Karthik Poduval - Designer
Karthik Poduval graduated from Camberwell BA 3D Design course in 2013 and now works as a freelance designer.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently finalising things with some manufacturers I’m working with outside of the UK. I am working on two products, one is a cake cutter, a product I actually came up with in my second year at Camberwell, but didn’t follow up on until I graduated, and the other is a chopping board.
What was the best piece of advice you were given whilst at Camberwell?
I used to get quite carried away and take on too many different projects at once. I wasn't very good at prioritising what was most important. I was told by my course leader Karen Richmond that I needed to focus more in order to give my work more depth. This is partly still the case, I do find myself getting a bit over excited, and have to remind myself of what she told me!
Is your current practice related to the work you did at Camberwell?
Yes, almost entirely, though now my practice has more of a business focus. My project management skills are also put to greater use as I am designing for retail and larger scale production.
Where do you hope your degree course will have led you in 10 years’ time?
I hope in 10 years time that my course will have led me to be designing for retail on a larger scale whilst still maintaining the integrity and critical eye of the designer that we were taught to be at Camberwell. Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the huge amount of responsibility that designers really have in today's consumerist society.
What tips would you give to a student starting out at Camberwell?
To take advantage of the freedom and the facilities that Camberwell offers you. To explore new and exciting things on your course and outside of it. Be really ruthless with your time as well.