“I had good ideas and I wasn't afraid to present them” – how Lydia Pang built her career
The multi-faceted creative director joined D&AD to discuss learning with President Rebecca Wright
Lydia Pang has achieved perhaps all of the key job milestones a creative director might aim for: working at an acclaimed ad agency, media brand, global megabrand, and now setting up her own studio. So, how did Lydia Pang go from working as an art buyer in London, to heading up a large team as a Creative Director at Refinery29 in New York, to leading on brand creative at Nike HQ in Oregon, and most recently, setting up her own studio MORNING from her home in Wales?
Find out in Pang’s conversation with D&AD’s first President from education Rebecca Wright. During the live broadcast event ‘Still Learning Live’, they discussed the learning curves that got Pang where she is, and all the ways in which she is still learning. Pang shares insights into how she shaped her own career, from being led by her values regarding ethical commissioning to making very strategic career moves.
“I would go to brainstorms, I would over deliver, I would offer up ideas when I wasn’t asked, I would put myself in contexts – safe spaces with friends in the industry or in the department – and offer up ideas,” she told Wright. “I made myself very vulnerable in that space because I wanted everyone to know that I had good ideas and I wasn’t afraid to present them”.
Watch this event back above and check out the rest of the Still Learning Live series here.