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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Designers with a conscience

2nd year product design students, Stephen Mounser and Martins Elert, had their hard work rewarded at the Creative Conscience Awards 2014. Stephen received a bronze award for his design concept for an artificial coral reef that helps speed up coral growth and aids biodiversity. Martins’ design for portable solar stoves created specifically for use in refugee camps was highly commended.

Last week Martins, along with design tutor Peter Reid, attended the high profile event in London to pick up the awards. Stephen unfortunately could not attend as he is currently working in America.

The awards are judged by eminent people from the design industry such as Sebastian Conran, John Mathers, Ian Callum and Wayne Hemingway to name but a few. So Martins and Peter were in good company.

Stephen’s and Martins’ entries can be viewed here:

http://www.creative-conscience.co.uk/home/the-winners-2014/

Martins is currently working on a summer placement at Solo Ti, world leaders in the design, development and manufacture of thermal imaging equipment. This was on the back of a successful ‘live’ project carried out by students for the company during the year as part of the Product Design programme.

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‘Cut’ above the rest

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3rd Year student Abigail Holden has won a silver award in the Institute of Materials Student Starpack Competition. The judges said of her design for scissor packaging using only corrogated cardboard :

Very clever answer to the brief.  The fact it is from one net is very impressive.  It put a smile on all the judges’ faces.  All in all a great concept.”

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Abi, pictured here with her 2 dogs, Ruby and Gracie, was delighted with the win and is looking forward to the award evening at the IOM headquarters on the 11th July in London.

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Abi’s work will be showcased a week earlier in London at the New Designers 2013 Exhibition.