Meet the team - Johan Shufiyan

by Johan Shufiyan – Jul 28, 2021

Where has your career taken you so far?

I started my career at an advertising agency in Kuala Lumpur, producing tv and print campaigns for big brands like Celcom (Malaysia’s largest telco), Volkswagen and LaFarge. I would have never have thought that I would end up working in London. Even though it has already been four years, working in London hasn’t lost its charm.

What does your role at Wardour involve?

I conceptualise and bring articles to life with eye-catching layouts, illustrations and images, be it in print or digital form so that they stand out from the clutter of all the content out there.

What are some of the most exciting projects you’ve worked on at Wardour?

Working on The RSA Journal and Antenna magazine is always challenging but rewarding at the same time. I get to explore different ideas and collaborate with artists and model makers to create cool things like money sculptures and wooden automata.

What do you like most about working for Wardour?

The Wardour family makes a good team and are great to work with. I get to work on a variety of projects which are different from one another.

When you’re not designing great content what do you like doing?

I’ve always enjoyed photography and I do street photography in my free time. Lately I’ve been exploring film photography.

What’s the best and worst thing about office life?

Worst – commuting when it’s crowded.

Best – commuting when it’s more relaxed, and lunchtime walks where I get to walk around London and take pictures of people and architecture.

What’s your favourite ‘task’ at work and why?

To come up with cover ideas for a magazine/book. The cover has to be eye-catching and stand out to captivate readers to want to pick it up and read it. And also to work on an ad and social campaign for a client.

Who is your role model, and why?

Sean Tucker and Alan Schaller. They take great photographs.

If a movie were made about you, who would you like to play you, and why?

Henry Golding from Crazy Rich Asians and The Gentleman. I’ve worked with him on a tv commercial before and people say I look like him. Or should I say... he looks like me.

What’s your first memory of working at Wardour, or highlight of your time here so far?

Waiting for Ben at the reception for my interview. It was my first time in a London office.

Surprise us! Tell us something your fellow Wardour team members might not know about you.

I’m the first great grandson of Malaysia’s first prime minister.

Wardour is my first agency in London.

I was born in London but grew up in Malaysia.

Published Jul 28, 2021

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