Three interviews with three digital spearheads. Based on the themes of the Digital Design Meets webinar sessions held at the end of last year – co-hosted by our partner Adyen Design and Dutch digital design. Our third and final interview is with Sebastiaan Scheer, Head of Design for the Global Creative Production Company MediaMonks, with an incredible eye for detail and design, and a love for baseball caps. We discuss how to attract and nurture extraordinary design talent.
Happy designers = great job
“Of course, MediaMonks’ goal will always be to attract the world’s best design talent. Talent capable of covering all areas of expertise, regional requirements and responding to client briefs at a level that people expect from us. However, our starting point will always be to put someone in a position that makes them happy and allows them to reach their full potential. It works for them, but also for us as an agency. A winning, winning situation. Because happy designers create great work!
This is also a very practical situation within MediaMonks, as we have a number of different types of design teams, covering different skill sets. This means that if you are the design talent for us, we will always be able to find you a position that matches your skills. ‘
A multitude of design possibilities
“We are a great melting pot of different skills, cultures and brands. A large creative production company, with over 3,000 employees around the world. It offers opportunities. A chance to work not only in your team of superstars, but also between teams – in your own country, but also across the world. Meet different people, learn different skills, and in some cases even visit different countries (not currently due to COVID-19). But always with one goal: to be a happy designer who likes to do a good job. We will do our best to help you be the best and happiest possible. Whether you are a content, digital, brand or unicorn designer. ‘
How do you make this happen?
“We have three types of design teams: essence (focused on content), digital (website development), and brand (brand building). Within these three teams, we cover seven different disciplines:
- Large website projects
- AR & VR
- Experiential and virtual events
- Interactive web campaigns
- Core teams: a versatile team
- Pitch teams: new business focus
- Client teams: teams working on fixed and loyal clients
This means that there is something for everyone.
The way we work
“We are a flat organization. This does not mean that there are no senior, main or junior designers. This means that there is no hierarchy. Whether you are a junior or senior designer, the best idea is going!
Our goal through design teams is to connect teams, people and skills. Share projects and transfer knowledge. It motivates and inspires everyone involved. It also prevents us from reinventing the wheel. We will invite people to participate in workshops and team presentations.
We are also in the process of developing an internal platform where we can share our work. Matias (Jansen – colleague responsible for design) and I also introduce ourselves to the design teams via an online presentation where people can ask us anything. A personal touch, to show that we care, are involved and interested in you as a designer, your ambitions, your work. ‘
Find the perfect designer
‘There are two options. Either we look for them through our own personal network, or we publish a job offer. Our preference is to always stay personal: so that the person who hires is personally involved throughout the process. This makes it easier to find that person with the perfect skills but also the perfect match for the team. Also, if the person does not have the skills you are looking for, but definitely someone who matches MediaMonks, we will always recommend and introduce that person to other teams.
First step: your skills will have to convince us. Second step: we will chat with you, to see if there is a click and a match with the team. We love talent and creative personalities, but you will always have to fit into the team. An extraordinary designer with a chip on his shoulder won’t do, no matter how talented he is. ‘
How to get noticed
“Make sure you pay close attention to your wallet. Don’t start by sharing your most recent work first, but start with the work you’re most proud of. And be prepared to sell us that work. Why it makes you proud. How it showcases your skills, your personality. Be loud about it, but not pushy. Justify your choices. Be passionate. Let yourself be carried away by your enthusiasm. You might have the best looking portfolio, but you have to make it real. Convince us.
And also have a few questions for us. Why would you want to work here? How does this correspond to your ambitions, your work, your experience?
All of the above will give us an impression of you, your job, your skills, your attitude at work. Be positive. Be a team player. Whatever your talent.
Diversity = essential = amazing ideas
“Diversity is us. Across different numbers, cultures, jobs and opportunities. But on a more serious note, we have a special program where we help ambitious people retrain, regardless of their background, to reach their full potential. It’s about your quality as a designer, your personality and your integration into the team, not your background. As mentioned before, we are a flat organization and everyone is equal.
If, as a company, we were not open to all ideas, all people and all walks of life, we would be missing out on incredible talent and, therefore, incredible ideas! “