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Meet the team that brings us Alive – Andy

Meet Andy, our ambitious designer with a love of print media and animation, who says he gets his creativity from his mum. And if you want to know what the best shows to catch on Netflix are right now, Andy’s your man! Find out more about him here.

How did you first get into design?

I’ve always been creative. I think I get it from my Mum, she’s very crafty and makes loads of amazing cakes. When I was at sixth form college, I knew I wanted to have a career doing something in design – but didn’t know what! I enjoyed interior design and was also interested in architecture, but finally decided to go down the graphic design route.

How did you end up at Alive?

Rather than go to university, which didn’t appeal to me, I looked at the apprenticeship.gov.uk website and Alive with Ideas popped up. A couple of my friends had successfully done apprenticeships, so I knew it could be a good way in.

When I first saw the Alive website, I thought it was very interesting and pretty wild and I genuinely didn’t know what to expect. After meeting Alive’s founders, Alan and Alex, I had a really good feeling and went on to do a 2-year apprenticeship. That was 3 years ago now and I have no plans to leave any time soon!

What’s it like working at Alive?

I’m sure there aren’t many people who can say they genuinely love the place they work, but I can! I want to stay here as long as possible and to keep climbing the ladder. I’m a designer at the moment, but plan to keep progressing and adding to my skills.

It’s a great place to work, with a good atmosphere that’s pretty chilled.

There are around 14 people working here and it feels like a little family. There is always a deadline that needs meeting and that can be stressful, but it’s still fun. We work together and collaboration is a big thing.

What do you most enjoy about your job?

At Alive it’s brilliant, as we’re encouraged to be super creative. In a pitch situation, we’ll have a safe option, a middle ground idea that pushes the boundaries and one that’s completely different and opens things up in new directions. You can really go for it.

But what I most enjoy is the variety of stuff I get to work on. I’ve got into animation quite a lot during the last year, which I’d like to do more of and have also been working on gifs and other bits and pieces for Alive’s new website.

Favourite projects you’ve worked on?

We’ve created an internal magazine for one of our clients and I really enjoy pulling together the spreads and layouts. It’s great being given the content and then bringing it to life. We’re on the 9thedition now and the feedback is always really good.

Another project that stands out for me is a brochure we did around recruitment for an NHS trust. There’s something special about print media and seeing the full design process through to then holding the finished product in your hand.

Where are we most likely to find you outside of work?

I’m very close to my family, so usually I’ll be with them or hanging out with friends. I’m a big fan of the Xbox and also love Netflix. I’ve just finished American Horror Story and of course Stranger Things is a classic, then for something a bit lighter I’ll go for some Brooklyn 99.

Finally, something we’d never guess about you?

I recently got into board games! Cam, here at Alive, was first to get me into them and we’ve had a few work games nights, which were brilliant! Now I’ve started my own collection, and it’s something I do with friends once a week.

(It’s amazing, you don’t realise how much of a nerd you are until you start telling people about yourself, ha!)

“The guys at Alive understand the complexities of our business which means we don’t need to explain the detail of every project or design piece – they’re already on it, which keeps things moving and delivers the results we need.”

Emily Stoten — Head of Marketing, Selecta

“I feel like they own and care for the project as much as we do! I would not use anyone else for my creative work and think Alive is ahead of the game.”

Jo Hobbs — Communications Manager

“Thanks for all your help. We are delighted with the campaign, both in terms of the creativity and messaging but also the thought taken over the rollout of the materials. All looks absolutely fabulous!”

Sarah Crowdy — Campaign and Media Officer Communications, South East Water

“We went to ‘Alive’ for ideas on how to run a specific employee program in Europe. Alan and his team were brilliant in coming up with fresh, creative and practical approaches. The team took charge and executed brilliantly. We are pleased with the progress made so far and hope to have the same level of partnership and commitment going forward.”

Sobha Varghese — Tata Consultancy Services

“So glad that we chose Alive to create our new website. As well as taking the time to get the visual side of our requirement right, they worked with us to understand us, our business and our clients and reflect this across the site. We loved their flexible approach, which, coupled with the right level of challenge has replaced our old, clunky site with one we can be proud of. ”

Victoria Ford — Perago

“Alive were there to help when we were working every hour to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. They gave us the creativity, ideas and support we needed to deliver campaigns which empowered our residents in the most difficult time most of us have ever seen, personally and professionally. The team understood what we needed, worked closely with us and delivered fast without any compromise on quality. Working with Alive has been a joy in the darkest of times and I have no doubt will have helped to save lives. Thanks team x”

Julie Odams, Assistant Director of Communications & Customers — Derbyshire County Council

“Alive with Ideas was able to help transform the visual layout for our RSVP invite into an crisp, vibrant, and eye-catching design. Each time I work with the team, I am always stunned at the effort and creativity that goes into each detail and am always eager for the end result. The team is extremely accommodating and always provide a fresh approach to our projects that elevates our communications materials!”

Alana Khaytin, Communications Specialist — Braskem America

“If you are looking to improve creativity and build teamwork, I highly recommend a session like this for your team. No matter where you are in your creativity journey, a workshop like this can give your team a boost of energy and ideas to invigorate their creative thinking.”

Amy Lilja, IC Manager — Hennepin Healthcare

“This looks amazing - brought a smile to my face scrolling through it :-)”

Jack Ford, Head of Marketing — streamGO

“Love it. I will pass to the boss, but I think it's awesome.”

Matt Fletcher — Met Police

“We worked with the team at Alive to create our staff recognition video.
At a time like this, its never been more important to share the amazing work that our staff have done and continue to do on a daily basis under very difficult circumstances. We wanted to shout about this and recognise that when the time came, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue stepped up to the plate. We didn’t want an ordinary thank you post on social media or a basic email sent out internally, we wanted something special. Enter Alive. ”

Emma Wright — South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

“The (Alive) team were able to creatively pull together and document (in just over 2minutes) everything our service has achieved over the last few months, from thousands of prescriptions deliveries to hundreds of phone calls made to the vulnerable. The final product was so powerful and reflective of what our service has and continues to achieve. It couldn’t have been better received within the service – thanks Alive for once again helping us to communicate our vision!’”

Emma Wright — South Yorkshire & Rescue

“Boom!
Thank you so much. Incredible work done at incredible speed by incredible people.
Outstanding work as ever and what a turnaround. As for the concepts – wow. These are that good it would be an insult to describe them as just good. It’s a joke, quite frankly. This is exactly the Alive effect I was after. Right now I feel like I am living in an Alive With Ideas wonderland. Thank you!”

Jack Grasby, Campaigns Manager — SYFR

“Our company is fun, we have great brands, but most importantly we’re all about our people – and I wanted an agency who would understand that and help us bring it to life through our website and other comms. Straight away I felt that Alive ‘got’ us and provided the creative inspiration exactly where we needed it, as well as the technical expertise to deliver a well-functioning website.”

Keren McCarron, Head of Corporate Affairs & Communications — KP Snacks

“Alive were professional, friendly and great to work with. Most importantly they were creative, helping us to bring an extremely important safety campaign to life.”

Jack Grasby — South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

“Alive helped us create a video of our response to the floods of winter 2019. Our Chief Officer received messages from all round the country praising us for it and was really pleased with both the video and the response to it.”

Alexander Mills, Communications Manager — South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

“I have worked with Alive with Ideas for many years now and they are by far the best Ideas and design company I have ever worked with (I’d even go as far as to say the best company of any sort that I’ve ever worked with). They are an incredibly talented and creative team, who are normal human beings, completely grounded, totally down to earth, approachable, friendly and an overall joy to work with.”

Steph Tranter, Hybrid Exec Coach & Psychologist — StephTranter.com

“Alive are unique in how much they deeply listen and invest in you and your ideas. I have not come across a company that listens as much as they do to ensure your needs are understood and met (actually - they always exceed my needs and expectations). Everyone I recommend Alive to has an equally brilliant experience. When you work with Alive, you are not only getting some genius creativity brought into your life, you are also hanging out with some of the best examples of human beings I’ve ever known.”

Steph Tranter, Hybrid Exec Coach & Psychologist — StephTranter.com

“What I really appreciate about Alive is that they work with us as partners, and care as much about getting it right for our patients as we do.”

Sara Langston, Patient Engagement & Marketing Manager — italk

“We got 'Alive' involved to help us shift mindsets across our organisation and they delivered! Using simple, clear and creative ideas the team have delivered us a campaign which has seen a dramatic increase in idea sharing and development. They’ve also played a significant role in creating a culture of shared success. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with again, in fact, we already are!”

Gavin Buckle — B&Q