Hello, my name is Markku Mikkonen and I am one of our HAMK Design Factory staff community members and I work as our community’s technical expert.
How did you end up in HAMK and what do you bring to Design Factory?
I applied to study in the HAMK glass and ceramic design department in late 2015 and graduated in early 2019. During my design studies, I also graduated from Jyväskylä Universities’ basic studies in education.
After my graduation from HAMK, I applied back into the design as a work try-out for a couple of months. During my try-out, I got introduced to the upcoming Design Factory department and from then on, I’ve been working as a technical expert for DF.
What I bring to DF is a wider knowledge/experience altogether. Not only from glass and ceramic design, and from education theory viewpoint, but also from my earlier studies in carpentry and blacksmithing. During my design studies, I also got into laser cutting, 3D modeling and 3D printing. Thus, in this case, one could say, I am a Jack of many trades. My goal is mainly to gain as much knowledge and experience as I can, which then I could share with others.
I see DF as a perfect base for this goal because it gives me the chance to socialize with others from different backgrounds, share and develop my skills even further.
Outside life from Design Factory?
I spend my free time with friends and hobbies. During my hobbies, I mainly practice archery, music, different handcrafting skills. For the rest of my free time, I play different video – and board games with friends and enjoy quiet reading or writing time.
Spending free time means time to forget about the outside world and for self-development… Also sharing that time with a cat that sleeps 90% of the day and with a spider, who just stares 24/7.