Tommy Roberts - Freelance
Scamp Studio managed to catch five minutes of Tommy’s time to discuss all things creative, here’s what he had to say for himself…
So Tommy, first things first. For those who may not have heard of you. Where do you work, and what do you do on a day to day basis?
Hey! So, I’m a freelance product designer based out of London but working on projects all over the place. You’ll find me, well, product designing! I figure out what it is my clients need, and then I provide solutions, utilising a bunch of different skill sets such as user research and interviews, journey mapping, wireframing, visual design, and a bunch of other stuff.
Sound’s pretty cool! As you a designer, you have a multitude of different tools at your disposal. What tools do you opt for to do your role? And why?
So, as a freelancer, sometimes the tools have already been chosen for me, and sometimes it’s up to me to choose the tool (often something that will be used again by another designer). I always make sure to evaluate the best tool for the specific job. Some that I use a lot are Figma, Sketch, Axure, Balsamiq, Invision, Principle, Trello, Notion and most importantly, pen and paper.
If someone wanted to get a role at your company, what advice would you give them so they can make an impact? And stand out from the crowd...
Well, I’m a freelancer, but if you also want to freelance, I would say make sure you know what you’re doing, and stick to your guns. What I mean is, when you’re freelancing you’re going to deal with a lot of different clients, this can be really exciting, but it can also be difficult to juggle so many different needs. I’ve found that I make the most impact when I stick to my design process, and know it like the back of my hand, so I can help the client understand what it is that I’m doing and why. When that relationship is good, things tend to go much more smoothly, and a clearer mind means you have time to make sure your work can really shine.
Are there any books/ebooks/podcasts would you recommend for some quality bedtime reading or listening?
My favourite book would have to be Golden Krishna’s ‘The Best Interface Is No Interface’, I’d highly recommend this book to any product designers out there. My favourite interviews are High Resolution’s on youtube, outside of that any TED talks on design, and anything John Maeda has to say.
I’ve given you £3,000 to start you up as a junior designer. What’s your budget going on and why?
I might not be the best person to ask this, because I don’t think I spent a penny on anything until I was supporting myself full time as a freelancer. I think I’d say to buy yourself some time with it, spend it on not worrying about learning full time for as long as you can stretch it out. Maybe go to a conference or two? This is assuming you have a laptop with a nice screen, if you don’t have one of those, spend some on that!