Where did you study and what was the course title?
Nottingham Trent University – Product Design BA (Hons) course tutor Paul Kennea
Creative mission statement
I am a highly motivated and passionate designer, driven by creating innovative solutions that will make a difference. I am driven by my ambition to positively contribute to solving real world problems with simple yet functional and inclusive designs.
How did you feel about winning a Colour in Design Award – what does it mean to you?
I am so thrilled to have been selected for a Colour Design Award and to be able to share my work with everyone. It makes me so excited, and I really hope that it can help me to put my designs into use and help to make a positive difference to others around me.
What inspires your creative process?
I would say that I am massively inspired by my surroundings from both people and environments. This recent project, tactiles, was inspired by a personal experience; I have always worked with children from summer camps to the classroom but I recently found myself in a situation where I could not effectively communicate with a child at the summer camp, I tried everything and I just couldn’t get any response from them, I felt completely helpless and this is where the idea began.
What do you want to do next?
I am currently looking for a job within the Design Industry, I am looking to further develop my skills and gather more experience as well as thinking about ways I can build upon my final university projects tactiles and una.
Creative high point?
I was lucky enough to work for Nestle in Switzerland during my placement year which was an unbelievable experience but was unfortunately cut short due to the pandemic. But also completing my two projects in my final year of uni, UNA and tactiles, both of which come with their challenges, has been a highlight. It has made me so proud that I have been able to create 2 tangible products that will make a difference to those around me, and now to win this award has definitely been a high.
Creative low point?
I think the hardest creative challenge has been this past year, being stuck in your bedroom trying to complete your degree from one room with very limited access to university facilities and a lack of that studio environment where you can just sit and bounce ideas of coursemates and tutors has been extremely tough.
One person during your studies/life who has really made a difference to you?
I don’t think I can pick out one person, so many people around me have had a huge impact on me throughout my studies and life including friends, family and tutors. They have all been there to support me in the highs and lows and I am forever grateful.
This is such a tough question but if I had to pick just one it would have to be blue, but I love things bright and colourful!
Image credits: Lucy Glover and Julian Hughes