I graduated with a B Des (industrial design) from Massey/Wellington Polytech in 1999. Two years at Fisher & Paykel appliances followed, which was my first experience of large scale manufacturing. I soon moved on to Formworks Product Design in central Auckland; a small product design consultancy. Industrial design in New Zealand fosters the ‘generalist’. Jack of all trades, master of none. I don’t think it was a conscious decision to specialise in computer based design skills, just one that suited our move overseas.

I worked in house at Designpartners in Ireland for a year, as the vis/rendering guy. They were just getting into rendering, so it was a good fit. Then it was on to London for two years, working in house at Therefore on all sorts of products. We moved back to NZ in 2006 and I established AJDS, working with a range of local and international clients.

Working by yourself can take its toll, so I reached out to Victoria University School of Design and spent a few years tutoring some senior ID papers. Being an avid mountain biker, I also got involved with some local volunteers in the late 2000s, who had just gained permission to build new trails on public land. I’m still helping out with the trails, but less now with 2 kids to keep me busy!

Andrew Jackson.