A Launch Pad to the World of Work!

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Creative Arts Week is the culmination of 3 years of study for our students in the School of Arts and Media.   This year we were honoured to have Alan Davey, Chief Executive of the Arts Council launching the event and we were pleased to see so many friends at the opening night, joining the proud families of our graduating students in celebrating their hard work and achievements.

Product Design students, as ever, put on a great show with projects ranging from hydroponics to furniture and from vehicles to supermarket trolleys.   I think that the individualism of Teesside graduates makes Design at Teesside stand out from the crowd.   On the night we were joined by many of our business partners and I was pleased to receive so many compliments on the high quality of the work and the refreshing variety of projects on offer.    It is always good to hear such comments from employers particularly when compared favourably against courses with a “predictable” house style.

If you did not catch the show then all is not lost.   We will be exhibiting in London between 3rd – 6th July at the New Designers Exhibition, The Business Design Centre, Islington, London.   New Designers is a fantastic national platform for us and our students.   It’s a venue where leading companies “shop” for their new design talent and they will certainly find that on the Teesside stand.   If you are in London, come and say hello.    You’ll be in good company!

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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.

Working with Industry

Godfrey Syrett Visit

This week, students from yr 2 visited North East manufacturer Godfrey Syrett as part of a “live” industry linked project.    The students are developing design solutions to a variety of problems centred on the future office and better learning environments.

The trip included a presentation from Financial Director Craig Billingham, a factory tour and review of a range of existing products.

The students will be presenting their designs to the company in early May but the story is not likely to end there so watch this space…

http://www.godfreysyrett.co.uk/

 

Product Design Discovery Day – PhotoShop Illustration

Today, students from Darlington College along with their Tutor Rob Elliott visited Teesside University and took part in the Product Design Discovery.

“Illustrating ideas is a core skill for designers, regardless of their discipline. Traditionally this is done on paper either freehand or with drawing aids – rulers, compasses and templates. These drawings are then rendered using markers and pastels.
PhotoShop, which was originally developed for photo editing, has been adopted throughout the design and film industry as an illustration package, due to its powerful array of tools. These tools allow you to apply colour and tone in much the same way as using marker and pencils.”

Having no prior experience with digital illustration and PhotoShop the students produced some excellent work. Below are some examples.DD-01

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Student Projects – Submersible Superyacht

Jonathan Pearson – ‘Balena’ Luxury Submarine

Explore coral reefs, ship wrecks, subsea formations and many areas of interest. The Balena presents comfortable viewing without the need or limitations of diving.

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The deck allows the Balena to be used in the same way as an existing yacht when surfaced. The lower deck just below water level provides safe and comfortable access to the sea.

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 Travel unhindered by weather. In the case of a storm submerge below the effects on thesurface and continue your journey smoothly and unaffected.

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 Hydrogen fuel cells help lower environmental impact whilst increasing range and endurance. Twin jets produce a total power output of 1400bhp.

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Jonathan Pearson graduated in 2008 with a 1st class. He now works as a Product Designer for i4 Product Design a Scottish based product development company located in Edinburgh.

Check out their website at: www.i4pd.co.uk

Product Design Showreel 2012

Another chance to see the Product Design Showreel that was on show at the New Designers Exhibition in London July 2012. The showreel showcases the work of our graduates from 2012. The exhibiton was a great opportunity for our students to get their work in front of 100’s of professionals from the design and manufacturing industries. This year’s final year students will be presenting there from the 3rd – 6th July. The exhibition is held at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London.

Arcade Games Project is Ergonomically Sound

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Full size test- rigs were made in the workshops

1st year Product Design students at Teesside University recently enjoyed a very challenging group project to design an ergonomically sound Arcade Game for the Future. Students carried out research into existing games, anthropometric and ergonomic data, and built their own test-rigs and models to make sure their designs were completely viable for all audiences. Students selected a team leader for their groups and everyone got a job that suited their skills. The results were a resounding success and  demonstrated how enthusiastically students had risen to the challenge of not only designing but prototyping and testing their ideas out on real people. Well done to all!

Adam secures European Placement

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Adam a budding musician designed, for his major project, a ‘smart’ guitar that helps beginners to learn to play .

Product Design graduate Adam Allport has recently secured a 13 week placement with a design company called ‘Loudmark’ in the beautiful city of Prague. Adam applied for the placement through Accentuate. Accentuate is funded by the EU to provide placements in Europe for currently unemployed (or under employed) graduates based in the NE of England. Each placement is 13 weeks long and is located in one of 3 major cities – Prague, Seville and Cork.

‘The loudmark is a creative agency from Prague manned and directed by Jakub Zagar. The main focus is on unique design experience in the latest trends with the strong accent on client’s current needs.’

Adam has just posted on our Facebook page and although he is only 3 weeks into the placement it looks as though there may be a permanent position at the end of it , which would be great.

Special Guest

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This week we had a very special guest delivering a Wednesday Lecture

Helen Hughes graduated in 1997 from Teesside University with a BA(hons) Design Marketing degree and we have kept in touch with Helen and her career ever since.

 

She has worked for

  • Field Packaging as a designer
  • Wrap (Waste & Resources Action Programme) which is an independent not-for-profit company as a Project Manager and Packaging Design Advisor in the retail innovation team where she helped brands and FMCG owners deliver against sustainability targets
  • She is currently the Sustainability Strategist at Design Bridge, London

Helen’s talk was both inspiring and eyeopening around the subject of sustainability within design – a subject important to all of us.

http://www.designbridge.com/