Design inspiration for year 11

The girls in year 11 recently got some money-can’t-buy design and career advice from the design chief of one of the world’s leading communication companies.

Steve Pearce, Design Principal at Skype for the last five years, visited the school to talk to pupils about how he became a designer and to explain the creative process at the global giant, which now has over a billion users worldwide.

The girls were amazed to discover how much development work and consumer research goes into the design of the simplest Skype icon.  Mr Pearce also explained the importance of being proficient at Maths, as well as Art, if they want to go into his sphere of design work.

Mr Pearce then visited the school’s Design & Technology department to talk to a group of aspiring 15-year old designers, working on their GCSE projects.  He also saw the school’s newly acquired 3D printer in action, which the girls are now able to use in their work.

Mr Pearce told the girls that he had experimented with using everything from painting and drawing to Lego and even sewing as he trained to become a designer, before eventually developing a firm interest in internet and software design.  He has now been designing software products for 17 years for some of the world’s most respected companies. During these years he has created services and products for the likes of Nike, BBC, Gucci, Jamie Oliver and many others.