After moving to India during the Sri Lankan civil war I finished an A2 education under the Cambridge system. For the past 7 years I have been an avid student of design. I initially started my academic journey in design by studying and completing a Bachelor of Product design at Griffith University from 2003 to 2006. Following this, I had the unique opportunity to attend the world renowned Design Academy in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands where I completed a Bachelor of Industrial Design. During this time, I had the privilege of being mentored by some of the world’s leading designers that accessed my assignments as real world examples.
This Area of study focuses on the service and product orientated spectrum of Design. Branching from industrial manufacture to as broad as revising the crafts of which I was fascinated by, ceramics, wood working, textiles and the cultural value of traditional skills and a hands on methodology. The Course was divided into several modules, one of which specialized in the conceptual approach on studying and researching the sensitivity and quality of light, the stimulation of materials, colors and textures. Other modules focused on plasticity, architectonic spaces and shape awareness. I most appreciated the lateral thinking subjects that challenged one’s approach on the design ideation process. This in-depth specialization on this out of the box, or lateral design philosophy, has immensely broadened my development and understanding on an array of subjects and even my personal growth. Understanding who you are and what you stand for is a large element that the Design Academy endeavors to extract from every student.
My design philosophy centers around developing concepts that are multi-faceted in ethics, effectiveness, function, sustainability and a unique aesthetic approach as well as leaving an impression on the end-users satisfaction. I graduated with two products that I believe embrace these ingredients and also carry and affirm an educational value long after the products existence. Please view Seed Savour and the Urban Harvest Series projects. We are currently developing other concepts within this direction.
One of the Socially orientated projects that i worked on was for a NGO called Palm2 India , here we developed a summer camp workshop alongside the local tribes where the outcome would be a lateral thinking and drawing creative workshop for the children but a primary goal to educate staff on creating a new approach to challenge the methodology of stereotypical workshops. Please see. PALM2 Summer camp in my portfolio section.
Currently I work as a Freelancer but hope to work for a company that shares in my philosophy for socially orientated products that serve innovation through many streams of though and design.