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)
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!
This week, students from yr 2 visited North East manufacturer Godfrey Syrett as part of a “live” industry linked project. The students are developing design solutions to a variety of problems centred on the future office and better learning environments.
The trip included a presentation from Financial Director Craig Billingham, a factory tour and review of a range of existing products.
The students will be presenting their designs to the company in early May but the story is not likely to end there so watch this space…
Another chance to see the Product Design Showreel that was on show at the New Designers Exhibition in London July 2012. The showreel showcases the work of our graduates from 2012. The exhibiton was a great opportunity for our students to get their work in front of 100’s of professionals from the design and manufacturing industries. This year’s final year students will be presenting there from the 3rd – 6th July. The exhibition is held at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London.
1st year Product Design students at Teesside University recently enjoyed a very challenging group project to design an ergonomically sound Arcade Game for the Future. Students carried out research into existing games, anthropometric and ergonomic data, and built their own test-rigs and models to make sure their designs were completely viable for all audiences. Students selected a team leader for their groups and everyone got a job that suited their skills. The results were a resounding success and demonstrated how enthusiastically students had risen to the challenge of not only designing but prototyping and testing their ideas out on real people. Well done to all!