Behind the scenes in 60 seconds

Forbes Low reveals the creative and musical influences that gets him moving

Favourite quotation
“If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.” Steven Wright

When did you know you would be a designer?
I was nine or 10 when my Roman burial drawing got a 9/10 and the essay got 5/10 that I realised that I was much better at visualising things than writing.

What do you most enjoy about it?
I think I am very fortunate as every brief is different, each job has new challenges and it’s a way of seeing that I enjoy. So many people dislike their jobs but despite the sleepless nights trying to solve a problem, I wouldn’t change much.

If you weren’t a designer, what would you do?
The only other area I have grown to be interested in is psychology – so maybe a therapist.


Favourite place?
For sheer natural beauty, the Grand Canyon and for a man-made build, the Cathedral Basilica of Barcelona (above).

Who or what inspires you?
Pablo Picasso said, “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” and I think that is very true. David Lynch (below) has the ability to take the normal and skew it; a different way of seeing life. Graphically, it has to be the designers Peter Saville, Why Not Associates and Vaughan Oliver.


Outside of design, Pep Guardiola (below), the football manager. Having read several biographies about him, his creative thinking and visionary ideas to change standard acceptance is inspiring.


What’s on your current playlist?
De La Soul’s ‘And the Anonymous Nobody’ is so varied and ambitious. Mark Eitzel’s ‘Hey Mr Ferryman.’ Something new is the Texas and Jerusalem Crossroads album by Lift to Experience. It’s like four espressos in one shot.


What was the first record you ever bought and where from?
It was a single called Music by John Miles. I used to spend most Saturdays in a record shop called MJM Records when I was teenager and bought countless records there. The film Hi Fidelity was exactly like that time.

All-time favourite album?
On any given day, my answers would be different but it ranges from Bruce Springsteen’s The River…REM’s Automatic for the People… The Blue Niles’ High…The Pixies’ Doolittle – and the guilty pleasure is Seconds Out by Genesis.