Industrial Designer, Blender Design
Bachelor of Design in Product Design
He loves the variety his career offers, says design alumnus Haydn Jack who is now an industrial designer at product design company Blender Design.
“I work with clients and businesses to understand exactly what their customers need and where each product fits within their business model, and then help them turn their ideas into reality.
“For me the most enjoyable part of working in an industrial design consultancy is the broad variety of projects, clients and industries I get to work with. I also love the moment when you see your product in the real world.”
While there are many aspects Haydn enjoys about his career, some of the recent achievements he is especially proud of include being involved in projects that were chosen as finalists in the Best Awards, and presenting at MaD2019, the Manufacturing and Design New Zealand conference. He has also had the chance to reconnect with AUT by mentoring third-year AUT industrial design students for their sponsored industry projects.
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.