How to become a creative technologist: Timea's story
Meet Timea and find out about her life as a creative technologist at Uniform. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.
I think of my work as my 'nine to five' serious playtime… you can’t really ask more from a job.
- Timea describes her job as combining a ‘playful exploration of technology with an understanding of people' – in order to connect people and brands
- Timea studied Computer Science in high school, which involved a lot of maths and coding. She also taught herself Photoshop and Illustrator, which made her decide to follow a more creative path in art and design
- She studied Illustration and Graphics at Coventry University, as part of a ‘sandwich course’, which is where you study for two years, then spend a year on a work placement or study abroad, before completing your final year at university. During that time, Timea did an internship in London as a marketing designer
- She says a big part of her role is being switched on and curious about the latest trends and technologies. As well as problem solving and critical thinking, experimenting a lot is important – because through that process you can understand what works and what doesn’t. Failing a lot also builds resilience.
Timea's job encompasses art, digital product design and digital media. The information below is based on a similar role as a product designer.
What to expect if you want to be a product designer
- Product designer salary: £19,000 to £50,000 per year
Product designer working hours: 40 to 42 hours per week
What qualifications do you need to be a product designer?
- Typical entry requirements: To be a product designer, you’ll need one A-level for a foundation degree and two or three A-levels for a degree (or equivalent). Entering design competitions and exhibitions can be a good way of getting yourself noticed by employers.
You can get into this job through a university course or an apprenticeship. As well as Engineering, useful subjects to consider for a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree include Product Design or Industrial Product Design. You could also do a course covering a particular industry, which has design options. Examples include Automotive Engineering and Furniture Design.
This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)
Find out more on the Prospects website about the role of a product designer.