Meet Cai – our newest Designer!

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Meet Cai – one of the newest additions to the Hassle.com team. It seemed fitting that he’d be our first ‘meet the team’ features as he’s the mastermind behind the design and creation of this very blog. Hats off to Cai!

Our ‘meet the team’ blogs are designed to let you know more about the people who work at Hassle.com . As well as finding out what the team get up to day-to-day, we’ll be finding out what music they listen to (well, at least what they’ll admit to!), what their 10 year old self dreamt of being and we’ll be attempting to answer the age old question: Where’s the best place to eat in the city?

Well, that’s enough from us! We’ll let Cai explain the rest (That’s him below, by the way).

This is Cai

Q: Hello Cai! We’ll start off easy. What’s your name and role?

I’m Cai and I’m a Designer here at Hassle.com

Q: What does the day-to-day look like for you at Hassle.com?

I’ve only been here for a couple of weeks, but so far, it comprises of working alongside others in the product team to further improve and adapt what we currently have in place; whether that be on the site or improving what we have in place internally. If it’s a Friday, it generally ends with beers too.

Q: What attracted you to Hassle.com?

Initially, I saw that the website uses fonts from a font foundry called Hoefler & Co, which led me to look further into the company. I really wanted to work within a team that’s design led across it’s whole, rather than having design as an after thought.

Q: Best thing about working here?

Everyone has been really welcoming and friendly – there’s definitely a great vibe around the office! I also love being able to work on something I really believe in.

Q: What are the 3 tools you couldn’t do your job without?

  1. Photoshop (It’s a love/hate relationship!)
  2. Macbook
  3. Sublime Text

Q: When you’re not working, what do you get up to?

I’m a big football fan and a musician. I support West Bromwich Albion, which takes up most of my Saturday afternoons and usually results in disappointment. When I’m not watching the football, I’m usually playing music or creating a side project.

Q: Where did you live?

Currently, I live in Tooting

Q: Where’s your favourite place to go in the city?

Ooh, hard to pick just one! I love that the main museums in London are free, so I spend a lot of time exploring them.

Q: Now for the real question. Best place to eat in the city?

I’ve only just moved into Tooting, but have already eaten so much Indian food, which it’s known for. So any of the Indian restaurants around there.

Q: What startups are you a fan of?

I really like the product that Citymapper have made, I think they’re doing great things – adding a real human element to the existing structure of Google Maps, one that’s incredibly simple to use.

Q: If you could run your own startup? What would you do?

I’m sure there’s an idea around 3d printing and old school typography techniques. It’d be great to be able to use 3d printers to build letter blocks for printing presses. I’d love to experiment with that, but I have no traditional typography skills, and I’ve just published it on a blog, so somebody else might beat me to it…

Q: What 3 sites do you spend most of your time on?

  1. Twitter
  2. Dribbble
  3. Designer News

Q: When you were 10, what did you want to be? 

It’s a bit of a cliche – a footballer.

Q: What music do you listen to while you’re working? 

I find myself listening to a lot of post-rock stuff like This Will Destroy You, The Album Leaf and Explosions In The Sky, it’s great music to work to as it’s really engrossing. If not that, it’s generally Led Zeppelin.

Q: A tricky one: Coffee or Tea? 

Both! But at a push, tea.

Q: What 3 things can’t you live without? 

My appropriate list would of course be; family, friends, girlfriend but that’s a boring answer, so I’m going with;

  1. An internet connection
  2. My football team
  3. Vegetarian substitutes

Q: What’s on your bucket list? 

I want to travel. A lot. My list of places includes India and a road trip across the U.S.

Q: What annoys you most? 

When things don’t work! I hate using badly designed things, this means that anything from withdrawing cash, to logging in to my mobile phone account can annoy me…this questions doesn’t reflect well on me.

Q: If you had to pick a cocktail, what would it be? 

A white Russian, dude.

Q: If you could invite 5 people to a dinner party (living or dead),who would the be and why? 

  1. Frank Zappa
  2. Larry David
  3. Jimmy Page
  4. Edward Snowden
  5. Ghandi.

So there you have it, a little bit about Cai. He loves great design, is easily angered it seems (though we can’t really believe that!) and seems to be on a one man Indian restaurant discovery tour in Tooting! If you’ve got a question you’d like to ask him – or an Indian restaurant recommendation – let us know in the comments below!

If, like Cai, you love great design, beers and working in an awesome team – check out our jobs page where we’re hiring for more great designers!

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