Introducing Jason Davey - multi-talented designer. Based in Brookvale NSW, however Jason loves to travel and travels a lot, so he just might be in a place near you!
Hi Jason and welcome.
How did you find out about the Freelance Factory and what do you think of the concept?
It's a great concept and I know that quite a few companies I have worked for, it's their first port of call for freelancers. It saves them money on agency fees and it means they don't try to beat you up too much on your rate!
How did you start out as a freelancer?
About 13 years ago when I was living in London, I had just moved there from my home town of Nottingham and it was the easiest way to find work at the time. I wasn't sure if I would stay, so I wanted something short term. I ended up staying there for 4 years! and then moved here in 2000. Again, freelancing seemed the best option as I was a bit 'all over the place' and now I have got used to the ups and downs of freelancing that I don't think I could work any other way.
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Why do you freelance?
It gives me the freedom to travel for long periods of time and at short notice. Most of the time it enables me to work whilst I travel, all i really need is an internet connection and I'm away! It also means that I can work unusual hours, sometimes the ideas just aren't there so it's good to be able to take a bit of time from the computer to get some inspiration.
Freelancing also enables me to spend time learning new things that can benefit my skill set. At the moment, I'm taking a lot of short trips and shooting a lot of photos, working on some writing and working on some skateboard graphics.
What is your speciality?
I like to think that my speciality is just being able to come up with some good ideas and execute them well. I have worked extensively in packaging design, brochure and logo design but I think a good idea can be carried across any media and I try not to restrict myself in the types of work I take on.
What has been your career highlights?
On a personal level, i would say the work I have done with Death Skateboards over the past 10 years. It has been the most rewarding. I have been lucky enough to get pretty much a free run with any ideas I have and see them develop into a finished product.
I also designed the identity, promotional materials, animations, websites and everything else that went along with the 2006 and 2007 Urban Music Awards in Sydney. A huge project but again, it was great to be able to have a clean slate to work on and a client who was open to my ideas.
What other interests do you have?
Travel, photography, skateboarding and reading.
I'm inspired by the old skateboard artists of the 80's. VC Johnson, Jim Phillips and the guys producing great skateboard graphic design, Andy Mueller, Andy Jenkins, Evan Hecox. People who have a genuine passion for the work they do.
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Jason has recommended other links that you might find interesting...
www.skategypsies.com - a site Jason just built with a friend to gather together some blogs of friends who skate and travel.
www.travelstockshots.com - a beta site for photo stock that Jason is putting together in his spare time.