Gerard McGuickin is a design writer and blogger, working on a freelance basis and for his own website Walnut Grey Design since 2011. Gerard offers his readers an intelligent viewpoint on interior design, as well as architecture, lifestyle and product design. He also sees Walnut Grey Design as a zine and online manifesto of good design, passionately sharing new design ideas, style concepts and product choices. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Gerard McGuickin.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
My style is urbane, punctilious and urban. I have a discerning perspective on good design and quality of life and eschew passing trends and fads.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
Coffee. Reflection. Questioning. I will research the topic for clarity and understanding. I don’t use a particular framework, but simply start by putting words on a page.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
Not to evade the question, but I don’t have one particular individual in mind. There are various people I respect and admire. From my perspective, I am attracted by someone who is open to ideas, has integrity and a conscientious approach to design. The best people are without exception calm, curious and caring. I have no time for creative bureaucrats and dictators.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I surround myself with good design and beautiful things – at home, in my blog and writing work, in people I follow and admire. For me, this is extremely reaffirming.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
I’m striving to look after myself physically, emotionally and spiritually. I want to love what I do. I’ve been through the London corporate career ordeal and life events conspired to reorient my career journey. I would say follow your heart, even if it means struggling financially for a while.