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BA (Hons) Product Design

Max McNeil

Max McNeil

Max McNeil / Product Design

Max is a second-year BA (Hons) Product Design student.

For my final module of the year I entered a live client competition brief run by The Retail Institute partnered with Slingsby Gin and Allied Glass. The prizes available came in the form of week long work placements, keeping this in mind helped me to stay motivated and on task.

Unfortunately the spread of Covid-19 lead to the nationwide lockdown, and in turn meant that our lectures and tutorials were going to be moving online for the foreseeable future. For me this meant that the submission for the competition also moved to being online. For the lockdown I decided to moved back home so that I could spend it with my family and our dog and continue to work my part-time job at M&S as a key worker. From this point on I knew that the main hurdle was going to be motivation. With the help of my tutors, I managed to formulate an at-home work timetable with a series of checklists to help me prioritise certain jobs. I also pooled all of my work resources together such as research methods, available software, tools and materials for model making. This helped me to realise which tasks were achievable in lockdown. It was now up to me.

To work efficiently at home meant that I needed to choose the best work environment. Despite preferring to be in my room, I knew that the place that I work best was the dining table in my kitchen. This was mainly because I could ask my family for instant third person feedback on any work that I produced. Obviously the deciding factor being that I also had a range of snacks more readily available! To avoid going stir crazy I also kept in frequent contact with my friends and course mates as we organised online quiz nights and catch up calls. We also used online calls to discuss work we had produced, give each other feedback and bounce ideas. I also attended any online university teaching activities that were being run, whether it be solo phone tutorials or group video calls. These provided me with insight on submission updates and also let me see what everyone else what up to.

I put everything in to the brief and was over the moon to be awarded 3rd place in the competition and a placement at Ardagh Glass.