Diini Omar

Product Designer, Lesflux LtdPicture of Diini holding the new case

BSc (Hons) Product Design

What inspired you to choose to study at Middlesex University?

I primarily chose to attend Middlesex University because of the location and the facilities such as the Grove building. Throughout the time I spent there, I was lucky enough to have access to the workshop which enhanced my skills.

What one piece of advice would you give to a new student preparing to study at Middlesex?

The capability to think outside of the box! If you have concepts in your mind that require presenting then don’t hesitate to show them. At times your wild vision will help you to accomplish any project. We aren’t all perfect designers and with a lot of practice, your skills will improve.

Do you have a defining memory of your time at Middlesex? What makes this stand out in particular?

The SOLIDWORK techniques were very useful in efficiently communicating my concepts. It also advanced my style and thought process. I found it challenging at the start but throughout my time at Middlesex I was able to improve this. This is the area is where I needed to focus more to improve and this made me a better product designer.

What made you want to study your course?

I was looking for a product design course that offered a variety of modules and the one that stood out to me was ‘electronic prototyping’. After visiting Middlesex University, it gave me confidence that I was in the right place to study for my dream course. The University had a great atmosphere and was easy to travel to.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

Most of the time, I enjoyed the solid work, i.e. making prototypes. Therefore, I stayed after lectures to work on individual projects in the design studio or to meet with team members if working on group projects. It was very hard work and I had a lot of sleepless nights, however, it was fun and I enjoyed each of the challenges that I overcame.

What was the most interesting/influential/important thing that you learned during your course?

The course has given me invaluable knowledge and the skills to work independently and as a part of a team. It has given me the confidence to present my work to tutors and external designers from a range of companies.

How did your course and time at Middlesex help you get to where you are professionally today?

The experience I’ve obtained from Middlesex University has shaped my decision when it comes to designing the product that I am currently crowdfunding.

What made you choose the industry you work in?

I wanted a role that allows me to put the skills and knowledge that I’ve acquired into practice and develop additional skills. I believe that this industry is appropriate for me because I always wanted to design electronic products and create my own company.  Therefore, I’m excited about the possibility of the project of this campaign that I am working on at the moment.

How did you get your foot on the career ladder after you graduated? Would you recommend this route?

After graduating I went to China for two years to learn more about how manufacturing production works. After I learned the process, I started to develop my concept which was unique and I feel is essential to the people who use mobile phones.

What advice would you give to those just starting out?

Always take the risk to go after your dream so that you can pursue the career you desire, especially if it’s to design a product! It can be challenging and stressful but it is also exciting and nourishing. Every single project carries something novel and makes you create your best. Also, networking is important as it allows you to meet people with incredible skills who have same interests!

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