By day, Gavin is a Senior Designer for the interactive arm of Bristol's Aardman Animations. By night, he goes under the 'JamFactory' moniker where he indulges his passion for side projects; from filmmaking to toy design, illustration to photography.
Gav's route into the creative industry was a different one, eschewing University for diving into the industry, getting a job as a junior designer at the age of 17, he's worked in the creative field ever since. In 2016 he wrote, designed, illustrated & photographed his first book; ‘Do Fly’ published by the Do Book Company.
He loves the drums, he loves a dance and is powered by tea. He lives and works in South Bristol with his wife Jane.
Oh man, question 1 is TOUGH! Erm... I would say... PIZZA! Yeah, definitely pizza. There's so many types of pizza too. Good pizza, bad pizza, big pizza, small pizza. Delicious, Italian proper pizza. Filthy but lush crap pizza. Chocolate pizza!
Yeah, I'm sticking with Pizza. It's like the Swiss Army Knife of the culinary world.
Football or Tennis?
Can I say neither!? I'm not really a competitive sports person, at all. I would go so far as to say I hate football, sorry! I do like to watch Wimbledon on the Telly though, when it's on. Although every year I forget how the rules work and it takes me until the final match to finally understand what's going on.
The only sport, if you can call it a sport, that I follow, is Skateboarding. But what I love about that is it's a totally individual pursuit. You can be on your own, do it whatever way you like, wear whatever you like, and you don't have to conform to anything at all. It's freedom, mixed with athleticism - that's rad!
Doctor Who or Doctor Strange?
Doctor Strange, definitely. I mean, I am biased because my surname is 'Strange', but still, I like the fact my namesake is a 'master of the mystic arts'. I'm hoping my unborn son will eventually become a Doctor so he can truly be Doctor Strange, or some kind educational institution would give me an honorary doctorate, that'd be awesome!
Pre-Raphaelites or Post-Impressionists? (like to sneak in an arty/cultural question ;P)
Well, i'm not gonna lie. I did have to google it, as my memory is terrible for dates, so I couldn't remember what each movement looked like. (Now who's looking like an idiot for skipping Uni!)
I would definitely have to sat the Post-Impressionists. I've got fond memories of studying Van Gogh when I was at primary school, and The Starry Night is seared in my memory, I've always loved that painting.
There's something wonderful about the surreal colours, the exaggerated forms and the unique brush strokes of that movement that feels magical. It feels fantastical, and I think that's why it grabbed me so much as a young boy. I could look at that kind of art forever and ever.
PC or Mac?
Mac. For sure. Even though Apple have jumped the shark in recent years and are making stuff that's either totally unusable in the name of 'courage' (I'm looking at you Macbook Pro and iPhone 7).
I love the aesthetics of them. And I'm totally embedded in the infrastructure too, I love that everything is connected and all syncs up. For me, the feel of the software on PC is just so awkward, so bloated, and ugly. I know Windows has come on a long way but still, I can't let go of Apple.
Saying that, it feels like, especially with Smartphones, that Apple's monopoly is slipping away. Google is making very nice looking software and now nice looking hardware, especially the Daydream and the Pixel phone
Still, it'll take a lot to release me from Apple's clutches, unless they start taking away more ports just for fun.