The one thing I learned whilst at Uni, was that you had to balance the work with the play, especially when involved with creative design – Obviously you need to work hard, but I found that when I had fun, I worked better, and that showed through my project work.
There is a lot I took away with me from Aston. Some of the key skills that have helped me to get to where I am now are:
- Project management and co-ordination
- Crafting and model making
- Techniques to come up with different and effective creative ideas.
I think my most memorable time at Uni was my final year. It was during this period where I had the opportunity to exercise some really creative projects, and was able to encompass the technical knowledge I had learned during my placement year. I was also part of the Aston Design Show committee, and was chosen to represent Aston University at New Designers 2010 – and again, this was a very chaotic but exciting period to be involved in, where I helped to organise, create promotional media, and successfully execute the Aston Design Show, and then do the same for when we exhibited at New Designers.
After graduating from Aston I was offered a job as a creative industrial packaging designer at Case New Holland. My responsibilities include: Execution of designs from initial conceptual stage all the way through to final production, continuous communication with clients and project representatives to ensure all specification requirements are met, undertaking product improvement and product quality checks, creating 2D graphical presentations and 3D photo-realistic visuals in order to secure large client contracts, multiple project planning and co-ordination to ensure every project is delivered successfully to meet the specified time constraints.