DESIGNS WITH PURPOSE.

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William. Product Design.

Tell us about being part of the new product design degree!

It's a super inventive degree. I like to describe it as all the fun parts of engineering. We get to spend our time creating, designing and building. It’s also really collaborative. For my global design paper I had to design an automatic fish feeder working in a team with students from Scotland, Finland and Malta.

Sounds fun! What other things have you created?

I’ve designed an educational beehive, an origami-inspired folding table and a sunblock bottle that changes colour when it's time to reapply your sunscreen. The course is really focused on purpose projects – things that make a positive difference in people's lives. We get to make working prototypes and models in our workshop which is filled with 3D printers, laser cutters and all that cool stuff.

What else have you been up to at UC?

A friend and I founded ProdSoc, the product design society. We started with 20 members and now we have 190. We’re absolutely stoked! I'm also part of the engineering mentoring program. I mentored a group of 25 students who are new to the degree, telling them about the course and uni life. I met with them weekly and made it really lively, with food and games. It was exciting and scary and loads of fun!

You’re a member of QCanterbury as well?

Yes, I go to their events and have lots of friends in the club. It's helped me meet other people throughout Christchurch as well, by getting me involved in things like Pride Month. It’s really broadened my community. There are tons of different types of people at UC and being openly gay has never been an issue for me at all.

"I’ve designed an educational beehive, an origami-inspired folding table and a sunblock bottle that changes colour when it's time to reapply your sunscreen."

You're from Auckland. How are you finding Christchurch?

I love the way of life down here. In Christchurch you can get everywhere on a bike, a bus or your own two legs. There are lots of activities around the city and the ski fields are only an hour and a half’s drive away. I find the pace here so refreshing. I can just go with the flow, relax and enjoy life so much more.

If you had to sum up UC in three words, you’d pick:

Cosy - UC is very warm and inviting. Creative - both within and outside of the degree they really encourage creative thought. And exciting - because there’s always something happening. UC is filled with pockets of random awesomeness.