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Gary Major (United Kingdom)

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55, Design Professional
Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  Chester (United Kingdom)  
  Head of Industrial Design,
JCB Excavators Ltd.
 
  University of Coventry 1981 – 1985 Priory St
Coventry

BA(Hons)Industrial Design - Transportation.
2nd class

Chester College of Further Education-1980-1981
Handbridge
Chester

Art & Design Foundation Course

Stanney Grange Comprehensive School 1973-1980
Ellesmere Port
‘O’ Level

Art & Design - A
Mathematics - A
Geography - B
Physics - B
English Language - C
Chemistry - C
French - C

CSE Level

Art & Design - 1
English Language - 1
English Literature - 1

‘A’ Level

Art & Design - A
 
  JCB Excavators May 2004 – to date
Head of Industrial Design
Leading a team responsible for aesthetic design of all vehicle interior/exterior and overseeing JCB branded products.
Exterior Styling
Working concurrently with engineering functions on new builds and future concepts.
Facelifts to existing product.
Maintaining ‘JCB corporate DNA’.

JCB Excavators March 1999 – April 2004
Returned as Senior Industrial Designer.

Chomiak Design Ltd February 1998 – March 1999
Senior Industrial Designer
for Anglo-Italian design consultancy. Responsibilities involved all design work for UK office with secondment to Italian headquarters.
Vehicle design for Cagiva, Piaggio, Plaxtons Buses, Earthforce (Excavators) and Prinoth (Snowgroomers).

Product design work including seat designs for rail industry, trash compaction equipment, pens and coffee machines etc. Rail design work for Eurostar.

JCB Compact Products December 1995 – February 1998
Senior Industrial Designer
Primary roles as current position based at satellite factory.

ABB Rail Vehicles October 1990 – December 1995
Industrial Designer
Member of in-house team responsible for all aspects of aesthetic design related to rolling stock.
Reporting to Head of Industrial Design Department, this position involved interior/exterior design for internal projects on both new builds and refurbishments. Responsibilities included the production of presentation artworks for contract tendering and internal design service.

JCB Excavators Ltd January 1989 – September 1990
Assistant Industrial Designer
Assistant do Senior Industrial Designer, working on concept and production vehicles for all divisions including military specials.

Almond, Tedder and Laught, Product Design Consultants.
March 1987 – December 1988 Freelance Designer
Assistant Designer on product development. Duties involved product concepting, sketchwork and presentation visuals.

Dutch Railways November 1985 – February 1987
Freelance/Staff Industrial designer
Employed on graduation (after Industrial Placement) as Industrial Design Assistant working on:-
Interior/exterior concepts/detailing
Production of presentation visuals
Commissioning model makers
Graphic design/illustrations for in-house marketing department.
Contracted to other companies for Dutch Railways.

 
  An interest in the full spectrum of design has always been a major influence in both my adolescent & adult life.
Aesthetics play a massively important role in any first encounter- whether it be with a person, place or thing. Most people will have a split second, involuntary reaction to anything at that 'first sight'.

Making a living by influencing such emotional responses has been as great a realization as I could wish for.

With over 22 years experience as a design professional, my approach in communicating my aspirations is 'old school' via hand drawn artworks. In my work environment, this works seamlessly with my team of Alias designers.

I back this up with photoshop, & have experience with Alias Studio Paint & a basic understanding of Surface Studio.

I grab any opportunity to go running & cycling, love most things motorsport, & try to ignore the inconsistencies of Liverpool FC.
 
 
 
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October 31st, 2006 at 11:31 pm [GMT]
 
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