Ben Talbot

Bristol, United Kingdom
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Highlydriven, intelligent and ambitious designer with strong initiative and ethic, aswell as excellent organisation, leadership and communication skills. A truejack of all trades, firm believer in sustainability, and ‘that form ever followsfunction’, with a keen attention to detail.

My Science based Batchelors Degree in Design Technology means that my background is more technical than most Industrial Designers which shows in my work. My thinking is very thorough and technical, with less emphasis on beautiful sketches and marker renderings, and more emphasis on ideas, communication, and details.

Work Experience

Fresh Design Works

Company Owner/Freelance Designer

As a fresh graduate in a competitive employment market and industry, I took the initiative to get contracts and become a freelance designer to earn a living and gain experience. Major clients were:

DWG Ltd - Services included design of furniture (see Ditto Tub Char), technical drawing and documentation of patterns and components, organisation of drawing database, liaising with staff at all levels including suppliers, plus supply of drawings in required format to directors, suppliers, and workshop staff.

Lowdham Grange Prison - The Prison were interested in setting up a design studio complete with a photography studio for the prisoners' work. To aid in development and productivity, teaching the inmates about design and design techniques with practical exercises was suggested, and this has proved popular.
August 2009 - Derby, United Kingdom

Hytech Water

Project Engineer

Role includes design and documentation of land fill leachate water treatment, methane stripping, and composting plants. Additional duties included staying away for weeks at a time whilst assisting in the commissioning of new plants, and maintenance to existing plants.

Though the role is designed and documentation based and requires strong initiative and problem solving skills, it is also client facing during all phases of the design process.
December 2011 - June 2012 Bristol, United Kingdom

Centriquip Ltd

Technical Assistant

Centriquip design, manufacture, install and maintain centrifuge machinery for separating solids from liquids at an industrial scale. Role was as assistant to Design, Development, and manufacturing manager. Experience was also gained in the manufacturing workshop in welding, machining, and assembly.

First major project was to redesign a concrete base due to regular failing of the existing design. This involved working with the existing company that manufactured the concrete base to design a modification to the existing mold in order to make a significant reduction in cost and waste.

Second major project was to design a new seal that could withstand use in a nuclear power plant. The existing design could not protect the high speed load bearings from prolonged exposure to strong acid. The research aspect of this involved visiting a centrifuge installation at a sewage works with company maintenance engineers.
September 2007 - June 2008 Clay Cross, Chesterfield, UK


University Of Derby

Design Technology BSc

First Class Honours Degree in Design Technology (BSc)

Major project was a live project working with DC Leisure to redesign the lifeguard high chairs used around swimming pools throughout the world. Detailed research was conducted and feedback was received from various sources at all stages. The design was completed and is currently being reviewed and registered.

During Furniture Design, I designed a flat pack self assembly lounge chair and coffee table using 9mm plywood that required no glue or additional fixings. Laser cut scale models were used extensively in its development

Dissertation thesis 'What is the role of Industrial Design in the bicycle' examined the complete development of the bicycle from an Industrial Design point of view in order to predict its future development.

Final year modules and grades:
Furniture Design A, Major Project A-, Computer Aided Design A-, Applied Eco Design B+, Product Design Culture (Dissertation) B, Major Project Research B, Product Design Management C+
September 2005 - June 2009 Derby, United Kingdom

Loughborough College

Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management

Award aimed to educate in leadership and management through understanding of the difference in individuals and situations and understanding one's self. Gained whilst on industry placement at Centriquip Ltd.
September 2007 - June 2008 Loughborough, United Kingdom

University Of Derby

Enterprise Inc Course

Funded course for entrepreneurs with a good business ideas. The course gave generic and also tailored business support to help start freelancing as Fresh Design Works.
September 2009 - June 2010 Derby, United Kingdom


3d Modelling, 3D Visualisation, 3ds Max, Autocad, Concept Generation, Conceptualisation, Design Documentation, Design Management, Design Presentation, Engineering Drawing, Furniture Design, Industrial Design, Manufacturing And Maintenance, Model-Making, Photoshop, Pro-Engineer, Product Design, Prototyping, Research And Development, Solidworks, Technical Drawing,

Additional Information

• Climbing, cycling, general fitness, extreme sports
• Music; I play both Saxophone and Bass guitar
• Contemporary design and architecture
• American cars (Classic, Custom, Rat, and Muscle)
• Computing and Technology