1st in a series of product design alumni talks this morning and what a great way to start with 2015 graduate Martins Elerts all the way from Latvia. Martins talked about his work as project designer for Dixon Yacht Design. Fascinating insight into ‘day in the life of…’
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.
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.
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.
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.
Product Design graduate Mārtiņš Ēlerts, who now works for Dixon Yacht Design in Southampton, has just got back from the Cannes Yachting Festival where the new Sealine C430 motor boat was unveiled.
“This is not the first boat that I have worked on to hit the water, but it is the first project where I had the privilege to see the entire development process. From the beginning, the very first sketch, initial CAD model, all the way to a finished boat moored up at the Cannes Yachting Festival. My main role in this project was to build the exterior CAD model, which was then further developed by our team of engineers and naval architects.”
It’s a fairly rapid design process, as most of the fine design features are created on the go. Some quick dirty 20 second sketch might happen every now and then, but usually all the different ideas are quickly modelled in 3D and agreed on, or dismissed, without ever touching a piece of paper or pencil. The main advantage is the ability to see and evaluate every idea from all angles in the correct proportions in the actual environment. Might not sound like the traditional design process, but it’s the reality of working in a small team, with short deadlines.”
“Now just have to wait for the chance to go on sea trials with the team.”
And here is a video of it on water
John Barratt, President and Chief Executive Officer of US-based global design consultancy TEAGUE, received an honorary doctorate in Business Administration at this year’s graduation ceremony.
Founded in 1926, TEAGUE is considered to be the most important design consultancy in the world. John joined TEAGUE in 1999, after working in leading positions at Philips Design. He has dedicated his time to building on TEAGUE’s heritage, strengthening partnerships with some of the world’s leading brands including Intel, Starbucks, The Boeing Company and Samsung and pushing TEAGUE’s longstanding mission ‘to build a new and better world’ into the 21st century.
John studied at what was then Teesside Polytechnic, graduating in 1988 with a BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design – Industrial Design. John said of his time at the University: ‘Teesside helped shape the person I am today. It taught me the philosophy of doing over talking, thinking through making and creating a culture that prioritises the ‘we’ over ‘me’. The notion of team is something I learned at Teesside and the experience has been the foundation to my life’.
You can listen to John here.
Following on from last year’s epic trip to Italy, the delights of Milan and visits to Ferrari and Lamborghini, Product Design students recently returned from this year’s International Study Trip to Amsterdam!
I thought it would be difficult to top Italy, but what a fantastic city to visit.
The highlight for me was our visit to the Philips Museum in Eindhoven where we had a private escorted tour and learned about the history of this, most iconic of companies, from its early beginnings as a manufacturer of light bulbs to today’s global force in design innovation.
Our hotel was in the heart of the Museums Quarter and we, of course, visited the world-class Van Gogh, Stedelijk and Ryjks museums. Well… it would have been rude not to! Nothing quite compares to seeing the great works of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Kandinsky, Monet, I could go on “up close and personal”. You get a real sense of “feeling” and how the artists worked in a way you can never quite appreciate from a screen or book.
There was also plenty of free time for the students to take in some culture, including cutting gem stones in the diamond quarter, “designer” shopping, the flower markets and Amsterdam’s vibrant night life to name a few.
And…, we are already thinking about next year’s trip. High on the list is a return visit to Berlin in 2017, the VW Autostadt and Bauhaus. We’ll have more information at the start of term in October.
Product design students recently returned from an epic study trip to Italy and we thought we’d share a few moments with you.
Arriving in the Italian style capital, you can’t fail to be impressed by Milan.
Day 1 started with a trip to the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci”… The Science Museum to the likes of me and you! This is where I caught this lovely snap of our students in the Da Vinci Gallery which had intricate models of the great man’s many inventions. The Science museum is on my must see list.
We then headed to the city centre for lunch and the Duomo di Milano (the cathedral). What a building!
It’s difficult to believe that they started building it in 1386 and only finished construction in 1965!… and now they are having to renovate the old bits! :-/
Having been awestruck by the interior, many of us climbed the all too many steps to the roof. Another photo opportunity amongst the spires of white and pale pastel marble. You can see the mix of old and new. The views were spectacular.
And afterwards, a walk around the designer fashion shops in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II followed by a beer (or two) in the city centre overlooking the Duomo. And yes…, those are 1 litre glasses (just don’t ask the price!)
Day 2 and we headed south to the Ferrari factory and museum.
We started the day with an escorted tour of the Ferrari test track and factory before visiting the museum.
The whole experience was fascinating from some of Ferrari’s classic racing cars to the stunning La Ferrari and of course, a Ferrari simulator! The students took a group Selfie but I quite like my perspective on it.
After Ferrari, we spent the evening in Bologna, a walk around the old town piazzas followed by some great, authentic Italian food. We took over the entire restaurant!
Day 3 saw us head for the Museo Ferruccio Lamborghini.
Museum director, Fabio Lamborghini, nephew of Ferruccio, gave us a personal tour of the museum.
Fabio had some great anecdotes about his uncle. Our thanks to Fabio for bringing the entire Lamborghini story so vividly and passionately to life.
From tractors, to air conditioning, the “Popemobile” to the very beautiful Miura we heard all about the ground breaking innovations and the “genius of Ferruccio”
It was quite a road trip. An unforgettable and inspirational experience for all.
I am reminded that Enzo Ferarri once said “If you can dream it, you can do it”
At Teesside, we believe that too….
Product Design graduates Anna Staples and Emma Braham applied for European Placements and both ended up working in Cork, Ireland, on three month internship schemes.
Anna has been working for a company called Quay Designs who upcycle furniture and sell it on in their own shop. Anna says:
“I am really enjoying working at Quay Designs because its allowing me to have a hands on approach with all the furniture, see how timber and oak is treated, we get a lot of different styles of furniture in, art deco and 50s kind of stuff. It’s actually ideal for me at the moment. I also get to see what styles of furniture are on trend and what colours are on trend also.”
Emma has been working for Air Dryer Systems Ltd in their new product development department. Emma says:
“The experience has been really good, working on products to extend their current range”
Anna is hoping to extend her stay in Ireland for a further 3 months, whilst Emma has since secured a new position back in England.