A day in the life: a senior designer at SMAKK

SMAKK branding
(Image credit: SMAKK)

Ollie Ennis is a senior designer at SMAKK, a New York agency known for its work in wellness marketing, branding and design. Ennis is a mentor for those who don’t otherwise see themselves represented in the cultural tapestry – based in part on their experiences as a non-binary designer. 

Beyond providing pro-bono design services for queer initiatives, they volunteer for local grass-roots organisations and events and run a monthly crafting club dedicated to fostering connection within the queer creative community. They have also spoken at the Shillington School of Graphic Design on the state of the industry and how to carve out a space as a trans and neurodivergent person within the design industry.

We sat down with Ennis to find out more about their daily routine, new project Barb, getting into a 'flow state', inclusivity in the design industry and how they approach new creative briefs.

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Rosie Hilder

Rosie Hilder is Creative Bloq's Deputy Editor. After beginning her career in journalism in Argentina – where she worked as Deputy Editor of Time Out Buenos Aires – she moved back to the UK and joined Future Plc in 2016. Since then, she's worked as Operations Editor on magazines including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw and Mac|Life. In 2018, she joined Creative Bloq, where she now assists with the daily management of the site, including growing the site's reach, getting involved in events, such as judging the Brand Impact Awards, and helping make sure our content serves the reader as best it can.