Industrial Designer, Fi Innovations, Invercargill
Bachelor of Design in Product Design
He loves the variety his career offers, says AUT design alumnus Haydn Jack who is now an industrial designer at Fi Innovations, New Zealand’s leading additive manufacturing and composites specialists.
“We’re doing some cool things with 3D printing and I love managing my own clients and products from around the country, while also being involved in the latest additive manufacturing technology which is pretty dynamic.”
A passionate cyclist, Haydn moved to Invercargill to pursue his track cycling career and joined Fi Innovations in early 2021. Before making the big move to Southland, he applied his product design skills as a junior industrial designer at MWDesign in Hamilton, followed by three rewarding years as a designer at industrial design consultancy Blender in Auckland.
His hard work and creativity certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed, and throughout his career so far Haydn has received a number of prestigious design awards for projects he has been involved in.
Some of the recent achievements he is especially proud of include being involved in projects that received an Australian Good Design Award (Huski Wine Cooler, 2019; Micropod Starter Kit, 2020) and a Best Design Award (Huski Wine Cooler, Silver, 2019; Micropod Starter Kit, Silver, 2019; Micropod Starter Kit Packaging, Gold, 2019; Fastmount Stratlock Panel Clip System, Silver, 2020).
Prepared for the future of design
He has always been interested in art and design, Haydn says.
“I chose to study product design after topping my design class in high school, and decided to study an area I was passionate and curious about. I found AUT an attractive option with its industry contacts, resources, and seasoned lecturers.”
It’s a decision he hasn’t regretted.
“The course content allowed me to fall in love with the variety of work opportunities in the design industry. I also loved the intimate class size and the studio spaces we were given to work in.
“AUT has its finger on the pulse of design, which is an especially dynamic industry. The workshops and studios make use of the latest technology for designers to make their ideas a reality. With strong connections and staff within the industry, alongside some game-changing graduates, AUT is leading the change in thinking for the future of design.”
Growth and recognition
Seeing his skills and passion for design grow throughout his studies was highlight for him, Haydn says.
“The culmination of my time at AUT had to be the final-year exhibition. It was great to see everyone’s efforts and skills from the past three years reflected in a major design project in an area of their choosing. It was also special to be recognised for the growth of my own skills, and upon graduating I was granted the 2016 AUT Head of School Award.”
His hard work was also recognised by several prestigious design competitions.
“I used many of my university projects to enter entrepreneurial and design competitions, winning a number of awards and being invited to exhibit a student project at the Global Grad Show at Dubai Design Week in 2017.”
The Product Design major is now called Industrial Design.