Next move: design management experience.
My take on design: To lower costs & increase value, and the journey to make it happen.
Value isn't always material, it can be emotional, perceived, personal & cultural.
Understanding people is key to understanding design.
To pursue design management experience, & be directly involved with my clients.
I believe it is the designer’s main objective to add value without adding cost.
Drivers License: Code A & B
Contact Number: +27 79 513 3001
Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool - 1997
Matriculated with exemption
Unisa - 1998
New Horizons - 1999
Hatfield Business College
Visual Basic Advanced
HTML, XML, SQL, ASP, A+
University of Johannesburg - 2007
National Diploma in Industrial Design
2012 – CURRENT
Energy House Designs specializes in retail design, architecture, and my duties ranged from assisting the director at client briefing sessions in capturing the brief, through the conceptualizing phase, free-hand sketching, model-making & prototyping where necessary, including presentation, renderings (including distributed rendering where applicable), engineering drawings, sketch plans & working drawings.
Each designer including myself did their own site surveys, so traveling to remote parts of the country was not unusual. To do this I had to liaise with the relevant architect for the building, obtain base plans, and conduct an accurate "as-built” survey to render it in 3D according to our concept & design. This way the 3D rendering was not only accurate, but often could be used to generate the engineering drawings, reducing design time.
Clients & team members needed to be updated continually on the status of various processes, and having a personal system in place to keep everyone up to date was a critical step, which while simple, needed to be done regularly, on time, and thoroughly.
My duties included:
Prototyping & testing
Included the following hands-on experience:
Council submissions & submission tracking
Industrial Designer |
2008 – 2011
My responsibilities as a designer at ALCLAD start with attending meetings with the sales team where I would listen to their needs. Where possible, I would sketch rough concept sketches to assess general design & functional direction, and establish finishes & budgets. Professional clients would give me a budget, where they don’t, an estimate is usually agreed upon. A post-sales meeting is held to establish a written brief that is signed by the client.
My concept sketches together with the brief are taken to the design studio & submitted into the design system process. Initial concepts are refined; concept may be added, & presented to the rest of the design team for critique. Thereafter, I present them in presentation format to the client.
Once they approve a chosen concept, it is modeled in CAD and rendered with product, logos / artwork with correct finishes applied & sent/presented to the client with a costing for approval.
After signed approval is obtained from the client, the concept is engineered in detail & software analysis is done as needed. A full set of engineering drawings with GA’s, exploded views & details drawings are completed.
A hand-over meeting is arranged with the factory/suppliers/manufacturers. Progress is tracked, and issues are resolved to ensure the design isn't watered down due to manufacturing constraints. I visit relevant factories to sign off manufactured components & maintain good supplier relations.
When the prototype has been manufactured, final issues are resolved, testing takes placed and revisions are done to ensure a polished prototype is achieved.
Once the client signs of the working prototype (operation, general aesthetics, finishes, colour, correct use of CI etc.) the full run is produced.
My duties included:
Stress Analysis (using Solid Edge)
Prototyping & testing
Material Sourcing & testing
Client pre-sales interaction, brief writing & presentation
2004 – 2007
Student at the industrial design department, assisted in maintaining the computer lab.
Call Center Representative – SA Tourism |
2003 – 2006
Handle queries from all English speaking countries across the world, being impartial was key. I learnt many invaluable communication skills, including the need to be diplomatic, since many visitors had misconceived or outdated information regarding South Africa. More than once, I had to deal with contentious callers and learn how to defuse the situation. Most of all, I had to quickly assess callers needs, be brief & to the point, and manage calls instead of them managing me.
CAD Rendering + Distributed Rendering
Proficient in the following software packages:
Solid Edge V12 – ST4 - 7 Years
Corel Suite (Draw, Photopaint, 8 – X6 - 10 Years
Rhino - 3 Years
AutoCAD 2004 - 2013 - 4 Years
Sketchup - 2 years
Vray - 2 years
Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint)
1st Line desktop support (software & hardware support)
Qualified Computer Technician
Bicycle wheel builder & technician
Rob Michie Tel. (011) 613-4017
University of Johannesburg
Phill Oosthuizen Tel. (011) 559-1022
Caroline Versnel Tel. (011) 461 9000