I graduated with a Bachelor of Design (industrial design) from The School of Design, Wellington (Massey) 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. In 2003 my wife and I decided to head overseas, which incidentally coincided with my move to specialise in computer-based design skills.
I worked at Design Partners 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 at Therefore on all sorts of products. We moved back to NZ in 2006 and I established AJ Design Studio Ltd, working with a range of local and international clients. The timezone difference ended up being advantageous and I continued to work for Design Partners and Therefore from New Zealand.
Over the years my work has become more locally based. I have worked with Formway Design Studio since 2006 on several seating projects. I enjoy working alongside the designers there; understanding their ideas and helping to develop designs. I have also worked with Methven for over 10 years, producing several hundred renderings of their products.
Working by yourself can take its toll, so I reached out to the Victoria University School of Design and spent a few years tutoring a few 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!
I have recently started to create video tutorials of surface modelling techniques in Solidworks. I guess this is my way of giving something back, as I have learnt a lot from the online community over the years.