Dan Mumford is an illustrator, designer, and art director at Studio Dan Mumford Limited. He has over 13 years of experience working within the pop culture and music scene creating everything from album covers, branding, and screenprints to new interpretations of classic film posters and albums. Mumford clients include Disney, Hasbro, Apple, Adobe, Sony, and many other brands, bands, and record labels from around the world

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

I grew up just outside of London, It was a fairly normal childhood until my mother passed away when I was around 17. That certainly added an element of drive to my personality, it made me grow up very quickly.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

To enjoy the moment and not stress out as much about the little things.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

I don’t think I really have much bad to say here. I think generally the community around my work is pretty open and helpful. Some people might have differing advice, but generally, I think the community normally is very helpful.

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?

Well, when I was younger and my mother passed away. That was a very dark time, not easy at all. But I went and pushed it all into creative outlets, music, and art. And that’s something that I still have to this day, energy to keep creating. I think that comes from back then definitely.

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

I am very good at keeping on top of the administrative side of things. Project management, emails, etc. I know that can be quite hard for some, but I weirdly enjoy making sure things neatly work together. Like a puzzle. I think that has enabled me to be quite successful over the past 10 years.

What is your morning routine?

It varies. But generally, I get up around 8 am, do some small morning stretches/exercise at home. Then walk to my studio to work for around 8-9 hours. It depends on the day but that’s generally what I do. Being freelance means I don’t have to stick to that though, and I don’t generally work at the weekends. I try and keep that free.

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

I think it would have to be drawing. That’s something I have done since I was small, and it defined my life and career.

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

Scheduling things out properly, having a plan for the week, and keeping notes of what you have going on. It really is important for me that I have a clear idea of what’s coming up on the schedule, and it means that everything gets done on time normally!

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

I think it would be more appropriate for me to twist this question to include comics and graphic novels. I always read lots of books as a kid, but I also read a lot of comics. And realistically, it’s the comic side of things that influenced my life. The visuals and composition of the pages helped steer me into the path I have taken in my career. Comics very much defined what I wanted to do with my life and work. Tell stories through artwork.

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

– Not particularly. I try not to be defined by any mantras or anything like that. But I do tend to lean on the more optimistic side of things…’ whatever will be will be.’ And I look at that as a good thing normally, I try and find the positives in most situations.

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

I think it would be more appropriate for me to twist this question to include comics and graphic novels. I always read lots of books as a kid, but I also read a lot of comics. And realistically, it’s the comic side of things that influenced my life. The visuals and composition of the pages helped steer me into the path I have taken in my career. Comics very much defined what I wanted to do with my life and work. Tell stories through artwork.

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

Not particularly. I try not to be defined by any mantras or anything like that. But I do tend to lean on the more optimistic side of things…’ whatever will be will be.’ And I look at that as a good thing normally, I try and find the positives in most situations.