Wolverhampton School of Art

Nick Forrester: Graduation Prize Winner

We’ve caught up with BDes (Hons) Product Design graduate Nick Forrester who has been awarded The Visual Arts Department Prize, Awarded for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Arts!

Nick Forrester1. What degree did you study with us and when did you graduate?

I studied BDes (Hons) Product Design and I graduated September 2016 with a First Class Honours.

2. What did you do after graduation?

I did what many graduates do, which was to apply for as many jobs as possible!

I then carried on doing what I enjoy doing, exploring new designs, so I visited the Autumn Fair at the NEC. I spoke to a company there and was advised to go home and they would get in touch in a few days. They called me the next day and asked me to come to the fair again to meet the director of one of the leading novelty gift companies, SUCK UK.

After talking to the director, he asked me to attend an interview at their studio in London, which I did and luckily they offered me the job, all within weeks of finishing University.

3. What is your current job?

Junior Product Developer for SUCK UK, the role involves figuring out the best methods and materials to create a new product, sourcing factories to produce the product, and working as part of a design team to create and produce the product in the best possible way.

4. What’s the best part of your job?

Being part of a great team which all work together to get the job done.

They all have a genuine interest in design, inside and outside of work, which is great to be in an environment with similar minded people. The company are constantly pushing for employees to better themselves and to enjoy what they do, which is a rarity.

5. How did studying at the University of Wolverhampton either help you to gain this job – or how have your studies benefitted you in your day-to-day role?

The studies provided me with the underlying knowledge to get on to the first step of my design career.

One of the biggest, and most valuable, parts of the design course is the tutors and technicians. They all provided help and guidance throughout the course, constantly pushing to defend your ideas, to make sure you know your product, and to assist/advise in any way possible.

Their own enthusiasm in design is great to see and makes the studying a lot more enjoyable.

Nick Forrester6. What, for you, was the best part of studying at the University of Wolverhampton?

I thoroughly appreciated the effort put in; to not only teach design, but to get everyone involved in design outside of the classroom.

Tutors were constantly mentioning about upcoming design exhibitions and festivals, and tried their best to arrange design explorations overseas. These were key highlights for me, as many other Universities don't offer these opportunities.

Visiting Dutch Design Week, with the University, was the most inspirational and informative experience in my University years and also helped to get my job at SUCK UK, as they were very impressed to see that I got involved and seized opportunities to experience design outside of the UK.

From this experience created by the tutors, I now intend to go to Dutch Design Week for the rest of my life, and if you ever get the opportunity to go, go!

7. What’s next for you? Any goals or aspirations still to achieve?

There is plenty to learn from my new role at SUCK UK, and I am thoroughly looking forward to it.

Additional courses and travelling overseas, is something I look forward to doing with the company.

The plan for the next few years is to increase my knowledge and understanding of the design world, and then eventually have a business venture of my own.

Find out more about BDes (Hons) Product Design!

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