3 years on… Lewis returns

Great to have Product graduate Lewis Brown back in the studios this morning. Lewis is a KTP Associate working with local specialist bathroom equipment supplier Nymas. He gave a talk about his career since graduating in 2018 and his work on the KTP project helping to embed a bespoke New Product Development function into at the company.

Good to see Lewis doing so well.

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.

Design Guest Lecture

David Fox is a Teesside University graduate of (BA) Hons Industrial Design and Design Director at David Fox Design Ltd

David graduated in 1996 and started his career as a designer for a tubular steel bedroom manufacturer in west Yorkshire. In 2002 he decided to pursue his own creative studio.

David Fox Design, is now a multi award winning industrial and product design studio. Their spectrum of product designs range from furniture, to bathroom basins, faucets, cabinet hardware, fabric and carpet design. International client base covers Belgium, Turkey, UK, Italy, Czech Republic, Canada, Poland & Spain.

David Fox Design, is now a multi award winning industrial and product design studio. Their spectrum of product designs range from furniture, to bathroom basins, faucets, cabinet hardware, fabric and carpet design. International client base covers Belgium, Turkey, UK, Italy, Czech Republic, Canada, Poland & Spain.

His award winning ‘Kruze’ chair for Boss Design can be seen on Match of the Day supporting the likes of Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer and also on the 4th floor of the Curve Building here at Teesside.

What are they doing now…

Find out more about the graduates from the class of 2015 – Davey, Mārtiņš, Lui and Stephen

The boys are back in town.

Last week saw the return of four graduates from 2015. It was great to welcome back David Johnson, Martin Elerts, Lui Zatrak and Stephen Mounser . On the morning they delivered a joint presentation to students across design about their time at Teesside, friendships and their careers to date.

In the afternoon they spent time in the studio with our current 3rd year  giving some really good advice and industry insights.

Thanks again to the ‘class of 2015’ until the next time.

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 .

Mārtiņš latest yacht to hit the water

Latest project worked on by Product Design graduate Martins Elerts who now works for Dixon Yacht Design in Southampton. Mārtiņš said he worked on the surfacing of the deck spending many hours refining every square millimetre to get it perfect.

Our order is in.

Baltic 85 Custom sailing yacht

More info on the yacht can be found by clicking here.

 

 

Tees Made in London 2018

Last week, in the sweltering heat of London, students from product design exhibited their final project work at the New Designers Exhibition in Islington.

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.

Funding for the exhibition was raised by the students, through organized events and ‘live’ projects, and through sponsorship. Alongside the exhibition students produced postcards, mini portfolios , business cards and t-shirts to help promote themselves and their work.

This year was arguably our most successful to date with plenty of interest for all the students and potential employment opportunities. Good luck class of 2018.

 

‘Design Plumbing’: an insight into the life of Product Design alumni Matt Hulbert

Matt Hulbert; BA Hons (First Class), MSc

Having graduated from Teesside University’s prestigious Product Design course in 2010, I found myself working within the exciting world of commercial design just three months after graduation. I joined a team of like minded designers at E3Design in Newcastle, where we worked on many household products that millions of people still use daily. At E3 we considered ourselves to be ‘Design Plumbers’ – called in at any point within the design cycle to assist in which ever way we were required to do so. Every day we were met with new challenges, whether it was to re-engineer a specific type of valve for costing down purposes or the conceptualisation and production of specialist laboratory equipment, no task was too big or too small. I am a big believer that Product Design is a creative extension of problem solving, and to be successful within the industry it’s more important that you develop a plethora of skills. My time at Teesside helped me to do just that, we were encouraged not only to develop our drawing, CAD and model making skills but importantly to ask questions and constantly address problems and apply creative thinking to overcome them.

It’s this core skill set that helped me to find my place in the industry and then go on to successfully design and launch my own invention, a digital golf training aid called TALON.  In 2014 I left E3 (whom I continue to work closely with) and started Ojee Golf Ltd with my father, Paul. The last three years I’ve been fortunate enough to embark on an incredible journey, we successfully crowdfunded the TALON on Indiegogo selling 178 TALON units to 20 different countries. We’ve raised more than £150K in funding and were invited to Orlando and Shanghai to help promote UK business.

One of my greatest achievements to date has been realigning with Teesside University on the very course that I graduated from just seven short years ago, only this time as a part-time lecturer. I owe a great deal of gratitude to the University, the course and the lecturers so it feels good to play a part in the future of the course. If I can help to instil the same design values in today’s students that I learnt during my years on the course than it will give them everything they need to help pave their way into a successful design career.