We’ve caught up with Nick Hammond previously on Design Juices a few years ago now, so it was great to catch up with him again. This time we spoke about travel, working with Findlay Hats, goals for 2016 & where he finds his inspiration.
“What I enjoyed most about working with Findlay is being around likeminded people, and friends, while creating something meaningful.” – Nick Hammond
We hear you’re now enjoying a cross country trip, what’s that been like so far?
So far it’s been absolutely incredibly. I spent several days in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and was able to see a ton of elk, moose, smaller wildlife and hike into several glacial lakes as well as summit a mountain. Looking to continue those amazing experiences as I make my way toward the South West United States.
What are your plans for the rest of the trip?
Plans for the rest of the trip are to hit as many national parks as I can and just get away from things for a while in order to recharge and find more inspiration in nature. Along the way I’m hoping to get in on some surf trips as well.
How was your work with Findlay Hats? What did you enjoy about those projects?
Findlay Hats is way beyond cool. I’ve been friends with the owner for years via an online forum and eventually our paths crossed and I was able to help him with design work as he built his company. I was never too much of a hat guy until Findlay and I don’t think I can live without them now.
What I enjoyed most about working with Findlay is being around likeminded people, and friends, while creating something meaningful. I get to have my hands in all sorts of things from design to marketing to shipping to sales and it really challenges me as a person which is what I love. Not to mention we’re able to create products that reflect what we would want to wear instead of what other companies are putting out. We have full creative freedom!
What’s been your goal for 2015? Do you have any plans for 2016?
For 2015 my goal has been to build my freelance career into something that allows me the freedom to travel whenever, and wherever, I see fit. It’s never been about the money but more about being able to create my own freedom through my work instead of letting my work control me. Nature is a huge part of my goals also as the more work I began doing the more I began to see how much our planet is being affected by over industry so it’s been beautiful to be able to mold my design work into a way to support causes that benefit the world we live in. I don’t really like to plan things too far in advance but moreso set lofty goals that have to do with being a better person and then just allow my work to slowly follow along those guidelines. For that reason I can’t really tell you what I have planned for 2016 other than doing more of what I love and seeing where it takes me.
What has been your favourite project to date? Do you have a dream company you’d love to work with in the next few years?
Findlay has definitely been my favorite project to date for reasons mentioned above. I don’t necessarily have any dream companies I’d like to work with although I definitely look up to brands like Patagonia who are following what they believe to be right and letting money come secondary. I do have at least one big project in the works which could take me overseas to some pretty amazing areas but that’s a bit hush hush right now ha.
Where do you enjoy to search for inspiration online?
For online inspiration I’ve been turning more and more recently to Instagram. Following athletes in outdoor related sports like climbing, surfing, snowboarding, and everything in between really helps to give me a perspective on all of the things that are out there and kicks my brain into an extra gear. I’ve tried more and more recently to stay off of the typical inspiration sites for design since I think they can get a little too cliquey and narrowed in what they present. Over all I’ve been focusing more and more on what I like to do and the work I want to put out instead of looking at what others are doing.