A huge congratulations to the Product Design Class of 2015 on graduating last week. It was great to see everyone and catch up on their careers to date. Well done.
Must read interview in the Top Gear magazine with Marek Reichman, Teesside Graduate and Aston Martin’s design boss, on creating a car for the world’s most famous secret agent.
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A great time was had last night at the Starpack Awards which were held this year in the National Space Centre , Leicester.
Congratulations to 2nd year Product Design students Calum Brookbanks and Lewis White for winning silver and bronze awards respectively.
It was also great to meet up with Design Graduate Richard Turnock who was receiving an industry award. Richard who now works for Multi Packing Solutions as their Senior Construction Designer, graduated from Teesside in 2000. In 1999 he was in the same position as Calum and Lewis winning a Gold in the Starpack Awards. Talk about things going full circle.
Last week, in the sweltering heat of London, students from Product Design exhibited their final project work at the New Designers Exhibition in Islington.
Funding for the exhibition was raised by the students through organized events, ‘live’ projects and through sponsorship.
New Designers takes place every year at the Business Design Centre which was once the Royal Horticultural Hall. Over 3.500 graduates exhibited from institutes all across the UK.
New Designers allows students to showcase their work alongside fellow graduates from across the UK with the aim of getting themselves noticed and that first foot on the ladder, which will help shape their future.
It was a great week with lots of interest from both the Industry and potential employers. We also welcomed a lot of ex-students onto the stand who had come along specifically to catch up and to meet the current graduates.
Last night saw the opening of the Product Design Degree show which is part of Creative Teesside. It was a busy night with friends, family and colleagues from Industry all celebrating the hard work that went into the projects on display.
The show will be open for the rest of the week. Everybody is welcome to visit.
Final year students are working hard to get models finished in time for their presentations next week. Come and see the result of their endeavours at Creative Arts Week.
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Product design students recently returned from an epic study trip to Italy and we thought we’d share a few moments with you.
Arriving in the Italian style capital, you can’t fail to be impressed by Milan.
Day 1 started with a trip to the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci”… The Science Museum to the likes of me and you! This is where I caught this lovely snap of our students in the Da Vinci Gallery which had intricate models of the great man’s many inventions. The Science museum is on my must see list.
We then headed to the city centre for lunch and the Duomo di Milano (the cathedral). What a building!
It’s difficult to believe that they started building it in 1386 and only finished construction in 1965!… and now they are having to renovate the old bits! :-/
Having been awestruck by the interior, many of us climbed the all too many steps to the roof. Another photo opportunity amongst the spires of white and pale pastel marble. You can see the mix of old and new. The views were spectacular.
And afterwards, a walk around the designer fashion shops in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II followed by a beer (or two) in the city centre overlooking the Duomo. And yes…, those are 1 litre glasses (just don’t ask the price!)
Day 2 and we headed south to the Ferrari factory and museum.
We started the day with an escorted tour of the Ferrari test track and factory before visiting the museum.
The whole experience was fascinating from some of Ferrari’s classic racing cars to the stunning La Ferrari and of course, a Ferrari simulator! The students took a group Selfie but I quite like my perspective on it.
After Ferrari, we spent the evening in Bologna, a walk around the old town piazzas followed by some great, authentic Italian food. We took over the entire restaurant!
Day 3 saw us head for the Museo Ferruccio Lamborghini.
Museum director, Fabio Lamborghini, nephew of Ferruccio, gave us a personal tour of the museum.
Fabio had some great anecdotes about his uncle. Our thanks to Fabio for bringing the entire Lamborghini story so vividly and passionately to life.
From tractors, to air conditioning, the “Popemobile” to the very beautiful Miura we heard all about the ground breaking innovations and the “genius of Ferruccio”
It was quite a road trip. An unforgettable and inspirational experience for all.
I am reminded that Enzo Ferarri once said “If you can dream it, you can do it”
At Teesside, we believe that too….
2nd year students Callum Brookbanks and Lewis White have won silver and bronze star awards, respectively, in the Institute of Materials Student Starpack Packaging awards.
Callum’s entry for a squeezable butter pack with patterned nozzle won silver.
Lewis’ design for a pack that accurately dispenses the right amount of milk formula every time won bronze.
Callum and Lewis will be attending the award ceremony at the National Space Centre, Leicester, in September.
This week saw a team of staff and 3rd students from Product Design take on other teams from around the University in the Festival of Learning Challenge.
Each team had to perform a number of physical and mental tasks against the clock which included making and riding a ‘Flintstone ‘ style car, bridge building and diving headfirst into a ball pool. The team hoped to win the £1000 1st prize to bolster the New Designers Exhibiton Fund.
The whole event was great fun despite being pipped at the post into 2nd place. Need to work harder next year.
In the summer I conducted a 3 month internship as a junior designer with Jackel International under the Tommee Tippee brand. In the position I was given the opportunity to work with industry professionals in an in-house design department. In the role I was given the opportunity to develop design ideas for the company in a number of ways, working by myself in producing baby products and generating detailed research to support and show marketing teams the reasoning for the developed designs. I also worked with and alongside my colleagues to produce products for toddlers creating detailed sketch work, analysis and research to which we presented to groups from marketing, sales, quality control and manufacturing.
My time working in the position has allowed me to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the work that is conducted in a real life industry standard design company. The enthusiastic, fun and friendly team I worked alongside have all contributed to my understanding and further knowledge of industrial design. I will take away this knowledge and apply it to the work I conduct in the future hoping to develop my skills to help me secure that dream job.
3rd Year Product Design