Dan Ziglam

I met Dan through my work with James Harrison, and I am a big fan of the DEADGOOD brand that he and Elliot Brook have created. They work with a number of up and coming, and also established names to create iconic pieces that are becoming more common place in hotels and restaurants.

Website - Deadgoodltd.com

If they were to make a toy action figure of you, what would your accessory be?
During my childhood I used to love playing with my brothers He-Man figures, It would be great to have my own version of the Battle Cat. Handy for getting around Town on!

To what degree have you actually controlled the course your design life has taken?
I have never really had a ‘proper’ design job and have been fortunate enough to have retained control of my design work ever since those early days at Art College. After graduating from University I set up deadgood pretty much straight away and have been at the helm plotting the course ever since.

What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
That’s a tough one as you don't really know what people get up to behind closed doors, Recently I have been very conscious about the media I consume. The TV and Internet like the human body make for an excellent servant but terrible master. With that in mind I try and read at least 10 pages of a life changing/inspirational book everyday and limit any Television watching to factual or educational programmes, Most of the time :)

What product or event inspired you to be a designer/work in the design industry?
It was more a person. When I was at Art college I was leaning towards taking a degree in Fine Art or Graphic design, My tutor saw potential in my 3-Dimensional design work and encouraged me to pursue this angle. Unfortunately our paths have never crossed since and I haven't ever had the chance to thanks him for his sound advice, So Julien if your out there somewhere, Big Thanks!

If you could go back in time and become the designer of any existing item, what would you choose?
Mikhail Kalashnikov, I would make sure I made a proper bodge job of his design’s making them useless and redundant.