What do you do for a living?
By day I’m the Managing Creative Director of a branding and design agency based in Norwich, called Ark. I co-run this with two fellow Creative Directors, and we have a small team of eight people. Clients are completely varied across a number of sectors including retail, tourism and sport (naturally). By night I’m the co-founder of Glory Studio – a high-end football and travel brand, best known for its publications. For each issue we travel to a different destination and document their game and the fanaticism of their fans. It’s taken us to some incredible places, such as the Faroe Islands, Kosovo, Qatar and San Diego.
What does that mean day-to-day?
It means that I’m very busy, and that often my children ask, “what does Dad look like again?” Seriously though, I’m fortunate to be doing something I love, pretty much 24/7. The day job gives me variety, whilst Glory scratches the travel itch. I’ve wanted my own football magazine ever since I was seven (I used to get Match, Shoot and 90 Minutes delivered every week/fortnight), so it’s amazing to have fulfilled that early ambition.
What do you love about magazines?
We set up Glory as we were getting disillusioned with just how disposable journalism was becoming – we’re bombarded with thousands of stories online, yet they’re forgotten or outdated almost instantly. We wanted to create something tangible, something with longevity. And something collectible too – I love being able to hold a magazine, and the nostalgic feeling it gives me. Selfishly, it’s also a legacy piece for me – when I’m old and grey(er) it’s going to be great to pick up a Glory and remember some of the random situations it got me into.
Tell us one thing not many people know about you?
I’m a serial business-starter. Which isn’t necessarily a good thing, but it keeps life interesting. To date, I’ve started 2 design agencies (I sold the first), a gambling app, a music festival, a failed NFT business (crypto, hey?) and Glory. I’ve learnt a great deal from each, and I’ve got a million ideas for others. Much to the despair of my wife.