The Famous Names

… in one’s CV, and why we should mention them! (because after all, don’t we all put our trousers on one leg at a time.)

Let’s look beyond the cool name-dropping factor of having worked under one of the big names in the industry. We all know that the world of yachting is small enough, so we all know what’s going on inside. Name-dropping becomes futile.

But there is another dimension to to, something more real. let’s face it, if you’re working for a young, small outfit, chances are you’re working on smaller jobs. That’s a really good thing because you’ll really learn a lot. The basics. On the other hand, people who can afford it take their big crazy dreams to the studios with the fancy names on the door. Which means that as a designer, you’d have the chance to work on various out-of-this-world projects under ‘real’ conditions. With a paying client and the possibility that it will be turned into reality, which is a huge difference from all the fancy pipe-dreams we came up as students…

“After the completion of the ‘Maltese Falcon’ the name Ken Freivokh inevitably attracted a lot of clients with deep pockets. So, joining the office and living up to its reputation was both challenging and fun. In the end, the global economic downturn slowed down one or the other project, but when we started developing, everything was very real! No matter how crazy an idea looked, we had to stay within a given budget, liaise with yards and suppliers, comply with MCA and class rules. You might think that with projects like the 88m ‘Blade’ or a 72m wavepiercer everything would be possible. In reality the demands are even higher and rules are tougher!”

The bottom line is that there is certainly no right or wrong career path (see also the last post about newcruise and 777). What definitely is right is that any design studio profits from bringing together a team with a broad band of experience!