August 19th 2019
Design Your Life podcast E022 with Vince Frost in conversation with industrial designer and founder of Vert Design, Andrew Simpson.
From glassblower to boat maker, eye-wear inventor to car designer and Chopper customiser, Andrew Simpson’s design career gives Jony Ive a run for his money. From the intimately hand-crafted to mass-produced industrial products, the range of Andrew’s output is phenomenal. He works across all aspects of industrial design, strategy and craft, including industrial and medical products, ceramics, furniture, lighting, consumer electrics, wearable tech, eye-wear, shelters and automotive parts, to find meaning and value in design.
Born in Darwin, Andrew grew up in Sydney. A poor student but a natural maker of things, he found his fit as an industrial designer at a young age and after brief spells glassblowing and designing medical products, he founded Vert Design in 2005. Andrew’s experimental approach has led to a great diversity of design within Vert, where the expertise he’s gained through self-initiated projects has informed work with all sorts of leading Australian and global brands.
In this episode, Andrew talks about his love of designers, designing for disability, the things he’d most like to design but hasn’t got around to yet, and his maddening habit as to believe that everything could be designed better.
Join Vince for the latest Design Your Life episode with Andrew Simpson.