Teesside University Product Design graduate Jannicke Rogne, was part of a team that recently won a professional runner up award for social impact in the Core77 2013 Design Awards working for Norwegian organisation Design Without Borders.
Jannicke worked with her team in Guatemala designing and developing a pediatric wheelchair customised to the needs of children in Guatemala, in partnership with Guatemalen charitable foundation Transiciones. Transiciones, who manufacture low cost wheelchairs for marginalised social groups, lacked a wheelchair targeted towards children in its product range. The needs of a Guatemalan users and the local challenges of poor infrastructure, availability of materials, production facilities, costs and ergonomics were taken into the design process.
The project was also aimed at transferring knowledge about design methodologies, to enable the highly skilled technicians at Transiciones to customise wheelchairs more efficiently and continue to design new models.
Jannicke, along with her team, returned to Teesside recently to give an inspiring and thought-provoking talk about the project and how they had changed people’s lives.
A date for your diaries! We are delighted to be kicking off the new academic year in style with a very special lecture on 3rd October 2013.
Marek Reichman, Director of Design at Aston Martin and one of our prestigious Alumni will be talking about his career and designing for the “coolest car brand in the world” Marek is a great friend to the course and it is always a pleasure to welcome him back to Teesside.
This talk will be open to all current Teesside Product Design students and external invited guests. We will have more details shortly but, in the meantime, keep this date clear!
If you are not currently a student at Teesside but would like to attend, please send a request to Peter Reid – firstname.lastname@example.org (non Teesside University attendees are limited and subject to availability)
The above showreel showcases the student work that was on display at this year’s New Designers Exhibition in London. 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. A record breaking 18,265 visitors came along to see the exhibition – the highest footfall in it’s 28 year history.
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. email@example.com (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.
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!
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…