Industrial Designer, conscientious citizen and proud father

Having completed a Bachelor of Industrial Design in 1998, he has travelled a diverse path through design.

Upon graduation, he worked on computer games for two Melbourne based game design companies. Later moving on to freelancing and working within his own business on projects as varied as TV commercials, 3D digital graphics for BRW and ‘The Age’ to a Moomba float.

He’s taught at RMIT for over 9 years and has worked as ‘Designer in residence’ in the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct, Project officer on a concept hearing aid for Blamey & Saunders. Most recently he has worked as a Technical Officer operating the Selective Laser Melting (SLM) 3D metal sintering printer.

In 2003, he took a four-year hiatus to teach English in Japan and to immerse his self in a foreign culture. While there, he met his wife and is now father to two beautiful girls.

He sees technology as a key driver in how we live our lives as people, formation of communities and a stimulus to societies at large. A firm believer that the designers’ role is key in shaping and questioning the use and need of technologies to shape our communities, drive business activity and to impact on the quality of our daily lives.

As a designer, he has a keen interest in getting ‘hands on’ with manufacturing technologies, materials and processes as a method to a better understand design practice and its implementation at a micro and macro level of product to system design rationale.

Lastly, and most importantly, he loves to see his students achieve their dreams.

Nigel can be emailed at: nigel.brockbank@rmit.edu.au