I am currently an undergraduate Product Design student at the University of Brighton, which has allowed me to carry on my keen interest and passion for design and technology. This drives me to have developed an eye for detail and meeting user needs, which I was able to transfer into work experiences in marketing, engineering and hospitality. I enjoyed communicating with people constructively, working in a team, time managing/organising and being aware of risks and precautions in the environment I work in. I approach every situation with a positive and open-minded attitude as my confident and outgoing personality, allows me to flourish in environments where interaction and communication with co-workers and potential clients are key.
Alongside my degree, I run and founded a music events collective called POLAR in Brighton. The project provided a platform for local up and coming underground DJs to perform at clubs and unique spaces around Brighton. As a team, we always looked into being more creative with our use of space and environment for our events, which has led us to develop a string of pop-up events in the past, taking place in the weird nooks and wonderful crannies Brighton has to offer. From barbers to burger bars, vintage stores to delis, if we can squeeze a sound system in it, we've been there and certainly left our mark. Predominantly amongst the team, I am in charge of the brand's design/imagery, artist/venue bookings and on-the-day event management. Throughout the project, I and the rest of the team have always prided ourselves of securing strong connections with well-established venues and gained recognition from established entities within the music industry.
For my industrial placement year, I worked as a User Experience Designer for Zebra Technologies. As a valuable member of the design team, I was involved in a range of projects which required close planning, organising meetings and clear communication throughout. I was mostly involved in the development and iteration of the UI of Zebra’s apps, webpage and products. This allowed me to develop an acute sensitivity to the finer details and an ongoing awareness of the brand's identity, by maintaining consistent quality throughout the designs. The nature of UX has also increased my awareness of how a user interacts with the design. I now carry this thought process forward into any task or project, where the customer’s or user’s needs are the main priority.
Before going into my university years, I was able to secure some voluntary work experience with the marketing team at Adobe, where I gained a valuable insight into what it was like working in a well established corporate business. I worked closely on assessing and developing web and magazine adverts while enhancing my skills with Adobe software. I comfortably communicated with peers and customers, through attending meetings, events and hearings.
This broad design course allowed me to explore the theory and practice behind product design. Working through a series of projects, I learned the process of creating valuable ideas for people, while studying the latest human-centred design methods. Each year of the course was centred on four core themes – product research, product ideation, product development and product launch – in which you take a product from concept to completion. Working in this way allowed me to gain practical experience in product design while building a large creative skill set and enhancing my design thought process year on year.