In our latest sneak-peak into the magical land of Zappar HQ, we’re speaking to Lead Designer, Anna Broadhurst. Anna joined the Zappar team three years ago and has made her mark, using her Master’s degree in Graphic Design from the London Metropolitan University to work wonders on all kinds of AR projects – notably leading the design work of both the physical book and augmented reality content for the Adventure Suit.
How many years have you been working in tech?
Just over 3 years now, and enjoying every minute!
What’s the first thing you do when you get into the office?
Make a cup of coffee, read some emails, exciting stuff…
Tell us three things you do every day in your role:
Read some briefs that come in for new projects – sketch or illustrate concept designs for zaps – and review and make amends to current zaps being made by our fab team of scene assemblers/animators here in the studio.
Best thing about working at Zappar:
The people! They’re a great bunch.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received – and who gave you it?
“The important thing is that I believe in myself” told to me by The Lock Ness Monster (or more accurately a friend who sent me a post card) – a bit of self-confidence is important, especially when it comes to a design.
If you weren’t working in tech, where would we find you?
Probably trying to make it as a freelance illustrator, so in other words, working in a coffee shop.
How do you relax after a long day?
By reading a good book – well, trying to, but mostly just falling asleep holding one.
First gig you ever attended:
What (or who) inspires you?
Illustrators of all shapes and sizes, in particular, the work of French Illustrator, Julien Pacaud.
You get given one super human power – what would you pick?
Flying. No more commuting in London would be just lovely.
Piece of tech you couldn’t live without:
Google Maps – my sense of direction is awful.
Best AR innovation you’ve seen lately:
Google Cardboard is opening up some exciting possibilities in the world of VR/AR!
Number one smartphone app:
Headspace, best way to relax.
What do you think is the best technology innovation of the last 100 years?
Has to be the smart phone, where would we be without them?!