We caught up with BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate and Creative Conscience Gold award winner, Kieran James about his work, four years at AUB and the future…

“I suffer from asthma and rarely carry an inhaler, when I heard that the number of asthma attacks is increasing I decided to see what I could do about it. My response was to create ‘Breathe’, a small refillable inhaler that blends into your lifestyle. The inhaler is accompanied by a smartphone app that connects to your device and is able to help you through an asthma attack.

I started working on it at the beginning of third year and developed it throughout the year. I worked on it at the same time as my Final Major Project.

My time at AUB has been amazing. I did a Foundation course here as well, so I have been here for four years. I’m so glad I stayed on to do the degree, as the course has been a perfect fit for me and I have just developed and improved more than I thought I could.

I mean at A-levels I got U’s in Graphics and Photography and an E in Art & Design. I slightly improved after re-taking them, which allowed me to get into AUB, but it wasn’t until I got here that I started to improve greatly and produce better work and get better grades.

Ending up with a First after getting U’s is a testament to how good a time I had at AUB and how good the tutors are. All the tutors and technicians that I have known over my four years have helped me and pushed me to develop not only my design skills but many others including my confidence, critical thinking, development and presentation skills and just caring about my work in general.

They are truly what has made mine and every other Graphic Design student’s time at AUB so much fun and so rewarding. They are truly what makes the course so successful. 

As for what is next for me, I don’t really know. I feel like I need to move to London as have been in Poole and Bournemouth my whole life, and need to experience living and working there for a bit. I think I need to intern at a few places first and find somewhere that I fit in and can produce some amazing work.

After the D&AD New Blood show, I have a few contacts and people to follow up on so I’m just excited for what the future might bring and just want to get my work out there a bit more.”

You can take a look at Kieran’s award-winning project here.