We recently held the 2nd of three mentoring sessions with year 12 and 13 students from The King’s Academy. 3rd year product design students gave help and advice with the development of their college projects. As part of the visit they also had a digital illustration workshop where they learnt how to use PhotoShop as a rendering tool and produced some great work. The next session in early April will see the Kings Academy students bring in their final designs solutions in model form for a final critique.
Last week we were delighted to welcome Tina Gray, Head of Innovation and Design at Mayborn Group , to the University. Tina gave a special guest lecture entitled “Working in Design, Perspectives from a leading design and manufacturing company”
Mayborn are best known for their Tommee Tippee brand which can be found in the major highstreet retailers. Their feeding, weaning and monitoring products are used by parents and children around the world. Tina gave some insights into the Mayborn design and development process from briefing to production, and some of the issues that operate in this highly competitive market.Tina also discussed the skills and qualities that she looks for when recruiting designers.
After the lecture Tina spent the afternoon in the Product Design studio talking informally with students “one-to-one” and in small groups.
Tina and Mayborn are great friends of the course and it always pleasure to welcome our friends to give specialist lectures.
By Connor Marsden Year 3 student:
Each year, the third year product design students at Teesside inherit the New Designers society. This group of students is primarily a means to organise fundraising activity for the New Designers stands at the end of the academic year. Three students this year have taken on key roles within the Society.
Tim Hargreaves, Lawrie Ward and Ffion Crowhurst have each taken the positions of Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary, respectively. Their task this year is to organise events and manage the society as we being to raise funds for our stand at New Designers 2016, next summer. With the new construction and developments around the University – Not least of all the Curve – Campus Heart is a hive of activity. This gives us an excellent position to organise fundraising activities for the New Designer’s fund.
So far, the society has held a number of small events – bake stalls, cake stands and the like. On the evening of Halloween, a group of us also partook in a sponsored hike. Many attended in fitting Halloween attire, to the bafflement of every other hiker we passed along the way. The trip began at the foot of Highcliff Nab, one of the cliffs overlooking Teesside and the surrounding area. The trek then began through the moorlands, and on to to Captain Cook Monument above Great Ayton. The weather was unseasonably pleasant, and by the fourth hour we reached the base of Roseberry topping. The hill itself is one of the tallest in Northern Yorkshire, with a magnificent view for miles around.
Though the trip was almost non-stop, we managed the reach the topping – and in doing so, raised a considerable sum towards our New Designers stand. As Christmas is approaching, we’ve taken some time to brainstorm new ideas for more events up to and after the New Year. Some of our members have taken the time to begin crafting Christmas gifts, and touch up their model making skills while doing so!
The New Designers exhibition is one of the most important annual events for Design students, and a chance for students from across the nation to meet with industry figures and employers. Held in the diverse London district of Islington at the Business Design Centre, the show offers students a chance to showcase their work and canvas ideas to a variety of Designers, buyers, trend predictors and members of the public. The atmosphere and venue encourage curiosity and invite viewers to a whole range of different Design and Crafts related displays.
As of 2016, New Designers will have been going for 31 years – an established, and well recognized show to be sure. The exhibition is supported by many Event and Media partners. These renowned establishments, such as The Design Trust, The Design Museum, Design Nation and Icon, are among many expected to be attending the coming show.
Held each year, usually in late June and early July, the exhibition is a regular spot for third year design students at Teesside University. For some, this is a springboard opportunity to help launch their new careers, or begin to develop a contact network – invaluable in the field of Design. Employers also look to find fresh talent among graduates, and many former Teesside students have been offered work placements and internships while displaying their work at the exhibition. The exhibition also caters for younger students, with regular campaigns aimed at high school, A-level and college academics. For younger students considering university level study, this is an excellent opportunity to meet tutors and graduates in person.
Click the image above to see more Class of 2015 work at New Designers.
Here, we can see the previous third year’s finished stand at New Designers. The location is prime, and although the show is supported by sponsors and partners, the price of our stand requires some fundraising and more than a little creative thinking.
You can read more at NewDesigners.
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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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.
Tuesday night saw the successful launch of Creative Teesside 2014. The show celebrates the hard work and dedication of final year students in the School of Arts & Media. This year’s show was opened by Product Design Alumni Marek Reichman, Design Director Aston Martin. Marek, pictured with two of his own designs outside the exhibition, was truly impressed with the work on display and commended all the students on their efforts and achievement. The students and graduates appreciated the opportunity to speak to an inspirational Teesside graduate, designer and industry leader.