August 10, 2016

Early starts, late finishes and injecting colour into your working space. We spend the day with Central Saint Martins student, Od to talk about his morning routines, cycling the city and his final project.

Name: Od
Age: 30
School: Central Saint Martins
Course: BA Graphic Design (Moving Image)

UO: Hi Od – thanks for spending the day with us! Can you talk us through your morning routines on a typical school day?

Most days I have a very chill morning. I always start with two cups of coffee, that’s if I haven’t overslept and wake up in a panic in which case I grab an 80p cup at school (tight student budget you know.) I also like a bowl of oatmeal, to fill up for the day so I can be a good student and concentrate on what I need to do when I get to school!

UO: What’s your favourite way to enjoy breakfast? On-the-go or carefully crafted at home?

If I can manage it, “carefully crafted” at home, less emphasis on crafted.

UO: Can you walk us through a typical day-in-the-life?

On account of working on my final major project, recently my day has involved a lot of early starts and very late finishes. So, I typically get up around 8am, shower, smear myself in body lotion, breakfast and aim to be out and on my bike by 9am. Get to school around 09.45am, grab another coffee, hellos and chit chat, start working by 10am. Once I’m working the world is shut out until we start getting kicked out around 21.45pm.

UO: Can you share with us a bit about your neighbourhood and location – what do you like about it and how does it inform you view of the city?

- I live in Brixton Hill (the posher, quieter end haha). I like that it’s set away from the hustle and bustle of central Brixton. If I want distraction I have the option of central Brixton, but for peace, tranquility and the occasional distant police or ambulance siren I have Brixton Hill. I like that I’m living in an area where I see a lot of people who look like me, which in the current political climate offers a little bit of reassurance. I also like that it’s south of the river and offers a bit of an escape. A lot of my friends never go to south London so if I need to get away from people I know most of whom are north of the river, I can.

UO: What are your go-to cafes or spaces to do some work away from school/home?

-There’s F.Mondays which I go to when I’m feeling lazy about making my coffee and oatmeal at home. But that only happens after the student loan drop when I can “afford to be lazy”. I actually wrote my whole dissertation there. That was during a small window when I didn’t need to be at school to do my work.

Commodity Stock White Marl Short Sleeve Waffle Tee

UO: How would you describe your style?

I would say bike casual. I cycle everywhere in London and I like to be comfortable without having to necessarily resort to cycling wear. So, I tend to wear a lot of dark colours so that I can wipe bike grease all over them without it being noticeable and it’s also a good way to mask my profuse sweating. I tend to buy multiples of the same thing if I like it and find it comfortable. So it kind of looks like I don’t change my sweaty clothes but I do, it’s just that they all look the same.

Loom Armstrong Nylon Rust Bomber and and wander black backpack

UO: How would you describe your aesthetic when it comes to styling your space?

I think the colour I miss in my clothes I make up for in my living and working space. It’s a bit of a mish mash of things. I kind of like my things to be on display so there are a lot of piles of things, especially books.

Urbanears Hellas Active Headphone and Black Marble Daily Journal

UO: What is your favourite part about your space?

My desk and gymball seat. I’m no health fanatic, but I like to joke that I can work my inner core and work on my project at the same time.

UO: What are your 5 working space essentials?

Gymball, notebook/sketchbook, pen, post it pad, computer

Peg Board and Wire Wall Grid

UO: Who or what is inspiring you right now?

African youth telling their own stories and different stories of Africa through their creativity is something I find very inspiring right now. I’ve been collecting and looking at a lot of work by Santu Mofokeng, a South African documentary photographer. My current project is a photobook and documentary film on the Matatu subculture in Nairobi, Kenya. So, that’s also something that is a major inspiration at the moment I suppose.


Favourite typeface… GT Pressura Mono

The best advice I’ve received…

- 1. Learn to complain the right way to get what you want.
- 2. Play the game and make the people with money think it was their idea to give you their money for your project.
I’m currently reading…

- Chasing Shadows by Santu Mofokeng
- Nairobi Today: The Paradox of a Fragmented City
- Nairobi’s Matatu Men: Portrait Of A Subculture by Dr Mbugua wa Mungai

Words to live by…

- Embrace your limitations, do it yourself, do it your way, operate by your own rules and be happy.

See more from Od here.

Watch Od’s screening of
MATATUism: Stylising a Rebel at 71a on August 16th