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June 24, 2013

New Designers Pt.1 – 2013 – University of Huddersfield

The University of Huddersfield is presenting three undergraduate degree courses at New Designers 2013 comprising BA/BSc(Hons) Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors; BA(Hons) Textile Crafts and BA(Hons) Surface Design. Each degree course has its specific ethos and aims, leading to a rich and dynamic textile environment nurtured within the School of Art, Design and Architecture at The University of Huddersfield.


Charlotte Nash, Braided Mirror Detail

As a designer, taking inspiration from geometric shapes, grids and repetitive, striped, ‘Aztec’ designs my work investigates the repetition and rhythm of patterning within an…

Katie Soponski, Acoustic Felt 2

‘Artificial Nature’ is a collection of bespoke and tactile acoustic surfaces for use in interior spaces. Inspired by the impossibility of natural phenomena, the collection…

Emma McMinn, Politicising Linen

My work focuses on the idea that Community cannot be outlined on a map, rather it is built, and it can be dispersed again. In…

Rose Street-Simmons, The Benefit Of Hind Sight

Heritage, Iconoclastic, Evolution, Erosion, Rebirth

Emma Hodgson, ‘The Wonder of Geology’

The Fabric shown at new designers is to be aimed at throws within the bespoke market. Mixed composition will play a key role in the…

Kristen Dickinson, Tropic Clash

Tropic Clash SS14

The inspiration for the collection comes from exuberant, exotic animals, surrounded in their lustrous environments. Insects with natural patterns are highlighted with…

Katie Fisher, Urban Clarity

Urban Clarity represents a series of surfaces that have been inspired by the concept of creating translucency within industrial materials. Light becomes tactile and Urban…

Amey Yuill, Repetitive Architextiles

Architextiles; architecture collaborates with textiles to compliment and enhance the architectural structure of a building while using existing architectural forms as an influence within the…

Janine Singleton, Fanciful Disposition

Fanciful Disposition is a bespoke collection of screen printed textiles for Womenswear. The collection promotes the traditional techniques of screen printing however, displays a future…

Rosie Preston, Pixel Craft

Pixel Craft is a collection of rugs developed from the trend “New Digital Aesthetic”. I aim to blur the boundaries between digital drawing and hand…

Charlotte Hall, Smart/ Casual Genes

This collection is created for a range of mid-to-high-end fashion fabrics for young women aged 20-25. Inspired by the idea of the unseen world around…

Deborah Scott, Emotional Sanctuary Collection

My collection is fabric laminated and ceramic printed glass for interiors.

“Emotional Sanctuary Collection” is inspired by people who eat, work, sleep and live…

Exhibiting Graduates: Eleanor Winspear, Kristen Dickinson, Emma Hodgson, Katie Soponski, Deborah Scott, Janine Singleton, Katie Fisher, Rose Street-Simmons, Laura Greenwood, Charlotte Nash, Rosemary Preston, Louisa Crompton, Amey Yuill, Laura Cadman, Charlotte Hall, Emma McMinn

via New Designers 2013 – Huddersfield, University of.

June 24, 2013

D&AD Just over week to go @DandAD_Talent New Blood festival.

D&AD – home of the talented and skilled, the imaginative and the curious, the restless and the bloody-minded. Commercially savvy, sometimes romantic, often cynical and occasionally rather weird. A source of information and ideas: of professional development, support and inspiration, interesting people to talk and nice things to look at. All creative life is here.”

It’s just over a week to go The New blood Festival is open Wednesday 3 July 2013 – Thursday 4 July 2013 

This year’s Student Yellow Pencil winners will be revealed at the Student Awards Ceremony in London on Thursday 4 July.
“Join us from 6pm at Old Spitalfields Market to view the digital exhibition of the nominated work. Then at 8pm we’ll be opening the doors of Christ Church of Spitalfields for the main event with a drinks reception, followed by the Awards presentation at 9pm, where the Student Yellow Pencil winners will take to the stage.”

Creatives the world over value the D&AD Student Awards. Entry to the Student Awards is open to anyone in full or part-time education. Whether you’re a copywriter or photographer, a digital specialist, product designer or something in-between.  Real briefs, set by real clients, judged by top creatives.

Award Levels

Best of Year
The year’s best work for each brief.

Work that rises above Best of Year standard and has the potential to win a Student Yellow Pencil.

Student Yellow Pencil
Work that is outstanding, rather than merely brilliant, wins a Student Yellow Pencil.

  • Student of the Year
  • The best of the best, the ultimate award.  The Student of the Year is selected from all the Pencil-winning entries.
  • University of Huddersfield award winners this year include:-

  • Environmental Design – Spatial Design category Effie Yeoman Paul Bateman Naomi Dominique (Stehr) Robinson

Product Design category Nick Formby & Jeremy Dodd

Good luck to all

for More Information visit  About D&AD.

February 25, 2013

what do you think has “technology killed green design’?

“Sorry green design, its over” (via Dezeen)

Read  a Dezeen special  column by editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs where he explains why designers have dumped dowdy green design in favour of glamorous robots.

Tech has killed green. Until recently the design world was on a mission to save the planet; now it seems enthralled by gadgets. Adjectives like “sustainable” and “eco” have been usurped by upstarts such as “smart” and “hacked”. The cardboard furniture glut of recent years has disintegrated; recycling has gone to landfill.Its not long since design-school grad shows were dominated by the hand-made, the low-tech and the organic; now its all embedded sensors and connected devices. Design fairs have ditched the obligatory maker or two turning discarded pop bottles into chandeliers – or knitting seaweed into cushions – for 3D printers and robots. Collaborations with Vietnamese basket weavers are out; Raspberry Pi mashups are in. In Milan this year the young Dutch contingent will no doubt have stopped serving wholesome hyper-local snacks and will instead be touting lab meat and printed biscuits.Green design felt right at the start of the economic crisis: it sought to replace over-indulgence with frugality, served with a side order of punishment for our wickedness. Penal minimalism was all the rage: spartan furniture made of ethically sourced timber that was so good for you, it hurt.Natural was good, artificial was bad. Soon wed all be growing our own organic food on our city balconies and installing complex plumbing to irrigate it with our bathwater. Wed be going off-grid, hooking up to domestic wind turbines and pondering the plausibility of upcycling under our solar-powered lamps…. the full article can be found here –  Marcus Fairs on how technology killed green design

What do you think? is Green design over?

September 11, 2012

INDEX comes to Huddersfield

The University of Huddersfield  is the very first UK venue for a globally famous display of designs that improve life

Swann Pod INDEX

One of the  INDEX: Award 2011 displays now on show on the plaza outside the University of Huddersfield’s Creative Arts Building. This one contains lecturer Dr David Swann’s design for an all-new nursing bag.

A GLOBALLY-renowned travelling exhibition featuring ultra-innovative designs that impressed judges in one of the world’s most prestigious competitions has come to the University of Huddersfield. We are the first university in the world and the first venue in the UK to host the event. And one of the exhibits is a potentially life-saving invention by one of our lecturers Dr David Swann.

Established in the year 2000, INDEX: Design to Improve Life® is a Danish non-profit making organisation with a global reach. Its goal is to inspire, educate and engage people so that they use design skills to develop sustainable solutions to global and local challenges.  Every two years the  organisation offers the most valuable and prestigious design awards in the world, with prizes of €100,000 each for the winners of its five categories – Body, Home, Work, Play and Community.

The series of dramatic pods on campus exhibiting these ultra-innovative designs can be seen until 29 September 2012, Queensgate Campus, Huddersfield

Dr David Swann earned his nomination for INDEX: Award 2011 by creating a nursing bag for the 21st century after discovering the iconic design that has prevailed for around 150 years could endanger patients’ lives. His radical update is made of non-permeable white plastic and is free from the pockets and folds that previously allowed harmful bacteria to accumulate.

Other exhibits at Huddersfield include the Swedish-designed Hövding, described as the world’s first airbag for cyclists, which claimed first prize in the “play” category. The airbag explodes from a custom-made collar whose inbuilt sensors constantly monitor movement for the telltale signs that an accident is about to happen. Huddersfield is the first British institution ever to host the INDEX: Award exhibition and the sole UK stop on the current tour.


via Events calendar – University of Huddersfield.

April 24, 2012

Designing Women Post War British Textiles FTM London

Great review of Designing Women: Post War British Textiles, at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London by Artsthread.

“This charming exhibition documents the rise of female artists in post-war Britain and the impact they had on shaping the textile design industry.The main segment focuses on Lucienne Day, Marian Mahler and Jacqueline Groag – the most influential to the change of direction in British textile design.”

read on at  Designing Women Post War British Textiles FTM London.

November 28, 2011

Farewell Ken Russell

Film director Ken Russell, who was Oscar-nominated for his 1969 film Women In Love, has died at the age of 84.
Let’s hope we get to see some of his classic BBC documentaries again please, Isadora, Debussy, Elgar.
excerpts from the BBC report :-
“Film-maker Michael Winner hailed Russell’s “duplicity of mind”, adding he had made an “enormous contribution” to British cinema.

“He pushed the barriers completely and got away with it sometimes and didn’t others, but he made some startling movies,”

“He had an eye for the composition of each image on the screen – a great eye for imagery and then, of course, he had a great idea for the grotesque.”

Friend and cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht said: “Among many achievements that spring to mind, he made British cinema less insular and self-referential.”

“He was also a leading creative force in the history of British television. He will be widely mourned.”

Ken Russell: A true British original

August 10, 2011

Nail It – Graduate impresses in national exhibition

DIY tool attracts national retailer. A Product Design student from the University of Huddersfield has wowed major companies at a national exhibition, landing an award and production contract. Martin Jordan, who has recently graduated with a first-class degree, showcased his final year project at the New Designers Exhibition in London, and caught the eye of one of the nation’s major retailers.Martin’s safety-conscious DIY invention took the show by storm, earning him the New Designers Wilkinson Award for Product Design and the recognition of major retailer Wilkinson. Indeed, so impressed were Wilkinson – the judges of the New Designers competition – that they have offered Martin the chance to produce his new tool.

Called Nail It, Martin’s product is a culmination of a year’s worth of research and design, concentrating on a DIY tool from a wide and extensive brief. The concept of the tool is to aid hammering a nail which is self standing, to avoid injury and improve quality.

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July 15, 2011

James Whitfield

Congratulations James! James_W_Design James Whitfield

“Just found out that I am being awarded the Chancellor’s Prize for outstanding performance from the University of Huddersfield!”

Having just finished 4 years of studying BA Product Design at the University of Huddersfield, I am currently undertaking small design jobs as a freelance Product Designer.”

“Anything design fire’s my imagination and enthusiasm, but I particularly enjoy the challenges of 3D design and industrial design.  I love a challenge and problem solving and I am always pushing myself to learn new techniques and keeping on top of new design innovations.”

Via James Whitfield (james_w_design) on Twitter.

July 8, 2011

ARTS THREAD – New Designers

New Designers is an essential resource for all who attend and an invaluable springboard for all who exhibit. Now in its 26th year, New Designers is unrivalled in Europe in bringing together such a broad cross-section of fresh, new design talent under one roof.

Every July, over 3,500 newly graduated designers, representing the top 200 UK design courses, come together at New Designers to meet industry employers, media, trend predictors and a design hungry public. Supported by industry partners who recognise the importance of nurturing design and creativity for the future of their businesses, New Designers works with both blue chip companies and the best new brands.”


Arts Thread and New Designers: Online Graduate Portfolios
“We are delighted to announce that we are working with a new partner, Arts Thread. Arts Thread are now hosting New Designers online graduate portfolios, providing a year round extension of New Designers the exhibition.

Arts Thread provides a comprehensive online directory for new and emerging design talent.  For graduates, it offers invaluable advice and information for those dedicated to developing their career. We are very pleased to have found a partner who shares our values in bringing graduate talent and business together.”



. via ARTS THREAD – New Designers – New Designers

July 8, 2011

New Designers 2011 – New Designers Wilkinson Award for Commercial Surface Design

New Designers Wilkinson Award for Commercial Surface Design

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Winner: Laura Jean Davenport, University of Huddersfield

Read their interview with Laura Jean here

Award Prize: £1000 cash

Judges Comments: An intricate and quality design. Good use of illustration and colour, with an original mix of subject matters which will translate effectively onto a range of textiles and ceramics.

via New Designers 2011 – New Designers Wilkinson Award for Commercial Surface Design.