Introducing… Neil Dawkins, our Studio Manager

How did you get into graphic design/web developing?

I was actually a Quantity Surveyor (10yrs straight from school), before deciding on a radical career change. I’d seen myself as more of a creative, so in 1986 I completed a Foundation course in my home town Sheffield, and the following year I was accepted on the esteemed Graphic Design course at Preston. Came out with an honours degree in ’91 and an offer of a job in ’92 from Simon Bailey (Forepoint founder).

What do you most enjoy about working at Forepoint?

Not having to wear a suit, not having far to travel, having a fast Mac, two screens, colleagues that are mostly a pleasure to work with, same colleagues sharing a sense of humour, daily challenges that can seem stressful at the time but give a sense of achievement/relief when they’re resolved.

What projects are you currently working on?

Well, as my role is primarily quality assurance (proof checking) and artworking (through to production)… nearly everyone’s project becomes my project!

What do you do when you’re not working?

Having a girl of 11 and a boy of 9, most of my “free” time involves taxiing them around various activities: swimming (training and competitions), synchronised swimming (training and competitions), climbing and running clubs, footy training, Cubs, Guides, camps, parties, friends’ houses… honestly they have a way better social life than me.

Other than that I swim regularly and run about 25 miles a week (for fitness not pleasure), and as a PNE Season ticket holder I manage to get to quite a few games, home and away.

Tell us a fascinating fact about yourself?

I’m older than I look.

What’s your favourite TV show?

Coronation Street – as the long running soap started the year I was born I was totally brought up on it.

There you go you know my age!

Do you have a favourite quote/saying?

The only advice my dad ever gave me was a couple of years ago – he phoned me at home while I was working my way through the ironing pile:

“…always do your shirts first. Because if you get fed up of doing the ironing, at least you’ll have ironed shirts.”

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