Where I work

04 July 2017

Kevin Jenkins Programme Leader - Product Design and Innovation at Plymouth College of Art

Kevin couldn’t live without his 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse

Following a BA in Glass and Ceramics from Stourbridge College of Art and an MA in Furniture Design from Buckinghamshire Chiltern University College, Kevin Jenkins’ 20 year career as an interior and product designer has spanned creating ergonomic designs for office furniture through to shop fits for brands such as Harrods, Virgin Atlantic and RBS.

A perspex candelabra he designed

He set up his own product design consultancy Box and Pad Ltd in 2009, working for clients in furniture as well as other product types, managing design development projects for clients including BT, the National Trust and Häagen Dazs. In November 2016 he joined Plymouth College of Art to set up and run its BA (Hons) in Product Design and Innovation.

(Above) Laser cutter in Plymouth College of Art’s FabLab - (Below) Setting up the new ‘Anycubic’ deltaprinter in the FabLab

What are your weapons of choice?
I would have to say Keyshot has made the biggest difference to my design process.

What technology/product couldn’t you live without in your workspace?
I have been using a 3Dconnexion SpaceMouse for some time, I couldn’t calculate how much time it saves, and gives your left hand something to do.

(Above) Ultimaker2+ portable 3D printers - (Below) But it’s not all about the machines when it comes to making

What is missing from your toolset?
There will always be new tools and equipment on the wishlist.

Is there anything that would make your design process run smoother?
I’m waiting for the day when we have drafting tables again – only this time as interactive screens operated with gestures.

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