Meet Industrial Design student Nash Escalada

Meet Industrial Design student Nash Escalada


My name is Nash Escalada. I’m from Whitby, Ontario, and I’m currently in my fifth
year of industrial design. I was never really the kid
that liked math or science, I was always the kid that drew in class. And I remember, actually
one time I got in trouble for drawing in class, and
I find that pretty funny, now that I’m studying industrial design and I’m getting into a career where I’m gonna get paid
to do that type of thing. I was around six or seven years old, and I remember my grandfather, he gave me a box of nails, a
piece of wood, and a hammer. And he taught me how to hammer the nails straight into the wood. And I think it was moments like those, that really enabled me to explore my curiosity and creativity. So I’m doing my thesis on what the future of estate
planning might look like. The reason I got into that area of focus was because earlier this summer,
my grandfather passed away. And that was one of the
first times I really got a real understanding of what
is involved when someone dies. 90% of my family lives in Argentina, so it’s very disconnected from me, and so when my grandfather passed away, I learned about what my
dad had to go through to take care of his estate
and all his property. And I started asking myself questions of, why don’t I have a will? What happens if I die? How are my parents gonna deal with that? What happens if my parents die? I had no clue on what
the next step would be. I’m looking at more of the emerging technologies, artificial intelligence, and I’m trying to think
of how that technology can help automate these repetitive administrative tasks that people have to go through, ’cause right now it seems very unnecessary to go through some of these things. Being an industrial design
student has opened up many opportunities for me. I’ve been lucky enough
to work with companies like General Motors, I’ve worked with them
for two separate terms as a creative specialist intern. I’ve also worked with a
company called Design UX, which is a strategy and
marketing consultancy, where I helped with
some of the UX UI work. And now, more recently, I’m currently working at
a company called Myant, where they’re doing wearable technology, and I’m helping them develop their product so that they can launch
it later this year. (upbeat music)

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