Recently, we have had a privilege of having Oliver Murphy from London to stay with us at factoria.
We have all enjoyed his stay here and we have decided to interview him to understand more about him.
Q: Why are you in Tokyo and what are you doing? Including what you do and what you specialise in.
Oliver: My name is Oliver Murphy,I am a freelance brand consultant and designer from London and mostly spend my time helping businesses speak to their customers using design. I tend to focus on packaging, website, retail and product briefs and I have worked with different brands from restaurants to a car brand. It varies week to week. I love it.
As I spend a lot of my time in London working for British and an Australian clients and I wanted to see if I could bring my skills and understanding to Japan and identify the problems and opportunities
for Japanese companies in terms of branding themselves overseas. I have a huge appreciation and respect for Japanese design and culture so I like to think I could help give small/medium Japanese brands a global voice, and what better place to start than in London.
Q: Has the jesus look worked out for you in Tokyo?
Oliver: HaHa! I prefer "The Dude" from The Big Labowski to be honest! I seem to attract older men in Izakaya bars who like Neil Young, Nirvana or James Taylor. So yeh I guess you could say I get chatted up.
Q: Seriously, you were here to establish connections to build your freelance business in Japan, how did it go? What worked and what didn't?
I have met some incredible people from all different kinds of companies. Japan is constantly surprising me and I feel every time I come hear I improve my understanding how to design better products/services.
I also certainly feel it is more difficult to help Japanese companies in J