Hey, I'm Richard!
I like to create beautiful design work. Beautiful in both function and aesthetics, by balancing product innovation and engineering knowledge. I am a Product Design and Manufacture Graduate (MEng) from the University of Nottingham. A creative person, a problem solver with a passion for all stages of the design process from concept generation to manufacture, always aiming to provide outstanding user experiences. Specialties include ideation, sketching (both traditionally and digitally) as well as product development techniques, visualisation and CAD to produce innovative solutions.
Travel. Traveling has always been a part of my life as I was raised in Gabon (West Africa) and Brunei (Asia). Since then I have jumped at every opportunity to experience a new place, new cultures and new people. I believe these experiences inspire new ways of thinking, and have helped me to develop my creativity.
Snowsports. Skiing is a fairly recent hobby of mine as I started in my 3rd year of University, and was the Design Sec for the Snowsports Society by 4th year. This required me to design original content (See graphics tab) to give the society a brand identity, advertise snowsport events and also attract potential new members. It was a great position that combined two of my passions.
WORK EXPERIENCE AND EMPLOYMENT
Zeon Ltd - Junior Designer - London - Present
Part of the Herald group, Zeon Ltd is the UK’s largest importer and distributor of timepieces, with annual sales of over 2.5 million timepieces represent approximately 13% of total watch sales in the UK. Zeon is the largest licensee and distributor of character timepieces in Europe and one of the biggest in the world.
As a junior Designer my duties and responsibilities include:
Completing market research, trend and mood board creation.
Producing attractive and accurate Illustrator CADs for client presentation.
Completing CADs with specifications and material references for costing and manufacture.
Working closely with the Senior Designer to formulate initial ideas on product offer and trends for the season.
Designing a range or part of a range working with or without supervision.
Supporting other members of the team to help manage workloads and priorities.
Working across other brands/departments where the business requires.
Tin Horse - Product Design Consultancy – Marlborough – August 2011
I was set the task of designing a reusable mug/cup for three potential users; the businessperson, the student and the quick service restaurant user. I thoroughly enjoyed the design aspect to this task, as well as interacting with potential consumers.
Delcam - CAD Supplier - Birmingham - July 2011
I developed two ring concepts using Delcams PowerSHAPE CAD software which I 3D printed using two different printing methods.
O2 - UX / UI Design Work Placement - Slough - December 2015
In order to broaden by design knowledge I undertook a short placement at O2 to gain an insight into how UI digital design affects its customers, and the processes involved.
Smithsonian Institute – Gabon (West Africa) – July 2013
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute researches, and provides data for studies of biodiversity. While working for the Institute I set up infrared cameras in multiple locations within the Gabonese forest to photograph elephants and track their movements. I also learnt to work with people who have a distinctly different cultural background.
OPERATIONS AND ACCOUNTS
Cory Shipping Brothers – Clarke Quay (Singapore) - July to September 2011
Over the summer of 2011 I worked for Cory Shipping Brothers in Singapore. I worked in the operations department, which required me to interact with a variety of vessel captains, and handled the documents necessary for clearance and cargo operations at the oil terminals as well as crew matters along other duties.
Clive Chapman Architects – Twickenham – July 2010
I worked on a project redesigning the window frames for an apartment in Twickenham.
5A* 3A 2B
2011 - 2015 University of Nottingham
Product Design and Manufacture (MEng)
Graduated with 2:1
Modules completed include:
Manufacturing Process Capability, Near Net Shape,, Automated, Sustainable and Lean Manufacture, Conservation and Recycling of Materials, Cognitive Ergonomics, Management Studies 1 & 2.
Course Director - Simon Harrison