Dan Silverstone started out as a graphic designer at a "safe" council job before he found the courage to leave and join GRIN in Birmingham.
It was there that he developed his creative skills, becoming a senior designer and later, art director for the creative studio whose clients include HSBC and Knight Frank. Today, with 10 years' experience behind him, Dan specialises in motion and loves to indulge in lots of side projects under the pseudonym, Pica.
In this episode, we chat about growing up in Birmingham, switching careers to do more of what he loves, and his passion for video games and cyberpunk – things that hugely inspire his work. In fact, we mostly talk gaming, so if you're aware of "gamer's thumb" and grew up in the 1980s, like us, this hour-long dive into Dan's world is especially for you.
For a bit of background, I've known Dan for almost a decade but we've never met in person. We're early Twitter-adopters and became friends via tweets and DMs. As I'd not sorted any new interviews since early March, pre-Coronavirus, I felt Dan was the ideal candidate to help complete season one. And a gentle reintroduction to podcasting after struggling to find the time or energy to record anything fresh lately. Please forgive the insane laughter, I think I've forgotten how to socialise.