Workwhile Questions with Mark Goss

Head, heart, hand, and hustle. Find out what makes artist and designer Mark Goss tick in the March edition of Workwhile Questions.


1) What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Waking up and being on my own schedule.

2) What is your greatest fear?

Missing out.

3) Which living person do you most admire?

Right now, Grayson Perry.

4) What is your greatest extravagance?


5) What is your current state of mind?



6) What do you consider the most overrated trend in design?

Naively written lettering. Following trends.

7) Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

 Sorry. (But I am British...)

8) What piece of work do you wish you’d done yourself?

Anything by James Jean. 

9) What is your dream project?

To have my own gallery and shop.

10) What do you consider your greatest achievement?

That I've managed to make my incessant drawing into some kind of a career.


11) What is your most useful tool you use for your craft?

A brushpen.

12) What do you do to get out of a creative rut?

Flick through a book or a magazine, watch a documentary or go to a museum.

13) What would you do if you weren’t a designer?

I'd like to be a carpenter or something else where I need to use my hands and be logical.

14) What makes you unique as a designer?

My style is ingrained in everything I do so I hope that gives it uniqueness.

15) What do you most value in a client?

Clarity and the ability to be open.


16) What do you most value in a collaborator?


17) Who are your professional inspirations?

James Jean, Mike Giant, Scott Campbell.

18) Which historical or fictional figure do you most identify with?

I'm not sure about this one, so if in doubt, always be Batman!

19) Who are your heroes in real life?

My wife, my daughter.

20) What is your greatest regret?

Having regrets.

21) What is your motto?

Remember the four H's: Head, Heart, Hand and Hustle.

“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.”
—John Ruskin, 1859