Student Designer Ollie Williamson shares his thoughts on product design in the real world one month in to his new role.
At Design Reality it is safe to say that, as a student designer, you are not tasked with doing the jobs that no one else wants to do. From my first day with the company, the emphasis was that I will be doing real world work and that I am a member of the design team. As well as this, it was stressed that over the next year I will be learning about, and trained in, many of the skills a designer needs, building off my existing skills that I have gained from university.
I am a workplace student studying Product Design and Technology at Loughborough University. While joining a design consultancy could feel like quite a leap after a couple of years at university, the team at Design Reality have been very welcoming and always willing to help; this has made it very easy to settle in and get to work. During the first few weeks I was given my own design tasks to get me used to how the company works and especially the 3D printing facilities and capabilities. Since this I have been involved in an on-going design project and given a new project where I have been tasked with the initial research, ideation and prototyping. These projects have allowed me to quickly develop my skills and learn new ones, especially how to use SOLIDWORKS CAD, an important design tool.
One of the great things about Design Reality is that everyone is willing to help and consider your ideas as part of the design and development process; the available knowledge and support is invaluable to helping me design better products, not just for university but also during my placement year and beyond.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my first month at Design Reality and I am looking forward to the rest of the year, during which I hope to expand my skills in electronics, injection moulding, project management and material science, to mention a few.