Episode 6: ‘Deliver A Compelling Story’ – Interview with Simone LeAmon

I often think that the best way to communicate [in presentations] is not leading with a great deal of jargon. It’s not an opportunity to flex your intellectual muscles. It’s an opportunity to engage with other human beings and [to] work to deliver a compelling story about why this design has a right to exist.

Simone LeAmonVery wise words from Simone LeAmon, who I had the pleasure of interviewing this week.

Simone is one of Australia’s leading artists and designers. Her award-winning design work ranges from incredible light fittings to motorcycle body suits, jewellery to chairs and lift car fitouts to design-artwork for exhibition.

She teaches Industrial Design at RMIT in Melbourne, has just wrapped up a 6 year stint as a columnist for In Design magazine and, most recently, curated the design component of the Melbourne Now exhibition, which runs until the 23rd March 2014.

In this episode you will learn:

  • Simone’s ‘Two Things’ about Melbourne designers
  • How Simone approaches her presentations (and why it makes speaking easier!)
  • The personal challenge she sets herself when delivering presentations
  • Why storytelling makes your presentation more engaging
  • The main thing design students struggle with when presenting, and how you can overcome it
  • And much more!

The Story from Studio this week is from Dave, who shares why it’s ok to let your design speak for itself!

Do you have a funny, horrendous, inspiring or just plain memorable anecdote from school, college or university? I would love to hear it, as there is ALWAYS something we can learn from each other’s experiences! 

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