We plan to put five questions to each of the WXG (www.wxg.co.uk) conference’s speakers to give you a look into their talks, histories and what inspires them to do what they do. Introducing the second speaker, Jon Hicks, a graphic designer with a talent for icon design. Why did you agree to speak at WXG?

I’ve been asked a couple of times, and haven’t been able to make the dates. It was great to finally coincide! Also, they promised they would buy me a yacht…

What do you think delegates will get out of your talk?

The two main takeaway points are: how to create your own icons when stock/royalty free offerings don’t satisfy your needs, and how to use SVG on the web for resolution independent graphics. There are many ways to use SVG online, and I can guide you through the pros and cons to help you choose the right method for your project.

 How did you get into graphic design?

I wanted to be a wildlife illustrator originally, but it’s a very hard market to get into in the UK, so I found a job as a junior designer instead, and it developed from there. I spent the next eight years working for charities and publishers before going freelance in 2002 - and haven’t looked back since.

 Who is your inspiration in the industry?

Brendan Dawes and Joshua Davis were my first deities when I started working online. I love how their work is always fresh and original - on another level to mortals like me!

What advice would you give to someone new to the industry?

Keep time aside in the week to experiment and play. Try out something new, investigate new techniques - I’ve found it always pays dividends later. There is the tendency to treat new features like Flexbox as ‘not supported enough yet’, but you should be thinking 'I need to understand this NOW and stay ahead'.

If you want to find out more or reserve tickets to the WXG event visit: http://wxg.co.uk/