Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Graham Update

I recently received some images of Graham at the launch event. Apparently he was the "star of the show".

Getting ready for the launch event

At the launch event

Monday, 6 October 2014

Back to School and Graham

Back to School...
          So 4 weeks ago I went back to school, or more accurately, I started at a college that specialises in Engineering so that I can get out from behind my desk and get some practical experience. Although I don't intend to use my new skills practically, the knowledge I'm gaining will help me on future designs.

          Graham (the grey man) is the icon for a new computer program being launched in a local hospital, and over the weekend I made a full size Graham to stand on a presentation stand with his arm over the monitor demonstrating the new program.

Meet Graham
This image has been copied from my Instagram account - go check it out @nmcdonald593

Sunday, 6 July 2014

I'm Back...

Hey all,
I've been away from the blog for a while because its been all 'Go!' on my end. So here's a quick update of what you've missed in the last few months.

1 - CSWP
          I am now the proud owner of a Certified SolidWorks Professional qualification. To achieve this I had to sit a 3 part exam which I was allowed a total of 3.5hrs to complete, and it was suggested that you sit each section on separate occasions (so that you can prepare for each exam individually), but I chose to sit all 3 parts in the same night, and it only took me just over 2hrs to complete all (...cos I'm just that good haha).

2 - I got a new job
          You know the routine; you apply to a few places to find out that they've already filled the position, or it was advertised as Product Design, but they actually want a Graphics guy. Anyway long story short, I got a call asking me to go in for an interview at MPT Group, a company that designs and manufactures full machines that produce mattresses. I absolutely nailed the interview, and was asked to return the following week to meet the MD and have a quick practical test to prove that I am as good as my CV says I am. Which of course I am (because lying on CV's is a big no no), and I was hired.

3 - I've flown the nest
          Since I got the new job, I have to moved out of my mum and dad's house into an awesome apartment. This was mainly out of necessity because my new works was too far to travel everyday from their house, but also, my new job pays just a wee bit more than the last one so now I can actually afford to move out. Plus you know ... I'm 23, its about time I left really.

I'm pretty sure I've covered everything there, meaning you are now fully up to date on my designer life. But now I've got to update my LinkedIn, About.Me, GrabCAD (and probably a few other accounts) to match.

Catch you later,

Sunday, 2 March 2014


Hi all,

Today, I've started making myself an About.Me page to create a "home" page that will link to my various online locations.

It's not quite done yet (I intend to make some changes to the background image, and I may change some other bits yet), but feel free to check out what I've got so far at:

Monday, 16 December 2013

Fast n' Loud

The new series of Fast n' Loud starts on January 1st (in the UK), and I can't wait. Being a fan of the show, I have put together this image.

Monday, 9 December 2013

GrabCAD Projects

I was supposed to make a post the other day when I uploaded a few models to GrabCAD - So ...

Check out the models and renderings I've uploaded to GrabCAD. The projects I have uploaded range from some very simple models, to quite complex ones.
The following link will take you to my projects page, showing an overview of all the projects I have uploaded.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Recording Studio

Today, Dan Fairhurst and myself will be designing a full recording studio for 21:12 Music Community (a set of local rehearsal & teaching studios).

Both myself and Daniel have a musical background which will give us the upper hand on this project, and we have worked closely with 21:12 on musical events in the past, but this will be our first design project with them.

It's going to be a good day.

Thursday, 24 October 2013


I am just signed up for this years Movember - its my first year Mo-ing.

Starting November 1st I will be 100% clean shaven (yes my awesome goatee is coming off) and I will start Mo-ing in support of the various "Mens Health" charities linked to Movember. Please show your support and check out my Mo-Space profile at www.mobro.co/nathanmcdonald1991

Monday, 21 October 2013

Designs On Sale

On Friday just gone (18/10/13) I was told that the new UK-CF range that I have worked on have officially gone on sale - how awesome is that?!?!

See all the products on the UK-CF webpage.

New banner image for UK-CF home page

Barcelona with Oslo and Rome
Barcelona A/V Unit


Oslo Drawer Set

Rome Coffee Table


Tokyo TV Stand


Vienna TV Stand


Vienna and Oslo Sets

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Metallica: Through the Never

On Tuesday night me and my friends went to watch the film "Metallica: Through the Never" - it was awesome!

Since then I modelled the Through the Never logo on SolidWorks and rendered in KeyShot which all can be found on GrabCAD at the following link - Metallica: Through the Never logo

And for those of you who haven't seen the film, or don't know what I'm on about, below is the trailer for the film.