I was flicking through a back copy of Blueprint magazine and spotted this advert for a product designed by Teesside graduate David Fox. It is always nice to see professional work by our alumni. I should not really be surprised. Teesside product designers have been making their mark since 1972! Coincidentally, I also saw this Chair on Newsnight recently.
Creative Arts Week is the culmination of 3 years of study for our students in the School of Arts and Media. This year we were honoured to have Alan Davey, Chief Executive of the Arts Council launching the event and we were pleased to see so many friends at the opening night, joining the proud families of our graduating students in celebrating their hard work and achievements.
Product Design students, as ever, put on a great show with projects ranging from hydroponics to furniture and from vehicles to supermarket trolleys. I think that the individualism of Teesside graduates makes Design at Teesside stand out from the crowd. On the night we were joined by many of our business partners and I was pleased to receive so many compliments on the high quality of the work and the refreshing variety of projects on offer. It is always good to hear such comments from employers particularly when compared favourably against courses with a “predictable” house style.
If you did not catch the show then all is not lost. We will be exhibiting in London between 3rd – 6th July at the New Designers Exhibition, The Business Design Centre, Islington, London. New Designers is a fantastic national platform for us and our students. It’s a venue where leading companies “shop” for their new design talent and they will certainly find that on the Teesside stand. If you are in London, come and say hello. You’ll be in good company!