Justyna Green is a producer and consultant for the creative industries. Justyna is also the host of the weekly Justyna Green podcast, which brings you insightful conversations with the arts & design's most inspiring figures - from designers to illustrators, editors to architects and everybody in between. If you want to know what inspires them, how they work and how they see the world, this is the podcast for you. The podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Play.
If they were to make a toy action figure of you, what would your accessory be?
Some sort of expandable, multi-dimensional galaxy, in a human form, if we're sticking to the action figure genre!
To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life within the design world has taken?
Thankfully not too much! I made a decision early on to work for myself - whether that was through business ventures or by working as a freelancer. And apart from that, rather than controlling my life within the design world, I have been open to people, ideas, opportunities and failures and have organically enjoyed a varied career over the years.
What would be your dream project?
I haven't thought about it until you've asked and my first thought was some sort of festival of creativity. Something that combines bringing people together, sharing knowledge and inspiration. I was lucky enough to work on the recent Dezeen Day, which thinking about it now, is just that! I've also been recently developing my illustration and a dream project would be to design an alternative music stage for a festival.
What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
Ha, that's a difficult question! I guess I do jump headlong into projects when I see opportunities or have a gut feeling that something is worth doing. I then figure out details, strategise and learn lots whilst I'm already within the process.
If you could go back in time and speak to your adolescent self, what advice would you give them about the design world?
Not to give up on pursuing practical art and design once I was declined a place at Central Saint Martins when I was 18. It took me over 10 years to find the courage to pursue that path again.