Alice Kearney is a local Graphic Designer and Illustrator and enjoys to work in the blurred lines where the two processes meet. Recently she has been working a lot within the music industry in Northern Ireland.
Alice told us about what influences her and what her biggest hurdle has been throughout her career.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your business.

I live and work in lovely Belfast. I’m a bit of design chameleon; I’m a graphic designer and illustrator so my work isn’t just put in one neat box. My work usually blurs the lines between the two. For me they work hand in hand. This can sometimes be tricky for getting work as I’m too illustrationy or too designy but it hits the perfect sweet spot for my clients. A lot of my work nowadays is within the music industry. I have worked with the Oh Yeah Music Centre, the Northern Ireland Music Prize, a long list of musicians and Lowden.

What/who influences/motivates you?

I really love pop culture! The good and the bad. The more kitsch, themed or tacky the better.  Anything camp is also great too. Cher and Wham! tunes get me through a lot of late night grafting.
I’m also obsessed with visuals that bring you into a different world. In the future I would love to work on branding spaces. Saying that, the designer Morag Myerscough and her work, ‘Temple of Agape’ is incredible and I’m a mega fan of Kate Moross’s work too, I especially love her work for the amusement park, Dreamland in Margate.

What has been your biggest hurdle and your proudest moment or accomplishment in your career?

a. biggest hurdle
Getting out of my own head! I was a lot more nervous and shy about my work when I first started out in the design world. It’s easy to compare yourself to others, especially with a phone in your hand all day. I have realised that it’s a waste of time to sit scrolling through Instagram and think about imaginary projects that I’ll never do. By putting my pen to paper I have gained a lot more experience, less daydreaming and more confidence.
b. proudest moment/achievement
I’m so happy that clients keep asking me back to work with them and referring myself to others. Which means that I must have done something right?
I especially love working with musicians. I got to work with the stroke city punk band, The Wood Burning Savages, while simultaneously; I was also branding the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2018. The Wood Burning Savages won NI Music Prize ‘Best Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Live Act’. I stood back realising I had basically designed everything on the stage that night! Mad! I was really proud of them and happy to have helped them on their journey.

Could you give some advice for any young, emerging designers?
Keep activity learning about your craft and on the other hand don’t take life too seriously. The sooner you get out of your own head the better!