Who are you?
Marcus Batey, designer, art director and degree level lecturer based in Nottingham.
What brought you to Nottingham?
University. I studied Graphic Design at Trent.
What keeps you in Nottingham?
The vibrancy of the city and its big ideas, despite its relatively small size. Currently I lecture back at Trent on my old course and fortunately there is an ever growing creative scene.
What makes you different to other creative people in Nottingham?
I’ve had a pretty varied education and career: A first in Graphic Design, specialising in print and illustration, worked with teams big and small, been exposed to a full range of creative and marketing projects, throw in some client side and events experience, and now web and social media skills, and my teaching. I hope my creativity meets my client skills to offer a well-rounded package.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Strengthening my growing business with a deep foundation in local commerce and good causes, while also being able to spread further afield, benefiting both the studio and Nottingham. I’m interested in the way technology allows a global culture, but keen to redress the impact this can have on local connections.
What do you wish you had more time for?
Business: Networking and new business generation.
Personal: Reading and exercise.
Both the above suffer due to excessive time in front of the Mac.
What keeps you awake at night?
Most often WordPress coding problems (which are surprisingly easy to analyse once not looking at the screen) or a tendency to study blogs and Twitter on my iPhone.
What do you think is Nottingham’s best kept secret?
Aubrey’s Creperie and Danish Homestore, and more recently, Antenna, a creative hub in the centre of town.
What would you like to see more of in Nottingham?
Creative networking. Less about selling, more about freelancers and creatives kicking back for a beer and a grumble. “Collaboration not competition.”
What Big thing are you currently working on?
Launching our new collaborative studio, Shape or Form: design and art direction in many forms, but at the core helping businesses sound more human, and understand how best to interact with their customers.