I started Message with a borrowed suit and a £1,500 bank loan in February of 1995. I'd just finished a stint as Tower Records' Creative Manager, writing and designing over £2m worth of advertising in one year with one staff member.
Prior to that I'd worked as a freelance graphic designer, churning out countless direct mail packs, thus helping with the burgeoning recycling industry. The Internet was not exactly mainstream, and the web was still being broken out of it's packaging in 1995. I couldn't wait.
So my background is graphics, but mostly I do a whole range of things that all add up to being the Director of a small-but-expanding web development agency; I get to know the businesses we work with, I come up with ideas, design systems, workshop user experiences, oversee wireframes, write proposals… And if I've been very good I sometimes get to do some graphic design!
Luckily, one of my strengths seems to be in hiring great people, so my weaknesses are made up for by the fantastic team that makes Message what it is.