Talented young designer

James Groves is in his final year studying A Level Product Design here at Newton Abbot College.  For his A Level he needed to design and create a ‘real world’ project and he knew he wanted to create some form of seating.  Following a suggestion from Rachel Dempsey, Teacher of Design and Technology, he approached the College to see if there was a suitable project he could undertake on a commercial basis. James put together lots of different design ideas in his sketchbooks, utilising computer aided design, and then presented them to the College’s Business Manager.  Between them they agreed on a design, which was based on the shape of a micro-organism, and James was then commissioned to design and construct the student seating area for our newly refurbished Dyrons building. [caption id="attachment_6323" align="aligncenter" width="414"]James' final design James' final design[/caption] The first phase of this project began in early January, when James built two parts of the seating at home.  He then brought them into College and finished off his creation using the specialist equipment in our workshops.  Over a period of 2 months James created the seating to exacting standards ensuring he incorporated the College colours, and the seating was finally put to good use by students last week. [caption id="attachment_6324" align="aligncenter" width="247"]James Groves (far right) sat with a group of Year 7s on his newly installed seat James Groves (far right) sat with a group of Year 7s on his newly installed seat[/caption] James said “It is very satisfying to see my idea come together as planned and on deadline.  Everyone seems really pleased with my design and it is great to see it being used every day by other students.”

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