Chris Armstrong CV

Emailchris@cgarmstrong.me

I’m a recently graduated and driven designer with a track record of delivering creative solutions to a variety of design problems. My enthusiasm for innovative design and technology is reflected in my educational and personal life. A year-long student placement for Jigsaw Design gave me a wealth of experience working on real projects from the early concept phase all the way through to presenting finished solutions to clients. Happy working both alone and as part of a team, I strive to work effectively: hitting budgets, deadlines and client needs, always delivering a quality work I’m proud of.

My final year university project drew heavily on knowledge gained during my placement year – designing and manufacturing a product to encourage the use of shorter showers to conserve water. The final design solution, OceanDrop, was presented and justified in front of a panel of university lecturers and a fully working prototype was created and presented at the 2017 Design and Engineering Show at Bournemouth University.

Skills

  • Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • AutoCAD 2D Design, Professional technical drawings
  • Working to deadlines, to budget 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
  • SolidWorks 3D CAD

Design Work Experience

Jigsaw Design 2015-16 (jigsawinteriordesign.com) - Year-long student placement

I spent a year in industry working for a local interior architecture and design firm, Jigsaw Design, as part of my sandwich degree. I gained a huge amount of design skills, knowledge and confidence 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 by 12 weeks, 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 excellent 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

Education

Bournemouth University 2014-2017: BSc (Hons) Product Design 2nd Class Hons

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 including English Language, Literature, Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology