Having graduated from Bournemouth University with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Product Design, I embarked on my next challenge! Moving to beautiful Wiltshire, I begun working for Dyson in September 2014 and have been loving it since. As a world-class technology company, Dyson offers amazing opportunity for a career kick-start and professional development for graduates.
Working in a fast paced, ever changing and ideas driven environment continuously keeps me inspired to push the progression of my work, and working with world-class designers and engineers is giving me great experience to further my potential.
My 13 month placement at the iconic British lighting brand Anglepoise gave me huge opportunity to develop both personally and professionally.
I thrive on challenges and being fully involved with exciting, fast paced projects. From developing products with design legends such as Sir Kenneth Grange or designing/ project managing multiple international exhibition stands for design shows such as Euroluce in Milan and M&O in Paris, to producing engineering drawings for bespoke stage lighting projects used in Steve Hackett‘s Genesis Re-Visited Tour.
Approached by the stage designer for Steve Hackett’s Genesis Re-Visited Tour, we jumped at the opportunity to do something special with Anglepoise’s popular speciality product – the Giant1227 Floor Lamp. Working to an extremely short schedule and rapidly approaching deadline, I fully re-built the 3D models of the Giant1227 in Solidworks and produced over 30 engineering drawings for the custom parts we were specifying.
Throughout my time at Anglepoise I was heavily involved with the company presence at global design exhibitions such as Maison&Objet in France, Design Junction in London and Euroluce Design Fair in Milan. Responsible for the design and preparation of all stands, as well as project managing 2 of the international shows and overseeing the build of all stands. This opportunity to travel, see the latest industry trends as an exhibitor and talk with like-minded people was amazing.
My design/ build for the global Euroluce design fair:
Responsible for the specification, detailed design and prototyping of products, instructions, packaging and images across the entire range, I was deeply involved in brand discussions and gained significant experience of the complex and exciting designer product industry.
Throughout my entire placement I was working on a currently confidential ongoing collaboration with a luxury British brand, responsible for the detailed 3D modelling and specification of the product; my task was not only to aid the design of the product, but realise the assembly, production techniques and tolerances to the smallest detail. This was an extremely exciting opportunity for me to get involved with my passion for engineering a physical product from an idea, taking the design from the computer and to manufacture.
I was also heavily involved in two primary phases of product photography of the entire range of Anglepoise products, from set build to camera assistant and set breakdown. I learnt a significant deal about the methods that go into the valuable asset of fantastic product photographs and worked with talented professionals – Martin Gardner (Photo) and Emma Hooton (Stylist).
My 13 months at Anglepoise taught me a huge amount, spurred on my passion for design and engineering while all the time developing me rapidly into the further motivated, ambitious person I am today.