How I Got Here

Leading creatives look back on the ups and downs of their careers

How I Got Here: Daniel Liévano

The artist and author delves into his philosophically minded approach to creativity, including the importance of solitude and his attempt to translate the metaphorical “magic” of Haruki Murakami

How I Got Here: Alicia Cheng

Designer, author and now head of design at the Met, Alicia Cheng discusses a career spent in the cultural sphere – from setting up an all-women design collective to the thrill of moving people through an exhibition space

How I Got Here: Hillary Coe, AKQA

Designer, drag racer and analogue astronaut Hillary Coe has joined AKQA as principal of experience, following a position as director of design at SpaceX. She talks to us about creating roles for herself that didn’t exist and embedding adventure into her life and work

How I Got Here: Zak Kyes

Graphic designer and creative director Zak Kyes has brought ideas to life for publications, cultural institutions, and modern day visionaries like Frank Ocean and Virgil Abloh. He talks to us about his journey

How I Got Here: Raul Aguila

From the New York Times to Esquire, Raul Aguila has cut his teeth at some of the biggest names in magazines. As he unveils one of his most exciting projects to date, a redesign of Variety to mark its 115th anniversary, the designer discusses what he’s learned along the way

How I Got Here: Joseph Rodriguez

As a taxi driver in the 70s and 80s, photographer Joseph Rodriguez captured the intensity of New York City from the driver’s seat. He talks to us about his childhood, learning from the greats, and his ‘get close’ mantra

How I Got Here: Brian Rea

Modern Love illustrator Brian Rea recounts a childhood filled with stories, shares the struggles of embracing his style and tells CR why words have gained a new importance for him later in his career

How I Got Here: Forest Young

Wolff Olins’ first global chief creative officer discusses his circuitous path to creativity, and why he believes failure is the secret ingredient for success

Metatronia film for Uniqlo by Droga5

How I Got Here: Shelley Smoler, Droga5

Droga5’s newly appointed executive creative director Shelley Smoler talks to us about how growing up in South Africa shapes her work, tapping into culture, and learning the importance of bravery in advertising