To whom it may concern,
My name is Lauren Best, and I would like to introduce myself as a candidate for the Accessories Design Assistant position at Stella McCartney.
I am a recent Product & Furniture (Industrial) Design graduate from Kingston School of Art London. Previously I acquired my Foundation Diploma in 3-D Design at Central Saint Martins, along with studying Creative Communications and Business Administration at College in Canada. Most recently, during my travels to Australia, I managed to partake in a week long Service Design course at future skills institute Academy Xi. This course challenged my perspective of design and pushed me to see things through a wider lens than I have in the past—being a person who is naturally very attentive to small detail. I have now gained a deeper understanding of the multiple points of view that various stakeholders have within a business.
I am a self-motivated and pro-active designer who values the importance of building a strong foundation of detailed research, considerate material selection, and a product life cycle focused design. Above all, I strive to design objects that will be sustainable through longevity or circularity. My range of multidisciplinary education and experience has given me greater perspective into gaining and understanding insights and desires of all business, creative and consumer stakeholders—thus giving me the confidence in applying for this role.
I feel that i would be an asset to this team as I have a strong design centric background complimented with the knowledge of real world application. This is reflected in the variety of jobs/task that I have completed.
During my experience as the Communications Coordinator for a group of eCommerce companies I was required to multitask within the business. My scope of work ranged from set styling photoshoots, creating weekly newsletter and website content, as well as quality control and shipping duties. I developed a great appreciation for organisation. The continuous change in tasks across various areas taught me to be flexible from week to week, but to also prioritise for tight deadlines.
This past summer I had the pleasure of being under the tutelage of James Shaw during his ‘PlasticScene’ exhibition with Modern Design Review for London Design Festival. Here, I gained experience under someone else’s creative direction and curation. I was able to understand his vision, and translate it through the Materials Library section of the exhibition. My responsibilities included being in charge of sourcing, organising, labelling, and displaying the material samples in a way that would effectively communicate the most common types of plastics currently used in manufacturing products.
During my Product Design studies in the UK, I tackled an assortment of briefs which required me to form a team and work closely with clients on live projects, as well as develop self-initiated briefs. These experiences allowed me to further hone my skills of time management, working with people, as well as finding confidence in myself as a designer. One of the key takeaways from this experience is the importance of working as a collective to achieve a singular goal. Teamwork makes the dream work! My time studying at Central Saint Martins offered me the freedom to develop my research practices, and time to delve into a greater level of design experimentation.
These design fundamentals really set me up for my studies at Kingston School of Art where I was guided through a ‘Design Through Making’ approach to design development. This approach taught me the necessary steps required for me to bring a working prototype or model from the research phase to execution. All the while becoming familiar with various manufacturing processes, material understanding and sourcing, importance of colour and material pallet, as well as testing how the user might interact with the product.
For my final year dissertation, ‘How will innovative material textiles play a significant role in impacting well-being for people and the planet?’. I wanted to research how fashion and sustainability collide in order to create positive impact for people and the planet. This topic was inspired by my admiration of the 3D-printed Ocean Plastic shoe midsole from adidas x Parley for the Oceans. I see this example as one of many great initiatives taken by influential fashion companies to challenge the industry and look for future material resources and manufacturing methods by recycling waste. I believe designs that embody high social and moral value can spark and drive innovation and creativity.
I really admire the variety of initiatives Stella McCartney is making to create a sustainable future of fashion with new industry standards that work towards social good and the circular economy. From innovations in materials and manufacturing, to transparency of EP&L measurements to reduce impact, as well as consciousness towards nature, people, and animals, these values are extremely important to me both as a designer and a consumer.
Please find the snap shot of my portfolio to get an insight into some of my past projects. By looking through my work I have displayed the ability to conceptualise and execute ideas in a methodical manner.
I would also like to invite you to read my dissertation, as well as my additional critical writing pieces focused on Sustainability in Design (https://lauren-best.com/project-type/critical-writing/).
I hope to hear from you soon.