Neil Mac Queen Answers Despokes Questions

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What made you want to become a designer in the first place?
It has been a natural progression for me, I was alwyas drawing as a kid, and later I realised that I could make my drawings and imagination come to life by being a designer. Another major attraction is its individuality and opportunity for expression.

Where did you study design?
I studied ‘Product Design and Innovation’ at UWE in Bristol, they have a great setup there and its a great city.

What was the first thing you designed?
It was probably a very rudimentary samurai sword when I was like 8 or 9, I always wanted one as a kid, so I kept trying to make a realistic one.

How do you define good design?
Good design for me has the users experience at its core, it always has varying degrees of functionality,ergonomics and aesthetics.

What would you be if not a designer?
I think I’d would be a racing driver or mechanic for a car tuning company Fastcar Performance back home in South Africa, was pretty keen on that growing up.

Which design of yours are you most proud of and why?
I designed three theme park installations for the Grand Pier in Weston Super-mare while working for Gravitron Design, I think the Helter Skelter I designed for that is my favourite so far. The scale of the project and the fact that it’s going to be enjoyed by the public for years to come make me particularly proud of that one.

Anything in your career you wish you’d done differently?
I think I would be a bit less compromissing for a few clients if I were to go back, but apart from that nothing.

Which designers do you most admire?
I really admire Calatrava, Ron Arad, SANAA and Marc Newson to name a few.

Which product do you wish you’d designed/do you think is an example of good design?
I wish I’d designed Fords 021c car by Marc Newson, I think it’s a brilliant piece of design.

Tell me about your design style at home?
I’ve got an old victorian/sharp contemporary thing going on at home, but am leaning towards ornate old stuff at the moment.

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