The reality of being a designer and running a successful design studio
About the speaker
Pete runs Tom Pigeon, a creative studio he founded with his wife Kirsty Thomas in 2014. Based on the East Coast of Scotland, the studio designs simple, crafted and affordable things, made with care to be enjoyed, as well as taking on creative commissions and consultancy work.
Before Tom Pigeon Pete spent 16 years working with Uniform, a creative consultancy he co-founded in Liverpool and more recently he taught design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. He has exhibited work at SXSW in Austin, Texas, London Design Festival, Il Compasso di Latta, La Triennale di Milano and The Design Musuem, London.
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To be successful as a creator I think you have to trust yourself. — Pete Thomas
I think list making is really really important, and putting down a kind of vision. Because once you’ve put it down there it makes it much more tangible and much more likely to become a reality. — Pete Thomas
If there are things that you don’t like doing, find someone who likes doing those things and work with them. — Pete Thomas
I think you need to make space. Physical space creates mental space. — Pete Thomas
Design is kind of like a fiction, it's like storytelling. And when we design we create a version of reality. — Pete Thomas