As part of our ongoing spotlight series, we’re profiling colleagues who inspire us.

From translating client ideas into captivating visuals, to infusing projects with both form and function, our design mavericks are instrumental in crafting experiences that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but highly functional.

What does a typical day look like for you?

As Design Director, my day is balanced between team and project management. Each day I check in with our team of designers, discussing ongoing projects and addressing any challenges they have. It’s a really collaborative and creative team, which is great for bouncing ideas around.

I spend a lot of time doing internal reviews, providing feedback and ensuring that the work aligns with our client’s expectations.

The rest of my day can be a mix of strategic thinking, client meeting and hands-on involvement in the design process. Then I wrap up the day reviewing the day’s progress, and responding to any remaining emails.

How did you get into design?

I’ve always been into art since I was a kid –  drawing, painting, making things –  but was equally interested in science.  I studied computer science at Uni so it was a case of finding a way to combine the two.

In the early stages of my career, I worked as a front-end developer but over time I left the coding side of things to specialise more in visual design. Although having experience in both has really helped me become a better UX. UI designer and have a better understanding of the tech limitations and opportunities.

What’s the best thing about working with Athlon?

With Athlon being a remote-first studio, it has afforded me a great work-life balance – something that’s really important to me with a young family. Despite not working in a studio, the Athlon team is really close and the door is always open – so to speak. 

I also like having the opportunity to work on projects across a diverse range of industries. This exposure has definitely broadened my skill set. It’s fascinating to see how design trends infiltrate different sectors.

The bravest thing I done?

I guess deciding to move away from coding and specialising more in design or stepping outside my comfort zone to evolve from a Senior designer to a Design Director role.

“I find inspiration in nature, the craftsmanship of architecture and film. I’m also inspired by contemporary design trends, user experiences, and emerging technologies which bring fresh perspectives and innovative concepts.” 

— Scott Chown, Design Director

Career highlight so far?

I’m not one to dwell on past wins; I prefer looking ahead to the next challenge. I’ve been fortunate to play a part in various exciting projects over the years, ranging from small to large scale, across both big brands and small startups. However, the real high points for me are those times when I get to collaborate with genuinely talented individuals on projects with a vision for positive social and environmental change.

What do you geek out on?

Films and Coffee

What do you get up to when you’re not plugged in?

You’ll mostly find me spending time with my family. I’m a keen cook so you’ll often find me in the kitchen, usually with a glass or two of red wine. I’ve started doing yoga which I’m enjoying, it’s nice to get away from the screen for a while!

What would your superpower be?

Making an emergency school craft project in 10 mins over breakfast before the morning school run. Every parent’s dream!

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Kate Cargill

Consultant, Brand Experience

With 15 years of B2C brand and product experience and a MSc in Psychology, Kate helps companies predict, influence and navigate consumer behaviour.

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