Lockdown hobbies 

Josh Lyman skiing in Petit Pli Khaki Ray Mask

“The pandemic has given me the opportunity to try some new hobbies that previously I might not have explored.

We are thrilled to take you all to the West Coast of the United States with our next Petit Pli Portrait featuring Josh, a Product Designer who’s been teaching himself 3D CAD.


1. What do you do?

I work as a product designer for a company called Fictiv, who are looking to revolutionise modern day manufacturing. In my role I’m responsible for helping define and design the online ecosystem we have for ordering precision-made parts on demand. Basically, making our customer experience as good as it can be. 

 2. What has been a window of joy for you during the pandemic?

The pandemic has given me the opportunity to try some new hobbies that I might not have explored otherwise. I have been learning how to ski, which is something I’ve always wanted to do but never had time for. I also started teaching myself the 3D CAD tool Blender. It was a great time for self reflection as well and slowing things down to focus on what makes me happy. 

3. What does sustainability mean to you?

Sustainability to me is a mindset and a mission. Being in the design field exposes you to so many companies that are looking to tackle the sustainability problem head-on. It’s exciting to see, and while daunting, I know that each new innovation gets us one step closer to a more sustainable future. It’s going to need to be a collective effort.


4. If you could go back in time to speak to your LittleHuman self what would you say?

I would tell myself that you don’t need to already be good at what you want to do. These days there seems to be this notion that kids should naturally have a knack for whatever field they want to get into. But they call it learning for a reason. It’s learning how to do something that’s the real journey and where you start to define your craft. 

The pandemic and lockdown brought us new challenges indeed, but we cannot agree more with Josh that it was also an opportunity for many to explore new interests and hobbies! 
Thank you to Josh for sharing your experience with us. 
Published: 9/04/21

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