Design School


Toby Shelton-Smith

Toby Shelton-Smith

Product Design & Technology BSc

I have gained a wide variety of skills and expertise that could help me break into a variety of careers; I have also gained many close friends and contacts for the future.

What has been your favourite thing about studying design at Loughborough?

Studying a wide variety of different modules helps you to develop and decide what kind of designer you want to be. I also enjoyed getting real industry experience through Live Projects and whilst on my placement year.

What is your best memory of your time at The Design School?

My best memory is making a video for the catapult/can crusher projects. In second year we built a squash ball thrower and then gave a presentation on how well this performed. We made an elaborate video for this presentation that was filmed and edited in 24 hours – we tried to top this in final year for the can crusher project!

Have you felt supported by the School and the staff during your time here? If yes, how have they supported you?

Everyone seems especially helpful in the final year. If you need advice you can usually get hold of someone in The Design School or elsewhere in the university who is an expert or knows one.

What are you hoping to do after graduation?

I am going to work as a Graduate Design Engineer at Dyson.

Do you hope to pursue a career in design? What industry interests you?

Yes, I want to pursue a career in design. Initially I’m going to go into the design engineering industry but I am also interested in product design and maybe eventually the property market/interior design.

What advice would you give to people aspiring to study design at university?

Go for it! Design is ever-changing and you will gain a wide variety of skills, especially studying Product Design or Technology at Loughborough which will open up a wide variety of career paths. A useful tip is to use your friends – get into groups and bounce ideas off each other. New ideas will emerge that you had never originally thought of!

What is your favourite part of the design process?

I enjoy many different parts of the process, but I suppose my favourites are manufacturing prototypes and creating CAD models. I like getting stuck into the nitty-gritty details of a product whilst developing and refining it.

What materials do you most enjoy using?

I’ve always loved working with wood – my final project was made from wood and I have used it for various other projects too, such as an archery bow!

Which modules have you most enjoyed doing over the course? Which projects (other than FYDP) have you been most proud of?

The sustainability module in second year was really fun and useful, and a good basis for final year. I also enjoyed mechanics/electronics in final year as we incorporated them in a project and used everything we had learnt to design, analyse, manufacture and test an electro-mechanical can crusher.