I most enjoy the broad scope of briefs, industries and fields of design disciplines explored within the projects we undertake.
More about Joe
Placement company: Webb deVlam
What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU?
“I most enjoy the broad scope of briefs, industries and fields of design disciplines explored within the projects we undertake. They have allowed me to hone my own approach to the design process and gave me a greater understanding of what skillsets I wanted to pursue in addition to the types of design careers that interested me the most.
“Tutors often offer valuable feedback and criticism of work from an industry-validated perspective; drawing upon their own knowledge of the industries and projects they maintain involvement within. A similar industry-centred approach with technical staff enables designs and prototypes to be fabricated to a professional level utilising CNC machining, water jet cutting and other production processes used within industry.
How did you spend your placement year?
“I undertook my twelve-month placement with Webb deVlam, a strategic brand design agency with offices in London, Chicago and Singapore, working on projects for both large multinational corporations and small start-ups. As part of the 3D design team I worked alongside experienced and talented colleagues in producing concepts and developing projects through sketching, CAD modelling and visualisations among many other typical design tasks. The placement provided invaluable insight into the inner-workings of a design consultancy, which have since been applicable to my final year of studies.
“My placement year not only provided me with the platform to enhance my design and software skills but also put them into practice in a time-efficient manner, with deadlines on consultancy work often being paramount in the process of a project. Whilst I was familiar with programs such as the Adobe Creative Suite, Solidworks and KeyShot prior to undertaking my placement, the utilisation of these programs on a daily basis has allowed me to develop an even greater understanding and proficiency.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
“You should try to tackle each new brief with your portfolio in mind. This way you’ll develop a unique and personal style and approach to the design process. Doing so will ensure any prospective employees viewing your work get an understanding for your key strengths whilst allowing you to focus on the design skills you are most successful with i.e. sketching, modelling, testing etc.”