Wondered where our graduated head to?
Check out what graduate Sam Margetts is up to.
Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself and let us know when you graduated from product design?
SM: My name is Sam Margetts, 23 years old, originally from Mahoenui in the mighty King Country. I graduated from AUT’s Product Design program in December 2013.
Q: Where are you now, and what is your favourite part of your job?
SM: I work for an international online soccer retailer called soccer.com based in North Carolina, USA. I work as a link between merchandising and creative departments. As a soccer player myself one of the perks of my job is being able to test and review a lot of the new footwear that we buy in from a product design standpoint i.e. what materials and new technologies are being used to aid player performance. Along side this I am helping to design sports footwear for an independent client in New Zealand.
Q: What has been your biggest learning experience transitioning from study to practicing design?
SM: While I don’t get to design anything for the company, I am tasked with dissecting other products to give our customers a better idea of what they are paying for. Being a part of a retail company my eyes have been opened to the business side of design and how a lot of the bigger sports brands like Nike and Adidas operate.
Q: What was your most memorable project from your undergraduate degree and why?
SM: Without doubt my favourite project was my final year project where I designed and built a prototype custom fitting football boot. I enjoyed this project because I was able to combine design with my other passion, soccer.
Q: What would be your one bit of advice to final year students considering what to do after university?
SM: Don’t be discouraged by people telling you how hard it is to get a job in the industry you want to be in, whether it be design or otherwise. Put yourself out there, network and follow all possible leads.
Q: Favourite designer?
SM: Tinker Hatfield (Nike footwear designer)
Q: Philosophy on design? A short summary of what you think design is and why its important?
SM: To me, design is basically solving problems to make tasks easier/better for the end user. I also think that as designers we have a responsibility to create quality products and find the most efficient way possible to manufacture them.