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… and thanks for taking the time to read my bio. My name is Duncan and I’m a designer specialised in packaging and branding. During my studies at the Lahti Institute of Design in Finland I gained knowledge in concept generation, structural and branding design with an emphasis in user-centricity, innovative concepts and eco-efficient design. I believe my main strength lies in structural design however I have pushed myself to develop as a graphic and branding designer and believe I can hold my own in both areas. I love to develop concepts where structure and graphics can grow simultaneously to achieve a complimentary outcome.
Since completing my studies in 2016 I was awarded the opportunity to work as a packaging design intern for Nestlé and Stora Enso over the course of one year. This has been a highly valuable learning curve for me and I believe I developed my skills immensely during this time. Having successfully completed all the assignments tasked to me has proven my ability to carry the pressures of working within industry on my shoulders whilst working to tight targets. I was also commended on my ability to integrate well as a team and have made lifelong friends while working within these two global giants.
Every designer has a method that works for them. For me I believe that the key to my success in design lies not only with discipline, hard work and practice but with a healthy conscious. In my personal life I enjoy a wholesome lifestyle that encompasses intense physical exercise, healthy diet and mindfulness. I believe in meaningful relations and experiences before material possessions. I’m driven by opportunities to take on new challenges, discover more about myself, to make positive changes and to help others. Alignment of a healthy mind and bodyl lie at the core of my values and in the way that I approach life and creativity.

BA (Muotoilija AMK) Packaging & Branding Design
Lahti Institute of Design & Fine Arts, Finland
09/2012 to 12/2016
Craft & Design (study exchange)
University of Toyama, Takaoka Art & Design Faculty, Japan
04/2015 to 09/2015

Packaging Design Teacher
Lahti Institute of Design & Fine Arts, Lahti, Finland
11/2017 to 12/2017
I was responsible for the teaching of structural packaging design to 2nd year Package & Branding design students at the Institute of Design, Lahti.

The course was run in collaboration with Stora Enso's Packaging Solutions and the students worked on briefs that utilised Stora Enso's corrugated cardboard portfolio.

Reason for termination: fixed term contract.
Packaging Design Intern
Stora Enso Oy, Helsinki, Finland
03/2017 to 10/2017
At the service of Stora Enso Oyj I acquired knowledge and skills in Stora Enso's existing material portfolio as well as new materials and intelligent packaging. This experience and my commitment and drive to achieve objectives as well as my ability to utilise my proven abilities in combining structural and graphic design to reflect the capabilities of Stora Enso's material have prepared me to take similar and more demanding roles and responsibilities.

My duties included designing sample packaging to promote renewable packaging material to customers as well as designing demonstrators to showcase new materials and board coatings. I have also been responsible for designing packaging for a retail pharmaceutical device. These projects have included creative concept generation as well as structural, graphic and branding design. In addition I have been involved in the preparation and participation of workshops involving international brand owners. During my internship I have also gained advanced knowledge of Eska ArtiosCAD software and Kongsberg XE cutting table. 
Reason for termination: fixed term contract.
Packaging Design Intern
Nestlé, Vevey, Switzerland
10/2016 to 02/2017
During my placement I have been working as part of the design team in the Corporate Technical Packaging department of the R&D Network of Nestlè. I was based at the Nestlè global headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland under the supervision of Christian Saclier, head of industrial design. My role was to provide design support to the Nestlè product centres by partaking as a designer in front-end innovation workshops for some of the major brands such as Nescafé, Nesquik and Maxibon.

My duties included ideating, sketching with markers during workshops. During my time I greatly improved my sketching abilities under supervision of Virginie Garcia, designer at Nestlé, as well as learning a variety of techniques from designers on the Nestlé network.
Reason for termination: fixed term contract.
Packaging Design Intern
Tin Horse Ltd, Marlborough, England
06/2014 to 08/2014
Tin Horse is a structural packaging design agency specialised in fast moving consumer goods and working globally with major brands. Duties included researching packaging formats and technologies including field research, taking part in brainstorming sessions and workshops, further developing sketching skills and aiding in the production of prototypes.
Reason for termination: fixed term contract, study points requirement.

For 'Chrysalis'
Recreate Packaging 1st Place Student Winner - Stora Enso - 2016
For 'Herbs for Health'
Starpack Gold - Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) - 2015
1st Place Student Winner - WPO Worldstar Awards - 2015

For 'Self-Watering Herbs'
1st Place Student Winner - WPO Worldstar Save Food Awards - 2015

For 'Discover'
Starpack Gold - Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) - 2014
Starpack Sponsors Award - Webb deVlam Ltd - 2014
Starpack Champions Award (best in show) - Nampak Plastics Europe Ltd - 2014
Student Certificate of Merit - WPO Worldstar Awards - 2014

For 'Reloaded'
Recreate Packaging 3rd Place - Stora Enso & Aalto University - 2014

For 'Totally Fresh'
Starpack Silver - Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) - 2013
Student Certificate of Recognition - WPO Worldstar Awards - 2013
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