Meet the Team: Annie

Welcome to Meet the Team: Our blog series where we get chatting to each and every member of the GRIN team.

Meet our brand new designer  – Annie! Annie has just joined GRIN as a Junior Designer. We’ve been finding out more about her and what she loves about design!

1) What’s your name and what is your role here at GRIN?

Hi, I’m Annie and I am a junior designer at GRIN! 

2) What are you most looking forward to about being part of team GRIN? 

After meeting the team and being introduced to GRIN, I can’t wait to get stuck in and learn everything GRIN has to offer! I am eager to continue to develop my design skills and also venture down different paths I haven’t quite had the chance to touch on.

3) How did you end up working in the creative industry? 

I have had a creative flare since I was little so I knew that my future would always have a creative element to it. When I went to college and studied A Level Graphic Design I became certain that it was something I wanted to continue with in the future as part of my career! 

4) What do you like most about being a designer?

I love the power design has to influence others! I have always wanted to use my design skills as a ‘superpower’ to raise awareness for matters I’m passionate about and help to educate others through visual language.

5) What has been your favourite project you’ve worked on to date?

My favourite project so far has to be my editorial piece, Women of the Hour. The editorial is designed around my dissertation that I wrote in my third year of University. Women of the Hour is a visual written publication that raises awareness and provides a platform for women in the design industry, that are often overlooked or not supported as much as their male counterparts. I loved creating a physical piece of design that encapsulates everything I stand for as a designer.


6) Tell us about something that inspires you?  

Illustration! I have always loved drawing, painting and sketching, so illustration is close to my heart. I love the expression and imagination that goes hand in hand with drawing and how you can bring ideas to life. 

7) Is there an artist or designer you admire? And why?

There are many different designers and artists I take inspiration from, I think having access to so many different creatives through social media gives me a great insight into the wonderful ways people interpret design and art! But if I had to choose just one creative, it would have to be the legend that is Corita Kent – she was revolutionary and her work reflects just how amazing she was as a person. 

8) What are you interested in outside of work/design?

I love to travel, meet new people and I’m always down for trying different foods! My favourite place in the world has to be Barcelona, the art, the culture, the food and the people are just a dream! 

9) What is your favourite thing about Birmingham?

My favourite thing about Birmingham is how underrated we are as a city – Birmingham tends to get a bad rep but it’s one of the most creative, friendly and bubbly cities in the UK. I love how unique and diverse we are as Brummies! 


10) Plan B? If you weren’t working in the creative industry, what would you be doing and why?

I would definitely be travelling the world. I have always been fascinated with visiting new countries and meeting different people. If I were to do anything else as a career, I would travel the world teaching, educating and working for charities.