Meet The Maker // featuring Shane Thompson from Afternoons with Albert
How would you describe your work.
The central vision of Afternoons With Albert is “to enable the world to get lost in the adventure of the present moment”
What’s the best thing about your job?
I have 2 jobs – Airline Pilot and Designer … the best thing is the interplay between the two and the authenticity that travelling constantly brings to designing travel gear.
What inspires you?
I am an idealist in many ways. I am inspired by the cities I visit, the world around me – and the everyday things that should be better. Lazy, thoughtless design frustrates the hell out of me. When I interact with products and processes that are harder and less intuitive than they need to be, my mind starts to wander and dream up ways to get from A to B faster, with a more pleasant experience, culminating in a better result.
Born from my training as a pilot, my design thinking is focused on simplicity and logic. As pilots, we are taught to simplify things as much as we can in order to give ourselves the brain capacity to deal with an emergency should it occur.
So, my approach to design reflects my life, my experiences, both good and bad. It has to be part of you – this breeds simplicity, authenticity and purity. Often when something is over-engineered, it’s hard to use, or it has multiple points of failure. Over-engineering is as result of design that doesn’t come from the heart. Too many band-aids applied to make up for the lack of end to end design.
Which other designers are you looking forward to seeing at Bowerbird?
Koa by Kaitlin, Emma Kate Co, Solder
What’s your favourite piece of your own work that will be available at Bowerbird?
The Cord Roll!