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{PERSPECTIVE} RICHARD BROWNLIE-MARSHALL

Edinburgh-born creative Richard Brownlie-Marshall was surrounded by art and design from a young age, and has applied his passion and talent to a string of successful corporate positions and independent projects, including innovative store redesigns and quirky homeware product lines

How do you describe your job, and what does it typically involve?

Being Creative Designer at Pret A Manger is a dream role for me, as it encompasses all elements of design within a brand I love – from marketing campaigns to product packaging, interiors and pioneer projects. The in-house creative team takes concepts from sketch right through to shop, which is a very satisfying experience. We are working internationally, so our designs are seen in shops from London to Dubai.

What’s your background?

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been creative. When I was in primary school I designed and sold my own magazine, at school I enjoyed and excelled in art and design, and in university I produced stage shows. I studied product design at Northumbria University, and on graduating I remember being completely confused as to what my design destination would be. But I knew I had to get into the industry as soon as possible, so secured an internship in London with the Brent Hoberman brainchild, MyDeco. I really loved working with the young company and, after completing the internship, I secured a permanent position as Design Coordinator. Being an interior design-based role, I thought that this would be my career path, but then I met Tossed. After speaking with the founder of the healthy-eating chain, Vincent McKevitt, I was introduced to the world of food retail. He took a chance on me and success was down to my willingness to work hard and learn fast. The first few months at Tossed were some of the hardest, but it was the pressure I needed to become a better designer. After three years as the company’s Head of Creative, I arrived at Pret A Manger – a brand I’ve always loved.

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