Tom Briggs has a dream job. The OCAD University Graphic Design grad is a senior designer for Cervélo, a Toronto-based bicycle manufacturer. This year, he designed the new paint job for team MTN-Qhubeka, the first African team in the Tour de France. On top of that, he spent this past July travelling on the Tour shooting promotional videos.
“Unbelievable, it's honestly a dream come true,” says Tom. “I was able to design one bike for last year’s Tour that was ridden by Sebastian Langeveld (the Dutch national champion at the time), but to do a whole team's fleet of bikes is something entirely different. Also, with MTN Qhubeka being the first African team to ever participate in the Tour's 102-year history, I feel like it's an honour to be involved in something so historic.”
Tom’s top three tips to landing your dream graphic design job
1. Content is invaluable. If you're passionate about the content you're creating you'll produce the best work of your life. Pushing pixels in Illustrator or Photoshop will hold your interest for a while, but the content really is what wins out at the end of the day so try and put yourself in the best position you can to work on something you love.
2. The people around you will influence your path as much as you will. Surround yourself with people you admire and who produce work you engage with. These connections will go a long way in helping you find what you want to do.
3. Work hard. I know everyone says this but, at the end of the day, it's up to you to make the choice to work until midnight or watch TV. Believe me, I spend my fair share of time being lazy just like everyone else. But, if there is a project that is important to you make sure you take full advantage of those opportunities, and don't stop until you are completely happy with the results.