How does the internet affect the environment?
By browsing a website or using an online app you’re using energy (duh!). What you might not have fully realised is exactly how much of it. There’s obviously the energy powering your device. But you also need to account for the electricity powering the multiple networks and data centres the digital files travel through to reach you. To put this in perspective: loading the average website uses up the same amount of energy as using a kettle to make a cup of tea (Source: Ethical.net). Energy usage causes emissions through the fossils fuels that are burned to produce it. The internet as a whole currently accounts for 2% of global emissions. That’s the same as all global aviation (Source: Nature.com). Luckily, there are strategies to minimise the internet’s impact on the planet. Find out the basics by viewing the Serving.Green.
Do you do any pro bono work?
Unfortunately the short answer is "no". Presently, I am not in a position to help through pro bono work as I'm laying the foundation for my business. However I hope for this to change in the near future.
How big is the team?
As an independent design initiative I am a one-woman operation. Depending on the complexity of the project, I sometimes rely on a network of collaborators to deliver the right solution on a project by project basis.
Will a sustainable design end up costing more?
Not necessarily. One of the main traits of sustainable design is to use resources mindfully. This means focusing on optimisation, reduction of waste and unnecessary elements. In most cases, using less will save you money. Of course, there are certain costs that might be affected by choosing sustainable alternatives over traditional ones (e.g. some types of eco-friendly paper, green hosting etc). I invite anyone working with me to evaluate the potential return on investment of making these choices: standing out within your sector, enhanced brand reputation, stronger staff engagement and retention, reduction of your carbon footprint and selected operational costs.
Are you available to work on-site?
As a freelance independent design contractor I will be working at a location of my choosing, not on-site. If the project requires my presence at your premises to deliver the entirety or part of the Services, the conditions for this arrangement need to be negotiated separately.
What payment methods do you accept?
My preferred payment method is online bank transfer.
Do you practice what you preach?
Yup! Sustainability is not a 9to5-only commitment: I actively work to minimise the impact of my lifestyle on many fronts. Some are easier to address than others (like being vegetarian, cycling and avoiding single use plastic), but I'm hopeful that I'll keep improving. For more details you can check out the WHY page.
Will we meet face-to-face?
I am based in Bristol (UK) and I'm more than happy to meet face to face at any stage of the project. However, I am mindful of the impact of commute and I will likely propose opting for a virtual exchange if the distance cannot be covered by bike or public transport.
What am I committing to when I contact you?
Zilch! You can reach out to ask for more information, enquire about availability for a project or collaboration without making any formal commitment. Also, feedback and friendly comments are always welcome :)
Do you have any work samples I can view?
Hyphae is a new chapter so we won’t be able to share what we’re working on for a little while. However, we’re happy to provide examples of previous work created in Senior Designer roles for agencies across Australia and the UK. Feel free to send a samples request here.
What are your office hours?
I'm open for business Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm (GMT), with the exception of UK public holidays.
Do you only work with sustainable businesses/initiatives?
No, I'm happy to collaborate with a variety of clients. However I do ask you consider opting for sustainable solutions that fit your brief over traditional ones. Also, I do not support projects connected to animal exploitation or testing.