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Short Blonde Seeks Great Designer with GSOH

Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.

Ashleigh Jackson has been a Graphic Designer at Web Applications for almost 6 months and continues to enjoy the daily challenge.

From a young age Ashleigh has always been creative and she shows real passion for design. Before joining Web Apps in November, Ashleigh worked at a web design agency in Leeds. She is now enjoying being able to work on a variety of projects, including web design.

The process of generating new ideas is what Ashleigh enjoys most about her job. She spends a lot of her time looking for inspiration and brainstorming possible designs for different projects. It is a constant learning curve getting to grips with designing for various media.

At Web Applications we are all encouraged to actively seek ways to improve. In her time here so far Ashleigh has attended a number of events. At Manchester Design Symposium, Camp Digital and Made North she has listened to inspiring speakers from the design industry which has kept her motivated to develop her skills.

Aside from the training budget, Ashleigh’s favourite part of working at Web Applications is her great team. Although I am part of that team I can assure everyone that I didn’t force her to say this. As we’re currently recruiting another designer, I asked Ashleigh what kind of person she would like to join the team. Plenty of fresh ideas, willingness to learn, a good eye for detail and a great sense of humour are all on her wish list.

Ashleigh has many hobbies but there’s nothing she enjoys more than going dancing with friends in Oldham hotspots Envy and Tokyo’s. Football, hockey and working out at the gym also keep Ashleigh busy during her spare time. In our recent Sport Relief football league, Ashleigh showed off her skills in the Downstairs Dominators team.

 

When asked her claim to fame, Ashleigh listed some impressive celebrity contacts. Her best friend’s brother was on Coronation Street for about a year and her sister was a contestant on a game show called Minute To Win It, along with a team of friends who shall remain nameless. But Ashleigh’s biggest claim to fame is that she featured on an episode of Jeremy Kyle. I’m told she was merely in the audience but I’m yet to see proof of this.

For lent Ashleigh gave up cake, sweets, chocolate and takeaway, during this time we had 2 cake days, a couple of work nights out and many traditional ‘Fat Fridays’. Despite the temptation, Ashleigh pulled through and successfully completed the full 40 days and 40 nights. If that isn’t dedication, I don’t know what is.

In the future, Ashleigh’s goals are to continue to improve as a designer, learn new techniques and produce innovative ideas. She also aims to run a marathon one day. Having been left in agony for days after attending the gym with Ashleigh I am pretty confident she can achieve this.