Meet the team: Q&A with Ross Cargill, Designer

23 October 2019
Ross Cargill, Designer at Condatis
Ross Cargill, Designer

For this month’s ‘Meet the Team’ series we’re shining the light on our in-house Designer, Ross Cargill.

Ross, it’s great to have you under the spotlight. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Before I joined the company in 2017 I studied Graphic Design at Edinburgh College and spent time working in retail for a couple of years.
I started off as a Digital Marketing Apprentice and after successfully completing my apprenticeship in a very short time, I progressed into a User Experience and Graphic Design role.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I really love seeing how my work has developed the brand and how it is making a difference in the company’s visual identity internally and externally. Being the sole designer, I am responsible for the company image and so a lot of what you see is on me.

What drew you to Condatis?

It was a starting point in my career, and I knew I could progress and develop myself into becoming the designer I am today. Condatis has a fun culture and work environment and is a space where I feel I can express my ideas no matter how crazy they are!

Could you describe a typical day at the office? What is it like to live and work in Edinburgh?

It’s great that I can work flexibly as it means that I can get an early start with an easy commute from outside of Edinburgh to Leith. It makes my morning that much easier since I miss all the traffic and can find space to park. I make the most out of the relaxed environment, often socialising with my colleagues, grabbing a glass of Irn Bru and a snack from our well-stocked kitchen (probably chocolate).

What is your favourite thing about your team?

Working across Marketing and UX gives me a variety of things to do. This gives me opportunities to explore new styles and techniques depending on the design purpose. The people I work with are always enthusiastic and aren’t afraid to have a laugh.

What advice would you give to recent new hires?

Every idea is acknowledged; don’t be afraid to speak up.
Most importantly, on pizza day if you’re not fast, you’re last.

What would you do for your career if you weren’t a designer?

I’ve never really thought about that because everything has always fallen into place. I’m very happy where I am right now, and I like making pretty pictures! In the future I look forward to progressing further and maybe even managing my own design agency.

If you could learn to do anything what would it be?

My professional goal is to become an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) designer and I would like to learn how to run my own agency and be successful in doing that.

What do you like doing outside of work?

I love cars and really enjoy driving and fixing them. You may find me cruising the streets of Edinburgh. I like to spend time with my friends – who are also into cars (shock). When I have a car that works, I enjoy travelling and can highly recommend the North Coast 500.