'The CV arrived late but looked interesting. So, contrary to advice from our HR team, I decided to interview Justin. Slightly grumpy, but with a wonderful portfolio of design work, Justin told us that he had been travelling and would be off again soon, but he could probably fit in about six to eight months of work.
'Eight months of Justin seemed a better option than total commitment from any of the other candidates. That was January 1997. Six months passed, then six years. Justin turned out to be a talented designer, a great manager and an inspiration to the team.
'He left at the end of 2003 and set up environmentally friendly design agency, The Design Pod, with my other "best hire" Jeanne Podesta.'
Justin Swarbrick is co-founder of The Design Pod.