Date: 24 November 2020
Did you know that Mr Reid Douglas, who teaches Product Design, Technology and Design and Visual Communication is a former OHS student?
Mr Douglas left OHS in 2007 and went to AUT University, where he completed a Masters of Product Design. Mr Douglas knew that he wanted to do a degree that had a practical, ‘hands on’ component, that would satisfy his need to be creative. Product Design was the perfect degree.
Nearly every product that people interface with, has been carefully designed to not only look good but to work efficiently. Product designers often work collaboratively with colleagues and clients in a team with engineers, model makers, sales and marketing staff to complete a project.
After finishing university Mr Douglas worked for a company, now known as ‘Allbirds’. This was an exciting project. The company was developing a completely new concept; making a revolutionary wool fabric made specifically for footwear. Now sold all over the world, these sustainably produced ‘made from nature’ shoes are the result of a team of experts from different fields collaborating to create a fantastic new product.
Next Mr Douglas used his skills in Healthcare, working in a team on a number of special projects, for example developing 3D printing for clinicians and creating wayfinding and signage solutions at Auckland City Hospital.
Eventually Mr Douglas decided it was time for a new challenge and we are very fortunate that he decided to become a teacher and share his considerable knowledge with a new generation.
Product Designers work in an enormous number and variety of roles, they train to work collaboratively with others, on a project. They develop and refine ideas, working until a project is satisfactorily completed. These skills, that you learn in school are transferable and important in most careers.
We are indeed fortunate to have Mr Douglas back at Onehunga High School.
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