British designer Stuart floored me with his earnest designs, which prompted me to urge him for an interview. His Sony Retro Hifi and EnergyMate are easy going designs that are practical and contemporary. Let’s hear (or rather read) his side of the story.
Who is Stuart…where did his roots begin?
I grew up in a village south of the Lake District in North-West England. I was always interested in design and problem solving from a young age. I loved to draw things and then build them with Lego. Through school I always loved Design and Technology class, and became particularly interested in product design. Before University I took a gap year to travel Europe. This really opened my eyes to other cultures and ways of life and proved to be really inspiring. After returning from travelling I moved to Birmingham to attend Aston University. Aston offered the perfect product design course for me. It was engineering based rather than art based, meaning it was a very practical course with focus on function as well as form. I really enjoyed university life, particularly the social aspect and working with like-minded people. After University I was invited to attend the New Designers exhibition in London, and now hope to pursue a career in design.
Besides designing products, what are your hobbies?
I love gadgets and new technology and like to have all the latest toys. This is often reflected in my design work. I also love to watch live music whenever possible.
As a creator, do you require something to inspire you to do designs or does it come naturally?
Most of my design work comes from problem solving. I look at things around me and question why it is the way it is, how it works, and could it be better?
If not a designer, what is the next best thing you would want to do?
I’ve wanted to be a designer for as long as I can remember. If I wasn’t a designer, I would pursue my second choice career as a rock star!
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Stuart Sharples is… excited about 2009.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years….
I would love to be working for a small design agency on a varied range of projects, particularly consumer electronics.
You can find Stuart Sharples designs here.
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