Robert Lomas talks animation, finding his own path and surviving his first year of freelancing

Creative Boom Podcast Episode #26 - Robert Lomas talks animation, finding his own path and surviving his first year of freelancing

Known for producing bold and colourful work full of optimism, Robert Lomas is an independent designer working across animation, illustration and branding.

Based in Manchester, but originally from Blackpool, Robert has over 12 years' experience in the creative industries and has worked with everyone from startups through to large organisations such as Arts Council England, Barnardo's, The Rivers Trust, and The NHS.

Up until recently, he was the lead designer and animator at Design By Day – one of the hardest working design studios in Manchester – but in 2019 he decided to launch his own business and now works independently.

Aside from freelance work, Robert loves to indulge in side projects to flex his creative muscles and learn new skills. His epic 36 Days of Type last year forced him to create an animated letter of the alphabet every day for over a month. And in 2016, he created Purple, an exhibition that brought together 32 artists from across the globe to celebrate the one and only, Prince. Those involved included Stan Chow, Leona Beth, Studio Muti, Craig&Karl, Malcolm Garrett, Hey, Garbett Design, and Michael C Place.

If anyone knows Robert, they'll tell you he's one of the nicest designers in the industry. Passionate about supporting others, spreading positivity and giving back wherever possible, I was excited to chat about his career so far.

He popped round to my house, literally a week before lockdown began in the UK when we didn't yet know what was in store or had even heard of the term, social distancing. I'd just had some food shopping delivered (which he helped unpack), and he was winding me up about the toilet roll and food cans for our cupboard – disclaimer: we'd bought no more than usual! A fun and honest conversation, and full of reassuring wisdom to help all of us become better creatives.

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