In addition to my professional title as industrial designer, titles like design thinker, researcher, inventor, modeler, artisan and coworker are all fitting to define the extent of my work. My mission as an industrial designer, is to bring valuable products into this world, i.e. products that helps shape a better, funnier, cooler lifestyle, as well as products that makes our lives easier, whether it being a lamp that improves visual conditions for your eyes when working late hours or a shoe that tights itself.
I love being in contact with people; learning about their story and their view on life through listening and conversing. I strive to get acquainted with their needs, but also to help discover and locate new challenges in their lifestyle.
The fact that my design can help increase quality of the lives of other people, is the most motivating factor of my work as an industrial designer, even as a human being. For example by working with the welfare sector to design an operational device, that should increase comfort for doctors and nurses by limiting the physical strains of patients (undergoing femur operations), which in turn contributes to increase the annual amount of femur operations, since the operation time with use of this device can be shortened significantly. The fact that some of my work can have such a significant effect on the circumstances of operations, changing them for the better, is the biggest approval in my profession as designer and is very rewarding for me as a human being.
Through my studies at Design school Kolding (DSKD) I have done and dealt with a lot of different projects and challenges. With design, my primary focus is functionality and due to that I like to experiment and test functional solutions. I bring an idea to life through sketching, I develop it by 3D modelling, and finally I improve my understanding of the idea by exploring materials, e.g. in a physical sense by building a model.
Collaboration and teamwork are extremely important components of a meaningful design process. Conversing with teachers and fellow students, discussions and feedback rounds are in my opinion elementary for development and progress. When I work in teams I am committed, I feel responsibility and I contribute with curiosity, I take initiative and I know when to step in and out of the leadership role. To be a part of a design team is truly inspiring and motivating; when I am part of one, I am constantly interested in learning new things and being challenged by others.
Currently engaged in the final year of my Master's degree in Industrial Design at Design School Kolding, Denmark
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