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We talk about the journey Gavin took to get his job with Aardman, his side projects, design process, his thoughts on uni and much more. Could you talk through your journey to how you was able to get into that position? Gavin Strange: Yeah, sure. Gavin Strange: Okay. Tangent it is. I liked school, and I always liked learning and things like that, but I just never measured greatly against tests. I was never really bad, but I was never really good. You know. So I was always just going from next step to next step.
New techniques, but the art remains the same
Via his night alias JamFactory , he works on his passion projects as designer and director. Forward met him to hit him with some questions, with answers worth listening to. Coming to Bristol as a year-old digital designer, his dream then was to work for Aardman, being a big fan of animation. After further freelance works as digital designer in the fields of website design, photography, illustration, toy or character design, his portfolio grew and he got active on all sorts of online networks. The interactive arm of Aardman was a brand new department 10 years ago — developing interactive games and later apps. At first, being part of a freelance project, he then started to grow with the department and is now a senior designer. Aardman never made him feel having to leave behind his passion projects via his alias JamFactory, they encouraged him, which made a huge difference in his work ethics. He became friends with people he looked up to, talking about creatives like Nick Park, cartoon grandmaster and visionary.
Like most of us, Gavin Strange has been working from home since March. Exciting projects are never far away at Aardman, which, while best known for its stop-frame animation feature films and series, also produces highly acclaimed 2D and 3D videos, video games, music videos and interactive experiences. Strange has worked there for 12 years, joining as a freelancer to create a video animation sharing website for Channel 4 in the days before YouTube was an all-conquering video behemoth. He went on to become a senior designer for the interactive team and is now a director and designer, overseeing the creation of short films, adverts and idents. I grew up with what Aardman made and it was always charming and warm and funny, and it affects people emotionally. Originally from Leicester, the sweetly ebullient Strange is also an accomplished graphic designer, photographer, musician and author in his spare time under his alias JamFactory.