INK-terview: 10 Quick Questions with Our Jen

You’ve already discovered a lot of juicy gossip about several members of the INK team, but today in the spotlight it’s our Jen Appleton – one of our newest recruits here at INK. She’s a keen cyclist (in fact, she’s even planning on cycling to Paris soon!), a lover of Asian food and a fallen angel. Not sure what we’re on about on the angel front? Read on…


INK-terviewer: Hi Jen, let’s kick things off with you letting us in on what you’re working on this week…

Jen: A social wall and putting the finishing touches to the re-design of some new pages for our shiny INK site. Then creating some wireframes for clients as well as kick starting a brand new, exciting project for a new client.

INK wouldn’t be INK without…

Jen: All the lovely people who are super good at and love what they do.

If you weren’t a designer here at INK, what profession might you have fancied having a go at instead?

Jen: I always wanted to be an Astronaut but – aside from not really being super-humanly fit, clever and mentally unbreakable – I like to think I’m too much of a free spirit to hack the militant training. I also don’t think I have 20:20 vision, but maybe that’s just fighter jet pilots? So maybe something in conservation.

Imagine you’re on Britain’s Got Talent. What talent would you wow the judges with? Any party tricks up your sleeve?

Jen: I would just never audition, ever.

How would your best pal describe you in three words? Be honest…

Jen: Laid-back, outgoing, fun.

If you could jet off to a desert island with three people (celebs or otherwise, dead or alive) who would make the cut and why?

Jen: Ginny Fiennes – people tend to only know her as Ranulph Fiennes’ wife but she was a legendary explorer in her own right and was often the mastermind behind the many expeditions he undertook.

My Auntie Lynn who would just be totally out of her element in a hilarious way.

And maybe someone like Christopher Hitchens to keep the conversation interesting.

For you, what’s been the most important digital development in recent years – and how has it helped you do your job?

Jen: I love how much easier wireless and cloud-based technology has made things. I really can’t stand rooting around for a USB, then realising you’ve lent the one with the work you need to your mate!

Jen (third from left) enjoys a recent Treat Elite in the office
Jen (third from left) enjoys a recent Treat Elite in the office

Three-course dinner party round at yours! But what’s on the menu?

Jen: I’ve been cooking loads of Asian food recently, so I’m thinking prawn dumplings to start with then massive bowls of Ramen noodles. Asian desserts are rubbish though, so I’d finish with sticky toffee pud and ice cream.

If you could offer just one piece of advice to a budding designer, what would it be?

Jen: If no-one will pay for your work yet or hire you then make projects up and design for yourself.

Finally, tell us something else we don’t know about you…​

Jen: I love fancy dress. If I die I’d like to buried in my Halloween costume of 2011; a fallen angel complete with massive wings.

Want more? Of course you do! Here’s some of our latest INK-terviews, featuring the lovely Nathan, the lovely Matt and the equally lovely (everyone’s lovely here, we don’t play the favourites game…), Rich.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our blog to see who’s next in the INK-terview spotlight, too.

Until next time…