|After High School I attended the Sydney College of the Arts for 3 years, studied the Bachelor of Industrial Design. Unfortunately, I picked the only institution in Australia offering a 4 year course. After becoming frustrated with the heavy emphasis on presentation, I transfered to the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, where I could better learn to design things that actually worked.
At the time, I did not qualify for government assistance, which was based on my parents income, even though was living independently and away from home. I paid my rent and course fees through savings, and by working 6 months of the year, studying 6 months, and finding part-time work during the study period.
Mostly I did computer-aided drafting, which lead to me working as a designer for a sign company, and producing all of their drafting plans, illustrations and graphic design. When it came time to return to study, I was forced to chose between working as a designer full-time, or going back to poverty and more study. I kept working.
More recently, I completed the Certificate II in Interactive Multimedia, which enhanced my website design and graphic design skills, plus taught me to produce interactive animation and film.
Throughout my career, design has always played an important role in my work – from designing shopping centre directory maps, to designing and building enormous blockade structures, to design and manufacture of carbon-fibre components for racing boats. Through ongoing work, I’ve kept my skills up-to-date and continue to design websites, fliers, brochures, posters, banners, signs and a wide variety of products.
Recently I’ve begun writing and producing education materials, such as designing an orienteeting game for late-primary aged kids, which teaches them about the natural environment while they have fun running about.