What are you studying?
I am 20 years old and currently in my 2nd year studying for my degree in Design for Publishing at Norwich University of the Arts.
What do you love about design?
One of the things I like most about design is the ability to impact others, to make them stop and think or at least marvel at something that is aesthetically pleasing. I love the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” mainly because it’s something we all do and can’t help; if something (especially a book cover) is well designed then people will naturally gravitate towards it. That is the power good design has.
What was the inspiration behind your design?
Before I started designing, I was looking on Google for some inspiration. If you type “engineering” into Google images the top results are cogs, schematics, construction, that sort of thing, practical. However, 8 images or so in and you get hit with this gorgeous neon circuit board, visual aesthetic. I knew then that a circuit board would be the inspiration for my trophy design. The straight and angular lines of the imagery were also appealing as they provide a vast contrast between what my design would become and my previous design which focussed on curves and circles, with connotations of cogs.
What do you want to see engineers doing in the future?
Sustainability is something that I am quite invested in and hope to see further developed in the future. As much as I am interested in the details of space flight and exploration, our home is Earth, and there is only one. We must work harder to look after it. So, the top of my wish list for engineering developments is for something that can help reduce our energy consumption or at least make renewable energy sources more efficient and viable for widespread use.