If you've been growing a design studio, have the ambition to do so or are in the midst of downsizing one – out of choice or not, then my next episode with Loz Ives will help.
He's a Manchester-based graphic designer, typographer and illustrator who is one of the co-founders of Fieldwork – a digital and branding agency which he runs with his friend Andy Gott. Their studio began eight years ago and grew to have lots of staff at one point. But a few things happened, and Loz and Andy have decided to go back to just being two again. It's something I resonate with, as I've had a similar experience.
Alongside his commercial work, Loz produces posters and other printed things. He’s also behind Idle Letters, offering workshops to other creatives who want to learn how to draw type. And he's a "studio buddy" of These Friends of Mine, a new shared workspace in Manchester.
Before the UK Prime Minister told us to stay home to protect the NHS and save lives, I met Loz at Cultureplex in Manchester to find out more about his journey, the highs and lows of growing a design agency, and why staying small is more appealing.