Work – Flat Pack Stool
During the year of 2014 I had started studying towards my Master of Design at Massey University in Wellington. My project was looking into the export of primary produce from NZ to China. My resulting design solution was a full concept system, titled ‘Rethinking Refrigerated Containment: a new vision of refrigerated exports’. I was fortunate enough to win the Gold pin at the Best Design awards in 2015 for my project.
The project can be viewed here: http://thingsbywill.com/things#/masters-project/
From there I took on the role as Head of Design at Action Manufacturing in Hamilton, designing everything from motorhomes and large commercial trucks to mobile medical units and St John’s Frontline Ambulances. I also did some lecturing in product design at AUT in Auckland and a few freelance marine boat design projects.
I have now moved to London! My partner and I have been traveling around Portugal and Spain the last few months while we look for career opportunities here in London.
The Student Craft & Design Awards was the start of many exciting things for me as a designer. It was recognition that my work and design thinking was valid not only in the education realm, but also in the commercial world. My recommendation to any students out there with a project is to work hard and get your work out there. There is nothing to lose, but everything to gain.