Creative Lives — Stephen McCarthy, design lead at GDS, on why his first job rejection was a blessing in disguise

Posted 15 August 2017 Interview by Indi Davies

Rather than obsessing over purely aesthetic elements, it was the functionality of design that interested Stephen as a visual communications student. More intrigued by pictograms and the idea of a universal visual language, it seems only natural that he had found himself working at Government Digital Services, where simple usability for the entire UK population is the name of the game. As design lead, his entire output is determined by understanding people – forever asking what they need and why. Stephen opens up about the need to keep teams happy, learning to scrutinise his own work and why his first job rejection was the best thing that ever happened to him.

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