Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?
Hey, I’m Charmaine. It’s French, but I’m not French — my parents just stumbled upon a magazine with that name! I was born in the Philippines, grew up in Saudi Arabia, and moved to Wales in 2006. Then, I mostly spent my adulthood in Sheffield before moving to the Big Smoke earlier this year.
How did you get to the point you’re at today with Article Ten?
I’ve always known I wanted to do something art-related, so I pursued different spectrums of design — Graphics for undergrad and urban planning for MA. After eight years of studying and continuous working, I knew it was time for a good break. So I quit my old job and took a career break, leading to 7 months of spontaneous trips and trekking rather than a month! Without that journey, I don’t think I would’ve come across Article Ten.
What would you say is a key attribute you bring to the team?
I’d say visual communication, helping people understand a print or navigate through a digital interface. Being a designer is not so much about being artistic but creative in ways for people to discern what they consume in milliseconds. And I believe with good visual design, this becomes a universal language. When it comes to collaboration, I’m bubbly and easy-going. As much as possible, I like to bring joy into the process of every project.
What do you like to do outside work, and does that influence your work?
Design, and anything to do with nature. Creativity and observation play a big part in my life, whether building a terrarium, videography, looking at art, freelancing, or exploring the wilderness through walks and treks. Allowing myself time to indulge in those things helps me show up better at my work and bring creative ideas to the table.
How is Article Ten life treating you so far?
Everyone’s so lovely and kind! More importantly, they are funny too! I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much while working remotely. That aside, they’re very organised and supportive. It’s been refreshing surrounding myself with good people and a great working environment.
Finally, what advice would you give to people looking to move into a creative role like yours?
Are you passionate? Do you love it? Go for it! It doesn’t matter what background you have. I believe that if you’re passionate about what you want to do, you’ll push yourself to get better at it. It’s about showing your skillset and capabilities on your portfolio and how you show up as a team player and an individual designer. Be versatile, open to learning new things in our industry, and have plenty of passion!