New Kids On The Block
by Madeleine Baud
14 December 2017
2017 was a huge year for Liquorice (and its BFF, Dokio). We have welcomed many extraordinary new people to our team.
So many, in fact, that we decided we needed a whole blog post just to introduce a few of them.
Tell us your name, your position and when you started at Liquorice.
HG: Hammy Goonan, Technical Director, September 2017.
TC: I'm Tamera Crang. I work as a Senior Digital Account Manager and I have been with Liquorice since July 2017.
SM: My name is Steve Mitchell and I am a Graphic Designer. I started in November 2017.
SC: Sarah Castle, Operations Manager, August 2017.
MB: Madeleine Baud. Copywriter. February-ish, I think. Remembering is not one of my skills.
How did you come to apply for the position and what were your first impressions of the company?
HG: A recruiter I have dealt with in the past got in touch out of the blue because he knew it would be a position I would be interested in. It was a cold rainy night when I first came in, the lights were down low and there was some broody techno playing. Scott took me out for a drink (excellent interviewing technique) and it was very quickly apparent that we were on the same page.
TC: I actually came across the position through a social media post and because I was already a fan of their insta vibes, I thought it made perfect sense to apply.
SM: I was approached by our Design Director Shane Loorham who was looking for a mid-weight designer to join the crew. Having come from a two-man studio, I was excited by the opportunity to work as part of a larger design team, at a company that was progressive and driven by a strategic approach to brand design.
SC: I was introduced to Scott via a recommendation from a friend/ex-colleague. After a couple of catch-ups, we agreed it seemed like a good match and started working up my newly-created position description together. My first impression of Liquorice was: these people are TOO nice. It can't be real. What are they hiding? Luckily for me, it has transpired that people actually CAN be that nice.
MB: Liquorice wanted a copywriter. I wanted a copywriting job. The planets aligned. It was magic. My first impressions were that this is a happy place to be.
Describe a typical day in three words.
HG: Cycling. Coding. Music.
TC: Lots of laughs :)
SM: Commute. Design. Explore.
SC: "To be confirmed"
MB: Coffee. Ideas. Coffee.
What do you bring to Liquorice?
HG: Mad Trello skills and fine wine.
TC: I love helping teams unite for a greater purpose. I’m also a mean baker. Pie, anyone?
SM: My background is predominantly in print but I also bring skills in hand-lettering and custom typography.
SC: Experience in implementing improved processes and systems (which I find strangely satisfying) and a laugh akin to a witch's cackle. Most importantly, though - my expertise in wine, beer and Friday snack selection!
MB: I’m a copywriter but I can also design, ideate, strategise, or whip up an illustration. I love progress and keeping projects moving so I’m always putting my hand up and saying “I can do that”.
We've got Liquorice on level 1 and Dokio recently moved into level 2. If we took over the ground floor, what would go in there?
HG: A video game arcade with all the classics with an excellent selection of hoppy beers for sale at the bar.
TC: Definitely a tasty food business and maybe a coffee cart!
SM: I would split the area into a photographic studio and a lounge area with a turntable, where we could hang out and listen to a great collection of records.
SC: Hmm, this is a hard decision. I would probably opt for a kitsch tiki bar with a pool table, pinball machines and definitely a Galaga arcade machine - the cocktail table style for ease of playing whilst drinking from a pineapple.
MB: A private detective agency. A bell would ring when there’s a mystery to be solved and we’d all slide down a fireman’s pole to the ground floor. I’ve thought about this a lot.