Chris Armstrong: Curriculum Vitae
I am a designer, writer, and student from the South Coast of England. A love of innovative design and technology is the driving force behind my educational and personal life. I hope to find a career with a company whose products and values align with these passions.
Design Work Experience
Jigsaw Design 2015-16 (jigsawinteriordesign.com) - Year-long student placement
I spent a year in industry working for local interior architecture and design firm Jigsaw Design as part of my sandwich degree. This year was the most transformative for me personally with a huge amount of design skills, knowledge and confidence gained whilst working on multiple large scale UK residential developments as part of a close team. Whilst only required to be 40 weeks, the placement was extended due to the value I was providing to the business, including:
Conveying complex architectural concepts and proposing alterations to developers, architects, and contractors via on-site meetings, drawings, and phone calls
Working with a wide variety of suppliers to find quality and cost effective architectural and lighting products to be specified in design projects to achieve stated design goals
Using AutoCAD, Photoshop, Microsoft Office and SketchUp daily at a professional level to create both site and tender ready engineering drawings, 3D concept models, proposal renderings and specification documents
Bournemouth University 2014-2017: BSc (Hons) Product Design (Predicted 2:1)
I am currently nearing the end of my final year project at university – one year-long and self-set design brief. My year has consisted of designing a product to encourage the use of shorter showers to conserve water. This need became clear to me whilst travelling through California in Summer 2016 during its sixth year of drought. The placement year I spent working at Jigsaw Design provided me insight into bathroom and residential design which really helped working on this product. Once fully designed and defended before a panel of university lecturers, a fully working prototype is created and presented at the 2017 Design and Engineering Show at Bournemouth University. The BSc aspect of my degree was determined by my product’s complex electronics and programming to achieve its desired function.
Other modules in the final year of my degree are Advanced Technology and Business Development. Some of my favourite parts of the final year were the study of stress concentration, fracture mechanics, stress intensity factors, fatigue, corrosion and electrical engineering as part of Advanced Technology.
Bournemouth Grammar School Sixth Form (School Prefect) 2008-2010: A-Levels
A2 Product Design (B), A2 ICT (B), A2 Physics (C)
AS Maths, AS Economics, AS Finance Studies
Bournemouth Grammar School (House Prefect) 2006-2008: GCSEs
12 A-B grades inc. English Language, Literature, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology
1 Grade C in OCR Classics: Latin
- Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
- AutoCAD 2D Design, Professional technical drawings
- Working to deadlines and as part of a team
- Communication, copywriting and visual design
- Full UK Driving License
- Public speaking and presentation, communicating with clients
- Technical design knowledge and problem solving
- Microsoft Office
- Workshop fabrication and prototyping
- SolidWorks 3D CAD
Previous Employment and Volunteering
Bournemouth University - Student Representative: 2014-2016
Self-Employed - Private Tutor, Freelance Writer, Web and Graphic Designer: 2009-2014
Burley Golf Club - Sales Assistant, Tech Support: 2013-2014
Royal British Legion - Barman and Events Organiser: 2010-2015
Williams de Broë - Investment Work Experience: 2008
Interests and Achievements
I thrive best and enjoy myself most when learning new things and facing challenges. Studying a wide and varied course at university ensures I enjoy myself and stay engaged – just as much as during my placement year when I was eager to complete each project deadline and produce excellent work as part of a team.
Outside of university and work, I am enthusiastic about music and taught myself the guitar after leaving sixth form. Having played in an informal band for over three years, I’ve more recently taken an interest in sound design and engineering and electronic music. I’ve recorded some personal compositions across a variety of genres.
Participating in robotics challenges outside of secondary school and during sixth form taught me some basic electronics and programming. Whilst tutoring, I used this knowledge and expanded upon it using Arduino boards to teach basic electronic principles. This activity led me to radio controlled cars and drones – which ultimately helped me with my final year university project.
Having recently relocated to Poole from a previously more suburban area, I’ve reduced my previously impressive cycling routine and increased my distance walked daily around local parks to compensate. This walking, combined with the new activity of lifting weights at the gym helps me work towards my personal fitness goals.