INTRODUCING Matt Gavin-Wear
. Freelance Graphic Designer.
FF: Hi Matt and welcome to Freelance Faces.
How did you start as a freelancer?
Matt: The first job I had after graduating from college in 1987 was for a design company in London. I'd been working there for just over two years when, due to economic downturn, the company folded. I got some freelance work through an agency and from there I started making contacts and never looked back. It turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to me.
Why do you freelance?
The flexibility it offers and the variety of projects I work on. Also, I like taking a project through from start to finish and getting involved in all aspects of the job from concept to design, copywriting and sometimes photography.
How does freelancing affect your lifestyle?
Not having to commute to an office every day gives me more time to work on projects whilst being able to see my kids grow up. Also, freelancing from home is an added bonus for clients too because I can turn work around overnight if needed.
What is your speciality?
I've always done a wide variety of work, corporate identities, brochures, point-of-sale, packaging, books, ads ... and more.
What other interests do you have?
Cooking is something I really enjoy. I love eating good food and I believe the best way to do that is learning to cook.
Another passion is photography.
I also love taking my kids to watch the Manly Sea Eagles at Brookie Oval.
How do you usually source freelance work?
Most of my work comes from word of mouth and hopefully Freelance Factory now.
How did you find out about the Freelance Factory and what do you think of the concept?
It was quite a few years ago that I first subscribed to Freelance Factory (even though I only recently added my profile. I imagine I heard of FF probably through an industry magazine. It's a great concept because it enables freelancers and clients to connect directly.
FF: Thanks for your time Matt! It's great to have you on board.
Matt is based on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Send Matt an email - click here.
Visit Matt's website: www.buzzdesign.com.au