Meet the team: Neil Rowe - Factor 3

Meet the team: Neil Rowe

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Name?

Neil Rowe

Documentary or soap?

Documentaries every time. I love learning new stuff and have accumulated a wealth of useless information over the years, like knowing that tablecloths were originally meant to be served as towels with which dinner guests could wipe their hands and faces after eating! And that a hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside! Although I don’t recommend putting these facts to the test in your local restaurant or with any child (not without the supervision of a trained adult anyway). I’m convinced such facts will all come in useful one day.
Soap on the other hand should remain something you wash yourself with – they are all a complete waste of humanity’s time (sorry Sarah :-)). Humans will never invent warp drive and meet the Vulcans if we all sit around wondering if Nick is going to recover after that horrible crash and will David be revealed as the father of Kylie’s baby after all?!

What would be at the top of your bucket list?

I’m Peter Pan and will live forever, so don’t need to worry about things like a bucket list. But, if you really press me, seeing the sun rise over Machu Picchu, swimming with dolphins and meeting my musical hero from the eighties – Howard Jones – again (to apologise for my cringeworthy, dumbstruck encounter at Cheltenham Town Hall).

What do you do when you’re not working?

Not working! What do you mean? Well, having recently become a dad, watching ‘In the Night Garden’, ‘Waybaloo’ and other Cbeebies programmes with our fourteen month old daughter are the norm. I do also love the movies and a good trip to the cinema – to see anything with space, robots, computers and magic (or a combination of all four is best) and anything else that could be described as sci-fi (my twin brother has already attached the label ‘Kidult’ to me). Technology, reading and making my daughter laugh are my other favourite pastimes.

What do you enjoy most about working for F3?

Our agency may be small in numbers but it’s big on creative ambition. The people here are all very open, genuine, passionate and driven. There is great collaboration between the creative and account handling teams, and an innate pride in delivering truly creative projects and successful outcomes for our clients’ businesses. I love improving a client’s business through better design – by understanding a brand, service or product and making its communication to the customer more focused, more impactful, more accessible, more concise and of course, more beautiful.

What do you do at Factor 3?

My official title is Art Director, although sometimes I feel it should be ‘Jack of all trades’ as my role spans both traditional and digital design and art direction for concepts, photography, literature, advertising, packaging, and more recently developing my skills in 3D-modelling with Cinema 4D. A new challenge or problem to solve on most days makes it an exciting career choice.

Nickname if you have one?

Take your pick: Nell, Nellie, Neily-bobs, Nez, Nezbit… or ‘Creeping Jesus’ is my favourite (thanks to Liz at The Edge for that one). Apparently, I am very light-footed and often catch people by surprise.

Where do you come from?

I’m a true southerner from the land of clotted cream and scones (that’s scones with an ‘owe’ as it is correctly pronounced). I was born and bred in Devon in a small village/town called Plympton, ten miles to the right of Plymouth. Let’s be clear about that for all you people who insist I come from Portsmouth which is more than one hundred and seventy miles away (I’ve just checked with Google!). Apart from myself, some famous people from Plymouth include: Sir Francis Drake; Robert Falcon Scott (of the Antarctic); comic artist Beryl Cook; and our Olympic medallist, Tom Daley.

Please provide link to LinkedIn profile if you’re happy to disclose.

LinkedIn – what’s that? Is it one of those new fangled things like Facecook and Witter on t’internet that teenagers use? For me, you can’t beat a good old-fashioned telephone call or meeting up in person to understand someone’s needs and feelings. We should all take time to look up from the virtual worlds of our mobile devices, there’s a much more exciting real world out there that is passing us by!

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