How to be a happy creative, with Greg McIndoe

This week's guest is the illustrator and design writer, Greg McIndoe, otherwise known as Headless Greg. Based in Glasgow, where he grew up, Greg graduated in 2020, during the height of the global pandemic, with a first-class degree in Illustration, no less, from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

Since then, he's picked up various awards and recognition – he was named One to Watch by D&AD and The AOI, and won a YCN Student Award too. From graduation, he's gone immediately into freelancing and has so far worked with the likes of Ancestry, The Make Bank, Tai Ping & Creative Dundee. He describes his design work as being all about abstraction and he loves nothing more than to play with shapes. Greg also writes for various creative publications and often broaches the subject of mental health, and offers tips and advice to emerging creatives.

Here we can't help but chat about the pandemic and how it's affected us all – but for Greg, there have been plenty of silver linings… for example, 2020 gave him the confidence to start his own business. We also discuss slowing down, distancing ourselves from social media and why it's ok to talk about the things we all suffer from. That we're all the same. We're human. No matter where we are in life – we go through the same things.

We also talk of overcoming rejection, finding our creative paths and why we don't have to worry about being stuck creatively as our careers have so much exciting stuff in store – if only we keep embracing opportunities and experimentation.

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