Since graduating from the Sheffield Institute of Arts in 2018 with a 1st class honours degree in product design, I’ve gone on to develop patented products for the construction industry as well as see my first product, the SW1 spinning wheel, receive recognition from various industry awards and reputable companies such as Hole & Corner magazine and online retailer, made.com

Today, I work as a professional product designer in Sheffield whilst continuing to pursue my own practice. View my career to date below, or download a pdf copy of my CV here.

August 2018 - Present

Returning to the Ideas and Innovation department working solely as project lead on multiple new product development projects has allowed me to further my knowledge and experience of commercial design, manufacturing processes and materials in this heavily creative, engineering based role. During my time here I took on the development of the 3rd generation of FAST TRAK ™ products, which involved combining a range of briefs into one core product for the global construction markets that Gripple operate in. The project was heavily invested in by the company, and new manufacturing processes and machinery were put in place off the back of a compelling design.

Gripple Ltd/Loadhog Ltd

September 2016 - September 2017

Taking a year out of study to work in industry with Sheffield based sister companies Gripple and Loadhog was my first experience of commercial design. Focusing on solving commercial problems, the role involved ideation of concepts and seeing those right through to production and eventually into the hands of the customers. My most successful contribution was the creation of the Cable Basket Clip, a product accessory to support the sales of Gripple's new suspension system that is much loved by professional mechanical and electrical contractors. The accessory product was launched in the autumn of 2017 and has gone on to be sold in the hundreds of thousands of units across Gripple's global markets.

2018

Made.com TalentLAB Collection 04 - SUKŌCHI: WALL & SUKŌCHI: PENDANT

Craeftiga Award -  Final Shortlist

'New Designers - One To Watch' - Hole & Corner

Arts & Crafts Design Award Winner - Merit Award

'Great Northern Graduate  - GNCCF

Associate Member - Chartered Society of Designers

"A real eye for product design" - Stephen Briars, Creative Director, The Conran Shop.

Awards/Recognition

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