Packaging ‘All Stars’…

A great time was had last night at the Starpack Awards which were held this year in the National Space Centre , Leicester.

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Congratulations to 2nd year Product Design students Calum Brookbanks and Lewis White for winning silver and bronze awards respectively.

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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.

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Pack it in!!

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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.

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Lewis’ design for a pack that accurately dispenses the right amount of milk formula every time won bronze.

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Callum and Lewis will be attending the award ceremony at the National Space Centre, Leicester, in September.

‘Teething’ My Way into Industry

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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.

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Designers with a Conscience: Part 3

2nd Year Product Design Student Stephen Mounser was awarded bronze in the Creative Conscience Awards 2014

Design concept for an artificial coral reef that speeds up coral regrowth and aids biodiversity whilst also helping countries that may be struck by natural disasters

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Designers with a Conscience: part 2

2nd Year Product Design Student Martins Elerts was highly commended in the Creative Conscience Awards 2014

Solar Stove Light and Solar Stove Plus are portable ovens which have been created specifically for us in refugee camps. They use solar energy and diffused sunlight to cook food and the visual language is inspired by Syrian architecture and Syrian beehive houses. The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan hosts Syrians fleeing violence. Solar Stoves will give refugees more of a sense of normality and control, as well as enabling them to be active in the refugee community

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The ‘Wright’ stuff

2nd Year Product Design Student Owen Wright was selected by judges from the Design Museum to take part in the exclusive Design Factory Symposium 2014.

The challenging brief was to:

Design something that communicates, provoked reflection on, or tells a story about a cultural identity and how can visual design culture be both global and modern whilst also having a strong cultural identity and ‘dialogic’, or conversational, two-way, relationship to society?

 In answer to the brief, after months of research and development, Owen created the concept of Night Owls – a sustainable and energy efficient form of street lighting.

Owen’s concept was selected as one of the forty winners from the 1000’s of entries received.

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The following is Owen’s own account of the Design Factory Symposium which took place on 19th May this year at the Design Museum, London.

I got to the design museum for 10 o’clock and we were taken to a workshop room on the first floor of the design museum that overlooked the river Thames. After brief refreshments we were introduced to the day by the Deputy Head of Learning, Catherine Ritman-Smith. After this introduction we were given a talk by Designer of the Year 2014 architectural nominee, Alison Brook. Alison explained the way in which she designed and how she and her team came to create innovative designs through research and development. After this talk we were split into groups of about 5 students to develop and create a concept for a welcoming entry to a home using a mixture of design disciplines. The groups included students studying graphics, product and fashion which allowed us to understand how to work in a multi-disciplinary group.

After this exercise we had lunch and an opportunity to walk around the Design of the year exhibit with an employee of the Design Museum so we could ask questions. The final exercise of the afternoon had us helping MA fashion design students, to evaluate and critique their work. In the exercise we had the opportunity to express our thoughts about their work and what we thought could be different or what we thought was good. At the end of the day we had the opportunity to express our thoughts about the day and how it influenced our thoughts on the design process.

Overall the whole experience of the competition brief, from designing my concept, to being chosen as a winner, visiting London and spending a day at the Design Museum, was one I will never forget.”

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