On The Spot: Dan Prosser, Production Director, Design & Artworker
Firstly, why did you choose to take the Designer/Production position at Five Talents Creative?
I worked freelance for Ade for a few months when he first started out. When a position opened up, as the younger brother, it made sense and worked out well for me to become permanent.
Describe a typical day for you.
It usually starts with two pints of milk while I check my planner and emails for what the days tasks are. I mainly work on the CDC groups email campaigns and they often come in thick and fast and need a fair bit of concentration and turning around quickly. There’s always a few other jobs on the go too that I can slot in when waiting for amends/sign-offs.
What is the one thing you are most proud of?
I’m pleased that I have a good working relationship with the folks at CDC, Laura, Kelly, Jake to name a few. I’m glad they know that they can send me a job knowing that it’ll be done efficiently.
If you could go back and speak to your younger self when starting your career what would you say?
You have a strong work ethic, your skills will develop over time, you are capable of doing whatever you want.
What advice would you give to people wishing to pursue a career in the creative industry?
I think it’ll help to know that the job isn’t all “blue-sky thinking” and creative branding. You’ll often be called to do some serious grafting, there will also be projects like pricing tables to set up and newsletters to create, all with deadlines to meet too. So, as well as being creative, you’ll need to have good organisational skills, be able to work to deadlines and have a keen eye for detail.
What inspires you?
Creatively everything can… history, science, the natural world, architecture, sci-fi, photography, psychology, the list is endless! On a design/mechanics level I want to see it all and know why it works.
What do you like doing for fun?
I enjoy spending time with my friends, eating out and all the other obvious stuff – who wouldn’t?
I spend a lot of time with my younger brother where we eat pizza and compete against each other on multiple games across a variety of media.