Hot ‘n’ Cold

Last week 2nd Year Product Design students presented their final concept proposals to Ebac as part of a ‘live’ brief ‘ with the North East, design and manufacturing company. Senior Designer Engineer and Teesside Alumni , Clyde Pittaway, was delighted with the high standard of the presentations and the level of technical detailing.   The company are now reviewing the proposals.

 

Graduates deliver online masterclasses

This week members of the E3 Design Consultancy, all graduates from Teesside, delivered insightful online workshops in digital illustration, Solidworks and Keyshot sharing hints and tips picked up from working in the industry with our students.
For some years, Product Design has engaged with a professional design consultancy E3 Design, based in Newcastle, in the delivery of future facing, employment skills. Practitioners from the consultancy are involved in sharing their working practices and highlighting their experiences in a professional working environment.

David Fox returns to Teesside

Thank you to David Fox for a fascinating insight into the world of furniture design. Our 2nd year Product students are looking forward to working on a brief set by David along with his support and knowledge.

Grand day out

Great day out visiting the EBAC factory. Thanks to product graduate and Senior Design Engineer at the company, Clyde Pittaway, for arranging what was an immensely enjoyable and detailed tour of their fascinating plant .

Awards Night

A rather belated post but we had a great night at the Student Starpack Awards back in July last year. To celebrate winners of the Schools and Students Starpack 2017 Awards, a presentation was held on 28 June at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining headquarters at 297 Euston Road, London. Product Students Ralph Deloso, Beth Sanderson and David Donaghue picked up there GOLD awards.

Starpack Success – 4 years in a row

The prestigious Student Starpack Industry Awards scheme was established in 1964 and this year is the fourth year in a row where students from Teesside University have been amongst the winners.

Starpack recognises a growing demand for packaging designers – people who can design packs that are not only attractive but also functional, and that can be produced cost-effectively while considering environmental issues.

The students entered briefs in three categories: The Future Milk Bottle, Motor Oil Dispensing Pack and Luxury Gift Packaging – family range of cans for teas or coffees.

The University picked up two awards in 2015, 11 awards in 2016, four in 2017 and this year we have walked away with seven. Three golds including two sponsors awards, 2 silver and 2 highly recommended.

Winning students were:
Chris Armstrong – Silver
Declan Carter – Silver
Ralph Deloso – Gold and Sponsor Award
David Donaghue – Gold
Abul Habeeb – Highly Commended
Beth Sanderson – Gold and Sponsor Award
Chantelle Wilson – Highly Commended

Cooking up a storm…

2nd year students went to Andrew James last month to present their concept ideas for a range of kitchen utensils.

Andrew James is an award winning company specialising in kitchen equipment and gadgets. Established in 2005 they have become a major force in internet retailing.

The students are now preparing their final work for a presentation, here on campus, in the coming weeks.

Barcelona and a bit of F1 testing

Earlier this month Product Design students went on a study visit to Barcelona. Despite the weather we had a great time. One of the main visits of the trip was the F1 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya. What an amazing experience and the sounds were just awesome. Other visits included a guided tour of the Seat factory, the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona (Design Museum) and the unfinished Sagrada Familia designed by Antoni Gaudi.

Day trip to Berghaus…

Product Design students visited the Berghaus Design Centre to present their interim concepts for trail running, walking shoes.   After a tour of the facility, the students presented their work to apparel designer, Margot Gandelin and Footwear designer, Joe O’connell (pictured right)   The tour gave students a fantastic insight into Berghaus trend forecasting, design process and garment testing procedures.   We look forward to presenting the final designs to the company in early May.

 

Well done Jess

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2nd year Product Design student Jess Chambers’ Safe Sanitation project was selected to be showcased at the Design Museum’s Design Factory Symposium.

The museum, which is devoted to contemporary design, annually sets a challenge to degree design students to help promote the museum as an essential resource for research and practice.

Jess’ idea and design for the Prive Cube, a toilet for use in Third World Countries, was among entries selected to take part in the symposium at the London museum, chosen by design industry experts. Her design was inspired by a past trip to Gambia with the Affecting Real Change charity.

Jess said: ‘I am interested in designs which can help to make lives easier for people, after being inspired by a company’s designs to take tablet computers into African schools to help children learn. This inspired me to design something which would help to make life at school easier for children living in Africa.

‘My initial research revealed that sanitation was one of the main issues why children in the Gambia missed school. I also discovered that one in three people in Africa are unable to use a public toilet safely as they are at risk either from sexual assault or attacks by an animal, due to the design of some toilets with many not having a lock. It is a shocking statistic.

‘Toilets in use are often nothing more than a metal hut, which is not very secure. There is also additional issue that there is not often a lock, or the lock is often the outside.’

As part of her research, Jess spoke to the Affecting Real Change charity, which is involved in projects in Africa and India with schools and communities to help improve everyday life. This led Jess to focus on security as a key issue, along with ensuring the toilets would be suitable for use by both genders.

Jess said: ‘The main issues I found with the current toilet design were sanitation and security, which I used as the basis of my design and to provide users with safe sanitation.’

She received a certificate in recognition of her design idea.