10 Questions For Lucy: BIDBI's New Designer

  • Arnika Bhupal
  • 2nd November 2018

I was finally able to pin Lucy down and ask her some questions about her first couple of months here at BIDBI. She's been extremely busy getting up to speed with the job, covering Sam, our design manager, and just generally getting on with the day to day tasks that come with being a Designer/artworker at a busy textile printers! 

First off, tell our readers a little bit about yourself

I’ve always been passionate about design, choosing to study it at GCSE and A Level before completing a combined Master’s in Design at Sheffield Hallam University. It was Uni that brought me to Sheffield and I decided to stay here after completing my degree because I think it’s a wonderful diverse city, it has some lovely little pubs and coffee shops and it has a great art and design scene.  I also love that it’s so close to the Peak District where I can go walking, climbing and kayaking with my Husband, which I like to do when I’m not at work. If you asked me to choose, I’d pick Coffee over Tea, Cats over Dogs (though, I’d like one of each) and Red Wine over anything else!

So Lucy, tell us how your first month has been?

I had a busy but enjoyable first month at BIDBI, there was lots to learn but I think I’ve picked it all up pretty well. I come from a marketing design background so I’d say this role is a bit different to what I am used to but that’s part of what appealed to me in the first place.

In my second month I had to cover for Sam whilst he was on holiday, there was a lot to do but I love a challenge and everyone at BIDBI is so helpful I was never scared to ask for help and advice from the rest of the team.  

Was there anything else that appealed to you about BIDBI?

The company’s Ethical Commitment played a part in why I wanted to work here. I’m proud to work for a company that is committed to ensuring the people we work with are treated fairly as well as offering environmentally friendly solutions. I think a lot of people are becoming more aware of their impact on the environment and I like being a part of a company that offers solutions to help people with this.

What have you been doing in your first month?

I’ve been learning the ropes, seeing the process of an order through from quotation to production. I’ve spent time with the girls in Sales to learn about how they process orders onto the system and how that comes to the Design department for us to prepare the artwork and how we send it on to Production who then print the bags. I think it’s great to see the whole process so you can get a better understanding of how the different departments need to work together. I also got to spend some time with Marketing and of course go through the all-important “bag-training” where I got to learn more about the bags we offer.

Which was your favourite department to be in – aside from Design?

Each department has its thrills and challenges and I enjoyed spending time in all of them. If I wasn’t part of the design department though I’d want to be in production, screen printing reminds me of a class I took at Uni and who doesn’t like to be reminded of their Uni days?

What is your role?

I’ve been brought on board as a Designer, I work with Sam (the Design Manager) and Helen (the Design Intern) to create Visuals and Artwork Approval Forms for customers as well as preparing and sending Artwork to production for printing.

What excites you most about your role?

I love to see the Artwork that comes in, we have a great variety of customers from independent designers to big brands and I love getting to see so much art on a daily basis.

What is the most challenging thing about your role?

We’re a very busy department and it can be challenging to keep on top of things… it’s a good team though and we help each other out when we need it.

What do you look forward to in your role?

I’m looking forward to creating original artwork for customers from a client brief, it will be a great opportunity to work my design skills.

Thank you for your time Lucy!