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How long have you been part of the team at Shape?

I graduated from Salford University in 2015 and was offered a job here shortly before I left.

What's your favourite aspect about working at Shape?

I love the diversity of the projects we get here at Shape, I love coming into work every day and not knowing what project I will be working on it keeps things fresh and interesting. We have a great atmosphere here in the studio and we all enjoy similar things so we all have things in common which helps.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I like to do lots of different things outside of work, I either go out for tea or go to the pictures either that or you will often find me on my bike, I train 5 to 6 days a week with an average training week being between 15 and 20 hours.

So, you like Cycling, are you any good?

I spend a lot of time on my bike, I have been a competitive cyclist for around 7 or 8 year now and I love the whole aspect of racing my bike.. I am a very competitive person and bike racing allows me to challenge myself against the best riders in the country.

Which project was most satisfying for you to work on?

I can't put my finger on one particular project.. there has been so many great projects over this year in particular, I tend to enjoy the projects where the client are more open to suggestions, they give me the freedom to do whatever I want and those tend to be the most enjoyable projects to work on.

Have you always wanted to be a web designer?

When I was in school I was very active, I loved playing football and getting outside but my grades were much higher in Art & Design so my tutors advised I take that route. After leaving school I knew I wanted to do something creative and Graphic Design allowed me to do that. I never really thought about a being a web designer until I started University in 2014, I was on Jason and Andy's web design course and I loved every minute of it.. and here I am today!

What websites do you use to find inspiration?

I tend to use a select few websites for inspiration.. it all depends on the project but as a general rule I like to use Awwwards to look at competitors, Dribbble for elements and Behance as a last resort. I don't like getting too many references as I like my designs to be unique.


Mike Ashurst


Loves: Ice Coffee Favourite font: Neuzeit Grotesk Loves: Minimal designs Favourite colour: #008BFF Dislikes: Fruit Eats too many sweets Loves Cycling & MMA Favourite Music: Tropical House

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