My name is Milo Batten, i have been studying Art & Design for approximately 5 years (4 years of Product Design and 1 year of Art & Design).
I studied Product Design from years 10 through to year 13 at Broomfield 6th Form, consistently acheiving high B’s and A’s
From there, i moved on to undertake an Art & Design Foundation course at London College of Communication, and what a fantastic move it was. I met wonderful people, great tutors and thoroughly enjoyed the whole year, learning new techniques of printing and broadening my understanding of Design as a whole.
If you require some more information, please find my Personal Statement included below.
Personal Statement: (as of 2012)
Design is not just pencil on paper or pixels on a computer screen, but a way of seeing resources, materials and objects in a way that they can then be manipulated and turned into a perfect piece of design. I hold a passion for Design and have had pleasure of doing an Art and Design Foundation at LCC, London College of Communication. I remain very excited to further explore the subject of design and learn the wide range of techniques and methods I still have yet to discover. It is my burning desire to pursue a career in design. Much of my family are involved in the Art and Design industry, such as my father who is Group Art Director for a large publishing company and my grandparents who are independent fashion designers.
I take great pride when producing my designs and making my products, to ensure that my work is produced to the highest possible standard. I persevere with the design process and carry out quality checks as and when required. While studying Art and Design I have consistently achieved excellent grades and exciting designs, I’m always looking forward to the next step to take me closer to my much anticipated future in the design industry.
I design many different products varying in form, colour and detail, in order to satisfy every possible brief and project set by individuals, groups or myself.
When designing a product or print I enjoy comparing my ideas to similar items from different eras. This overview allows me to produce designs that are unique and innovative. These designs can be produced and portrayed in many different ways depending on the intended audience.
There are many designers and artist I admire, Jonathan Ive and Sam Buxton stand out due to their technological and modern designs. The Ipod and Apple Mac designed by Ive and the Clone Chairs chair and 3D steel business card by Buxton are simple yet effective at serving a purpose whilst being aesthetically pleasing. Designers are forever learning and influencing others, such as Ive who adopted elements from the 1960’s German designer, Dieter Rams.
I enjoy designing and making practical products, such as a full size, fully functional skateboard, a series of lamps, an eco friendly shoe box- bag, interactive design pieces and a wide range of high quality prints (lino, screen print, collagraph) produced using the extensive print making facilities at LCC.
During the years I’ve studied Design I have gained good knowledge in the different workshops and in the studio, which I feel, will be useful during the course. I have used many different printing techniques, such as lino, screen printing and wood block printing, letterpress, collagraph, lithography and solar plate. In college I also worked with sand blasting, lathe, a range of saws & drills and of course, computers.
I enjoy a range of activities such as cycling, skiing, fitness, photography, film and music. Watching design programmes, such as Grand Designs, Dragons Den and Myth Busters. I also enjoy visiting museums and galleries, such as the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea This gallery has many bold and interesting works of art, such as the ‘300 speakers, Pianola and Vacuum Cleaner’. I also visited and worked from items from a range of galleries and museums, including the Natural history, Science, Bethnal green childhood, Grant and Hunterian museum along with the Tate modern and numerous other small exhibitions around London.
Working in a range of environments with different types of people has enabled me to succeed at the jobs and challenges given to me. Completing two weeks of work experience with a plumbing engineer and working on a busy stall in Covent Garden has built my communication, teamwork and organisational skills and also given me a good insight into the working world.
Once I have completed an design course I hope to pursue a career in the competitive design industry and ultimately set up my own design company.