How did you get into design?
‘Well’ laughs Tim ‘my father was a graphic designer – he told me “you can do whatever you want but do not become a designer”.’
‘But I grew up on a farm where invention, play and creativity were at the forefront. With no TV, I made my own fun’ describes Tim. He always had a love of drawing and creating – which came from his father – and being on a farm, ‘everything was hands-on.’
Tim followed his father’s advice at first and studied politics and anthropology at university after school, before returning to university years later to study design. Product design was a natural fit for Tim, as it was a cross-section of his interests and skills, ‘you get to be creative but you also get to be technical – creativity mixed with technicality.’
Despite his career initially taking a different path, he explains everything he studied has ended up intersecting. ‘Anthropology crosses over with design – it’s the relationship between people and things’ explains Tim ‘Research methodology that you use in anthropology, you now use in design.’