You may remember reading an earlier post about Abigail Holden. Abi secured a Silver Award in this year’s Student Starpack Awards. Well…, to update you on her progress…, Abi went on to develop a retail trolley packing system for her major project. She exhibited this at the New Designers Exhibition in London during July and caught the eye of Tescos. Subsequently she was invited to Tescos head office to present her concept.
These projects undoubtedly helped Abi secure her first job in the design profession. Abi has joined international packaging company Chesapeake as a packaging designer, initially being based in Bradford.
Abi is joining another Teesside Alumni, Richard Turnock, a structural packaging designer who will be helping her to settle into her new role. We, in Product Design have worked with Chesapeake for many years including through live student projects and Carol Hammond, Head of New Product Design (Pharmaceuticals) gave an inspirational talk at the university last year. The packaging industry offers some great opportunities for design graduates. It is sometimes an overlooked area when graduates are seeking employment but Design at Teesside has a long history of success in this area
We are so pleased that Chesapeake selected a “Teessider” for this new post and send Abi our very best wishes. Don’t forget to keep in touch Abi!
Just a few images of us preparing for New Designers and our stand at the exhibition in the Business Design Centre, Islington.
What can I say…, the set up went smoothly and we have had some great responses from visitors; professionals and public alike about our graduating students’ work. New Designers, if you don’t already know is THE national showcase for graduating students from around the UK and is the place to be to get noticed and meet companies looking to employ new design talent. As always we have been joined by old friends on the stand who work in the industry. Marek Reichman, Aston Martin design director and great friend to the course dropped by yesterday. I also had a couple of really interesting meetings with other industry partners which I am confident will lead to a rolling programme of one year internships starting next year (so watch this space) and some special guest speakers from the likes of Samsung. Anyway, there is still time to come along and… and… we even have a few complimentary tickets so e-mail if you are in London and would like to visit us. firstname.lastname@example.org (the show is open today and tomorrow – 5th, 6th July)
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.
Please excuse the obvious puns!
Michelle graduated in 2010 and, through a knowledge Transfer Partnership, was employed by Multi National automotive component and precision injection moulding manufacturer, Nifco UK. Michelle was mentored by Senior Lecturer, Peter Reid (that’s me!) to develop new products for the company and to investigate how New Product Development could be more fully utilised within the company. At the end of the project Michelle was offered a full time position, now manages accounts with Jaguar Land Rover and Ford and travels internationally… but why not let Michelle tell you the rest…
Jonathan Pearson – ‘Balena’ Luxury Submarine
Explore coral reefs, ship wrecks, subsea formations and many areas of interest. The Balena presents comfortable viewing without the need or limitations of diving.
The deck allows the Balena to be used in the same way as an existing yacht when surfaced. The lower deck just below water level provides safe and comfortable access to the sea.
Travel unhindered by weather. In the case of a storm submerge below the effects on thesurface and continue your journey smoothly and unaffected.
Hydrogen fuel cells help lower environmental impact whilst increasing range and endurance. Twin jets produce a total power output of 1400bhp.
Jonathan Pearson graduated in 2008 with a 1st class. He now works as a Product Designer for i4 Product Design a Scottish based product development company located in Edinburgh.
Check out their website at: www.i4pd.co.uk