Adam Gorrie is a product designer … he’s also a mountain bike racer … so he figured why not combine the two!
The Bachelor of Product Design graduate spent his final year of study designing a car-mounted bike-rack/maintenance workstand. His hard work paid off when he gained distinction for his degree, and won Gold in the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards.
“Maintaining your bike is a major part of successful racing, and chances are, when you're riding like a bat out of hell, you're bound to break something. Common solutions to fixing a bike while away racing are to either lie it on its side, turn it upside down, or hang it from a vehicle bike rack. My bike-rack/maintenance stand effectively combines two essential products to mountain bike racing, and allows racers to easily maintain and repair their bikes during a race event."
Adam’s always been into using his hands, so product design was the obvious choice for him at Otago Polytechnic.
“At school, I did hands-on topics like woodwork and art. Product Design helped to extend that knowledge. Having access to all the amazing facilities at Otago Polytechnic was a great opportunity to learn more skills.”
Adam’s currently considering taking up job offers, or further pursuing his study. One thing’s for sure though, he’ll definitely continue with product design.
“I don’t think I could do anything else other than Product Design now. It offers 100% hands-on creative freedom and the opportunity to develop something completely from scratch. I’m definitely pursuing a career in Product Design!”