A graduate of the prestigious Glasgow School of Art with 13 years experience, Fiona has been part of the Front Page team since 2012. Away from her desk, she’s a budding photographer and paper cutter extraordinaire, making intricate hand-cut pictures for family and friends.

A day in the life: Fiona Sweeney

Jun 13th, 2016

Image sourcing vs. changing nappies—FIGHT! Designer and mum-of-two, Fee, takes us through her typical working day.

 Name: Fiona Sweeney

Job title: Graphic Designer

Sum up your role in three words:

Creating engaging visuals.

How did you get into Graphic Design?

I graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2002 and worked in a few design agencies before starting my job at Front Page in 2012 after having my first child.

What’s the best thing about it?

 Seeing my clients’ projects come to fruition – seeing your printed work around town, in shops, on shelves. It’s pretty cool to say ‘I designed that!’

 And the worst?

 When I put together nice new layouts or designs for a client brief but then learn that they’re restricted by certain elements and can’t use it.

What’s your career highlight so far?

When I won Designer of the Year at the Institute of Internal Communications (IoIC) awards 2010.

What would you be doing if you weren’t designing?

Probably being a full-time mummy.

What’s your morning routine?

 Get up at stupid o’clock and make sure my two children are up, washed, fed and ready before literally flinging myself together after running about mad for the last 2 hours! Take them to nursery/child-minder and then eventually get to chill out in my car on my journey into work!

 First thing you do when you get to the office?

 Good old-fashioned cuppa tea with roll and sausage

What’s a typical day like?

My day is mainly layouts of brochures, image correcting and artworking files for print. I never have much downtime, I’m always a busy bee which is great—my day goes faster!

And, most importantly, what’s for lunch?

I tend to bring my lunch in—normally leftover dinner or soup from the evening before and chocolate.

Home time! What’s on the agenda?

It’s all about the kids. Oh and sleep!

And finally, what time are lights out?

Latest 10pm usually for my sanity the next morning! If I don’t get to bed by then, it’s game over!

Find out more about Fiona and the rest of the Front Page team.

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