means that the core aspects are used with the greatest efficiency.
What inspires you that you think other people should know?
I’m inspired by the quote: “The day you stop learning is the day you die”. I am always curious and eager to learn new skills and knowledge and believe everyone should be the same.
What do you do when you aren’t working?
I enjoy photography – I like to go out into the countryside and capture the landscape and the wildlife. I also love visiting new and interesting places. I’ve recently been to Iceland which was very exciting and full of amazing scenery. I managed to take some great photos.
You’re on a desert island and you can take one album, one book and one film with you. What do you take?
The album is a tricky one, as I like a wide range of music. But I think I’d take Frank Turner’s – England Keep My Bones. I like a song that tells a story and Frank Turner’s music is all about story telling.
As for the book, I would take Dracula. I started but never finished it but what I had read I liked.
My film is a choice between Inception or The Dark Knight. They are both great films by Christopher Nolan, but I think I would go for The Dark Knight as you can’t beat a bit of Batman and Heath Ledger’s Joker character is fantastic.