Growing increasingly frustrated with his studies; Daniel decided to take a break from education and travel to the French Alps for a winter in the mountains. However his previous two years in higher education would not prove entirely redundant, as it had introduced him to the writing of Brian Lawson and design theory - something with which he instantly felt familiar. Upon returning to the UK, Daniel enrolled at the Newcastle School of Architecture.
A continued addiction to animation had now spread to an infatuation with Genndy Tartakovsky's amazing work on 'Samurai Jack', and Daniel was increasingly aware of street wear brands such as 'Bape' gaining notoriety with distinctive illustrated patterns. Continuing to work on self-initiated projects as a form of self-indulgent therapy; taking influence from his interest he incorporated the idea of non-uniform illustrated patterns on projects such as painting his snowboard helmet.
An academic education in design proved an ideal vehicle to introduce a formal understanding of creative thinking. Through problem based learning, he was able to practice core skills such as concept development, interpreting a brief, professional responsibility and client relationships - all of which would prove useful in the future.
Wrist deep in technical drawing at this time; Daniel would develop an appreciation for the quality of line and the economy of working with ones hands. Armed with a new understanding of the visual vernacular, he would continue to experiment with character illustrations in his own time; redacting facial compositions to recognisable forms, combining the expression of hand with the gestures present in formal drawing.
Upon Graduating, our protagonist set out to gain hands-on experience within a professional setting, electing to stay in the North. To maximize his responsibilities, he took on a position at a well established practice of modest size in the centre on Newcastle working on a range of projects, from community builds, housing and private developments. Although this presented great experience; Daniel became frustrated with the lack of ambition in much of the day-to-day work and found that he was spending an increasing amount of time on creative endeavours.