Meet Korie Cull; Director and Head of Design here at Affari. Korie was the first ever recruit of Affari and is nearing his six year anniversary! From all things food; Wagyu Beef to the perfect Sunday roast, get to know Korie on a personal level!

How did you find your way to Affari?

So, a little background, back in 2007 I began studying Interactive Media and Japanese Language at NCN City Adams in Nottingham, I had three amazing tutors who were super passionate characters, Rudy Butler, Blue Johnston and a wonderful Japanese Tutor, Fumiko Beeson.

Two years later I found myself studying Concept Design at Staffordshire University. In my last year of University, I did what every wannabe-designer does and created a clothing line, ‘fake it till you make it right?!’ Turns out, it was actually pretty successful; in a year I had my clothes in two stores in Nottingham and an online store on Redbubble. This allowed me to focus on getting a job that I really wanted.

In October 2012, I got the opportunity to join a start-up company Affari Magazine; A Magazine for Women in Business, owned by Craig Brothers and Ben Hankin.

I had never solely studied traditional Graphic Design so layout, typography, branding and working with text in advertising was all new to me. After I got the call, I studied Adobe InDesign and tirelessly crawled through Google and YouTube tutorials to create some Graphic Design work! I believe I was the third person they interviewed and the second they trialled but after a week trial I seemed to fit the bill, the rest is history!

What are the three best things about you?

1 – Brutal honesty has always prevailed in the design and business world, so that’s something I live by.

2 – I will always help someone who is willing and dedicated to helping themselves.

3 – I quite like my fiery temper, I think it’s good to have a burning passion, especially in the design industry.

What’s one of your best experiences?

Leaving one of the worlds biggest nightclubs in Japan ‘ageHa’ and walking straight into a sushi restaurant at 3:30 am is a pretty surreal experience.

What other interests do you have other than Affari?

Everything Apple – ‘Although, I do have some strong design opinions.’

Realism – I’m constantly striving in the 3D world to create realistic CG renders!

Travelling – I feel like everyone says travelling but I genuinely do enjoy it, even long-haul flights.

Food – I travel to eat and I eat to travel! BBQ A5 Wagyu Beef especially!

What’s your favourite quote and why?

I go on and off with quotes, as soon as I hear a new one that resonates or inspires me I jump ship. I have read and do tend to listen to Alan Watts, a British philosopher from time to time who has some powerful quotes that bring me back to earth, or space.

What’s #1 on your bucket list?

Well, number one on my bucket list was to travel to Japan and that’s already been ticked off! Japan has always been a place that I’ve had an incredible connection with. Since around the age of 8, I fell in love with a movie called Castle in the Sky (Laputa) by Studio Ghibli, which catapulted me into a whole new culture, along with a game, Final Fantasy 7 by Square Soft, that really opened my eyes to the creativity that dwelled in Japan and something that had always stuck with me and eventually shaped who I am and what I do today. Hopefully, Affari grows big enough so we can open an office in Tokyo so I can live there permanently!

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A sushi bento box; sashimi, salmon, tuna and avocado maki rolls!

What’s a fun fact about yourself, that not a lot of people know?

I used to do gymnastics at a competitive level; I participated in two international competitions and I’m a brown belt in Judo!

What’s your perfect Sunday?

Waking up midday and just linger around in the bed for a couple of hours watching Netflix with a cup of tea. Then with considerable effort, I manoeuvre myself to the living room to watch some more Netflix but on a bigger screen and consume food just to tide me over until dinnertime… It really is like watching a sloth in the wild. I think you can tell by now I love Netflix but in order for a Sunday to be perfect, you have to have a good roast. The ideal Sunday roast to me is mass amounts of mash potato and honey glazed gammon, all the vegetables piled up and topped off with gallons of gravy!