Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Nick Holland

O Director de Design da Vista Alegre, Designer Nick Holland, acedeu a dar uma palestra, durante o mês de Novembro, sobre o seu trabalho, aos alunos de Design e Desenvolvimento de Produto. Data a anunciar.

Nick Holland is an Englishman, well known in the international design community and now residing in Portugal.  In 1998 he accepted the position at Vista Alegre as Director of Design for the group.  He now lives and works in Vista Alegre.
Nick is a well-known figure in the design world, and has been described by respected journalist Jeremy Myerson as one of the most dynamic figures in contemporary British design.  In addition to his design work Nick has always been a keen photographer and has had many of his photographs published in international magazines and books.  He has a unique ability to see the extraordinary in ordinary subjects and to capture powerful images on film.  His love of design and structure are reflected in his photographic compositions, many based on machines and architecture as well as nature.
Nick studied Product Design at the Royal College of Art in London, the world's most renowned institution for art and design, leaving with the highest qualification possible  -  a Master’s degree with distinction and the rare honour of the College Silver Medal.  On leaving college he won a Leverhulme Scholarship and spent a year in America studying and travelling with his camera.
He has worked in industry in senior positions in design, industries ranging from construction equipment to tableware.  For several years he was in charge of design and marketing for Staffordshire Potteries plc, leaving to set up his own business, Nicholas John.  This innovative company achieved great success and acclaim from both the design and housewares industries.  The company's products won many design awards and are included in the Victoria and Albert Museum's permanent collection of ceramics.
This led to Nick setting up Nick Holland Design Group and his company achieved commercial success as well as critical acclaim and many awards within the design world, working with international blue chip clients throughout Europe and the Far East.
A prominent and influential figure in his industry, Nick has served on a number of professional bodies for design in England in an advisory capacity, including the Design Council, the Royal Society of Arts, the Design Trust, and the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council for Design.  He has also acted as advisor and external examiner for many design courses throughout Great Britain and as a director of the Design Business Association of Great Britain.

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