I've just had a sudden and somewhat sobering thought. Next year, in 2018, it will be 20 years since I graduated from the University of Salford. As I've mentioned in previous blog posts I was incredibly lucky to land a job in the design industry immediately after my three years of studying at Salford came to an end. So it follows that next year I'll have been working as a design professional for 2 decades... I'm not sure if that's properly sunk in yet.
I feel like I'm on a never-ending quest; and a very enjoyable one at that. I learn new things every day. I'm always reassessing the way I work and I make changes where I feel they will be of benefit to me and to my clients. I build relationships with new clients, suppliers and manufacturers and I nurture those that I already have. At the end of each day I feel like I know more than I did the day before... and long may it continue!
Putting pen (or pencil) to paper and developing new and unique products from a blank sheet of paper is only part of what I do. During my career I have been lucky enough to establish great relationships with manufacturers across the globe. My work as a designer doesn't stop once a concept has been developed and the final presentation has been made to a client. Throughout my work "manufacturability" is at the forefront of my mind. An understanding of the processes, capabilities, restrictions and opportunities involved in manufacturing my designs is key to offering a reliable service, whilst also ensuring uniqueness and differentiation in everything I do. I'm happy to work alongside your existing suppliers, or I can introduce you to new manufacturing partners if required. The factories I work with are familiar with my products, and also with the way I work. In turn, I fully understand their production facilities, processes and capabilities. Together this ensures a positive outcome to every project I undertake.
Simply put, I can take your ideas and turn them into finished products with as little fuss as possible.
Whatever your design requirement, from one-off prototypes to bespoke single-item production, to serial mass production, I'm here to help. If you'd like to find out more about how we can work together on projects large or small, please get in touch and I'll be happy to have a chat through your requirements.