Hinesh Mistry, Product Designer, Thomas Dudley Ltd.
As a product designer my job is basically to come up with solutions to problems. I look to design products that are desirable and are functionally sound.
My work environment is based around an office which I share with other designers. It’s important that we work as a team as the more creative people there are, the better the designs will be. Generally I work from my desk, however with the nature of design, I have to go to other departments quite regularly, such as tooling, testing and quality. I also meet suppliers to discuss certain components of products, which is good as you get to see lots of manufacturers, suppliers and meet loads of different people.
For my job I believe you need to be self-motivated, creative, be able to listen to others and most of all be passionate about your own work. You also need to be able to work independently, and in a team when being a designer.
At GCSE I studied engineering which I quite liked but I found it quite rigid sometimes. At A-level I went on to do Product design, maths and history where I particularly enjoyed product design. Following on from my A-levels I went on to do Product Design at the University of Huddersfield.
I really enjoyed D&T at school which is why I carried it throughout A-level and then on to a degree level. It’s a lot of work but I definitely think it was worth it, as now I am working at Thomas Dudley designing plastic components and castings for the foundry. I have been at Thomas Dudley for just over a year and I never thought I would be designing the insides of toilets, but that’s the nature of design – you never know what you are going to do!