Design Student of the Month - AnnA Docherty

There are a lot of creative students in Canada who are doing innovative work to improve people's life through interactive, visual, informational, and other aspects of User Experience Design. I invited them to introduce who they are and share their work with you. To nominate a Design Student of the Month, email us. The Design Student of the Month for November 2008 is AnnA Docherty! Congratulations!! Let's hear from AnnA.


Who is AnnA?

I am a fourth year Industrial Design student from the University of Alberta. Right now I am taking a year off from school and working as a product design intern for Umbra in Toronto. My focus in industrial design is on product and furniture design. I believe there is a lot of room for improvement in the objects that we use everyday. A fun fact about me is that I have a Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe tattooed on my back.

What cool things is AnnA working on?

At Umbra I have several products that are being considered for production. One of the pieces is a solid wood side table that flat packs without using any fasteners for construction. The design is for Umbra’s U+ line and will hopefully be available for June 2009. This is an interesting piece in terms of user experience since it uses real wood joints such as mortise and tenons instead of screws or fasteners. It flat packs and the user simply slides the pieces together to make the table. The table is developed on the principle of thin living. It can be used in a number of applications and incorporates two functional table tops and storage while occupying a relatively small footprint of space.

What are AnnA’s plans after graduation?

After I finish my undergraduate degree I will probably continue on to a masters program in industrial design. I have been looking at a few schools internationally, I would like to go abroad to gain a wider and richer perspective on design. I believe that design is as much about the designer as it is the object that is being designed. In order to have successful products and designs, a designer must have a clear division of themselves so that they can embody this in a tangible and visible form in their work. Design will therefore be derived from the culmination of experiences and understanding of the world of the designer.

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