Pollen People: Neil Quinn
Neil Quinn has over 10 years of experience working in the creative industries and has worked on projects for PayPal, Virgin Media, Sky and Foxes Biscuits. Neil co-founded and ran a graphic design agency in Nottingham where he was a Director for four years, before moving to Bristol in 2016. Neil worked as lead designer for a digital agency, before co-founding Polleni in October 2017 alongside Cat How and Rog How.
What do you love most about your work?
Coming up with nice looking ways to help clients solve their problems.
What recent project are you most proud of and why?
Branding the Pollen Place workspaces. It’s so nice to see our work on the website, and the walls and windows of our Stokes Croft HQ.
What do you like most about Pollen Place?
The people! It’s a nice relaxed atmosphere, with friendly folk who make it a pleasure to come to work.
If someone was new to Bristol, what would you recommend they do?
Grab a beer from the Arnolfini and dangle your legs over the edge of the quay, and watch all the action in the harbour.
What is on your headphones at the moment?
I’ve got a bit of a thing for 80s boogie at the moment. I’ve played this song to death over the past couple of weeks…
Kashif – Lover turn me on (I just got to have you)
What is the motto you live your life by?
Oh gawd, I’m not really a mantra kinda chap. But if I had to pick one, I’d say the designer Anthony Burrill’s “Work Hard and Be Nice to People” is a pretty good guide for life.
If you were to give just one piece of design advice what would it be?
Have confidence in your own taste and judgement. Standing by your own design principles and beliefs is a key part of being a designer – there are plenty of us around, so having a personality or style is definitely a good thing. There’s no point pretending to be something you’re not, or making things you’re not really into…where’s the fun in that?!
What is your favourite colour?
I find this question really difficult! I don’t really have an all time favourite, it’s always changing. Today I’m really into bright oranges, acidic yellows…both of which feature in projects we’re working on at the moment.