Designers with a conscience

2nd year product design students, Stephen Mounser and Martins Elert, had their hard work rewarded at the Creative Conscience Awards 2014. Stephen received a bronze award for his design concept for an artificial coral reef that helps speed up coral growth and aids biodiversity. Martins’ design for portable solar stoves created specifically for use in refugee camps was highly commended.

Last week Martins, along with design tutor Peter Reid, attended the high profile event in London to pick up the awards. Stephen unfortunately could not attend as he is currently working in America.

The awards are judged by eminent people from the design industry such as Sebastian Conran, John Mathers, Ian Callum and Wayne Hemingway to name but a few. So Martins and Peter were in good company.

Stephen’s and Martins’ entries can be viewed here:

http://www.creative-conscience.co.uk/home/the-winners-2014/

Martins is currently working on a summer placement at Solo Ti, world leaders in the design, development and manufacture of thermal imaging equipment. This was on the back of a successful ‘live’ project carried out by students for the company during the year as part of the Product Design programme.

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2014 Leavers Show Their Talents in London New Designers Exhibition

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This years cohort of graduate product design leavers are currently showing their skills and final projects in the London’s biggest graduate design show called New Designers. Students show off their projects and portfolios in the hope that they will be ‘talent-spotted’ by businesses and consultancies who visit the show. Every year Teesside University showcase its graduates at this event and is always successful in gaining placements and jobs for students. Good luck every one!!!!tmp_image-72040435755

 

 

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Tuesday night saw the successful launch of Creative Teesside 2014. The show celebrates the hard work and dedication of final year students in the School of Arts & Media. This year’s show was opened by Product Design Alumni Marek Reichman, Design Director Aston Martin. Marek, pictured with two of his own designs outside the exhibition, was truly impressed with the work on display and commended all the students on their efforts and achievement. The students and graduates appreciated the opportunity to speak to an inspirational Teesside graduate, designer and industry leader.

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The School of Arts & Media is hosting the annual “Creative Teesside” event from Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 May 2014 to celebrate the hard work, dedication and achievements of the final year students.

This year the event is being opened by Honorary Graduate and former Product Design student Marek Reichman, Design Director for Aston Martin, on Tuesday 27 May 2014 in the Athena Building and we would be delighted if you would join us for the opening, starting at 5.30pm.

To confirm your attendance or for any questions please do not hesitate to contact Francesca Angus, School of Arts & Media, on 01642 738649, F.Angus@tees.ac.uk

The School of Arts & Media is incredibly excited about the opening event and we look forward to welcoming you to Creative Teesside.

For further information please visit http://www.tees.ac.uk/creativeteesside/

Students enjoy Joint Chinese ‘Design for Ageing’ Project

Second year Product Design students kicked off a joint project with their Chinese counterparts at the  Suzhou Art and Design Technology Institute with a group Skype call where all the students and staff met each other and discussed the details of an exciting new  project. Paul Denison, Principal Lecturer (International) has been working towards getting the project off the ground for 3 years. The project is called ‘Design for our Future Selves’ and the idea is that students from each institution help each other to research issues around ageing in both China and the UK. They then design products in small groups that are ‘cross cultural’ and suitable to be sold in both markets.

The project is being facilitated by two Chinese students who are studying in the 2nd year and who are acting as translators as well as being team members. It is hoped that all sudents will develop a strong sense of working internationally and that this will help them to develop skill sets which set them apart from graduates in other universities.WP_000226 WP_000228