Product Designer

Personal Background Information

Product Designer

Hinesh Mistry,  Product Designer,  Thomas Dudley Ltd.

PERSONAL VIEW

  • I think design and technology is a very valuable subject for young people to study as it’s a great subject to be creative in. You get the opportunity to design virtually anything and then get to make it, using laser cutters and 3D printers, which other subject could you do that in?
  • I would recommend this role because you get to see your ideas come to life, literally from sketches to the final product which is very rewarding in itself.
  • I like the fact that one day I could be designing one thing, then the next day I could be designing something completely different which you wouldn’t normally do in most other jobs. I also enjoy when you get to the prototyping stage of a project when you get to make it and try it out for the first time.
  • The advice I would give is to keep sketching and never give up thinking about ideas. It may take a while to come up with a solution to a design problem, but when you get it, it’s definitely worth it. It’s also important to keep sharing and discussing your ideas as it could make your initial idea even better.

MY JOB

Overview:

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.

Key Activities:

  • Product design, involving concept sketching (using pen and paper), development, presentations, 3D CAD modelling (using SOLIDWORKS), rendering (using Keyhsot) and engineering drawings
  • Liaising with suppliers
  • Working with other departments

Personal skills

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.

FROM SCHOOL……..

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.

…….TO WORK

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!