Gifford Jackson has been described as the New Zealand industrial design ‘pathfinder’. He studied naval architecture in England during the 1940s, although his real interest was the emerging field of industrial design. When Jackson returned from Second World War service with the RAF, he was employed as a design draughtsman at Fisher & Paykel. He then went to New York, where he spent 17 years working in some of the leading design offices. On his return to Auckland in 1966, he set up a successful consultancy and became a mentor for many young designers. Jackson is pictured at an exhibition of his work at the Depot Artspace in Devonport, Auckland, in April 2013. In the sound file he talks about his first job at Fisher & Paykel in the late 1940s.
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