Archive for ‘industrial design’

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 8, 2011

New Designers 2011 – New Designers Wilkinson Award for Product Design

New Designers Wilkinson Award for Product Design Winner: Martin Jordan,  Huddersfield University

Project: Piece titled ‘Nail It

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Award Prize:£1,000 cash prize OR a £500 cash prize and a work placement with the opportunity to develop a product for Wilkinson.

Judges Comments:We instantly warmed to Martins innovative DIY product. His functional, practical solution for an everyday problem was presented with great care and attention to detail. His idea has great potential to expand into a broader range of DIY products.

via New Designers 2011 – New Designers Wilkinson Award for Product Design.

May 17, 2011

James Dyson: Reinventing Britain

“James Dyson has made millions by allowing us to see the dirt we suck up. As he calls for more inventors, Lucy Siegle asks him about manufacturing abroad, design disasters and whether he could build a nuclear reactor”

read the full article here – James Dyson: Reinventing Britain | Technology | The Observer.

,,,”His enthusiasm and ability to humanise the workings of the materials and the structure is infectious (next day I find myself googling magnets to find out what they are actually made from). ..”

…..”Dyson does not have a problem speaking his mind, or indeed being heard, and he’s done a good job of keeping the topic of industrial design in the news. Take his recent suggestion that Chinese students were stealingintellectual property from UK universities, which caused a minor storm….”

…..”And when can we see your next invention, I ask. “When it’s ready!” And with that, Dyson’s chief engineer bounces off to the R&D laboratory.

Entries for the James Dyson Award are open until 2 August. To enter, visit

December 10, 2009

Dyson opens Bluewater pop-up store | News | Design Week

“Dyson opens Bluewater pop-up storeThu, 10 Dec 2009 | By Emily Pacey Print Email Share SaveDyson opens its first pop-up shop today, created by the product company’s in-house team. If Dyson deems the venture a success, it will consider opening a permanent store. The shop is located at Bluewater shopping centre in Kent and features Dyson products including nine vacuum cleaners and the recently launched Dyson Air Multiplier fan.‘We are taking a museum-display approach to the retail design, letting the products speak for themselves,’ says a Dyson spokeswoman.The window of the 120m2 store displays an industrial robotic arm, usually used by Dyson to test prototypes. The arm will twist a DC24 Ball vacuum cleaner almost constantly throughout the pop-up shop’s six-week run.Visitors to the shop will be able to test the products’ effectiveness in ‘dirt-destroying trials’ and talk to Dyson engineers, who will staff the store.The shop closes on 25 January.”

via Dyson opens Bluewater pop-up store | News | Design Week.

December 7, 2009

Natural Fibres ’09

Natural Fibres ’09

14 Dec 2009 – 16 Dec 2009, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, London, UK

Materials for a Low Carbon Future

Organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Natural Fibres ’09 is one of the final events of 2009, in the United Nation’s designated International Year of Natural Fibres.

This three day International Conference will celebrate and highlight the increasing use of natural fibres around the World, raise awareness of their diverse engineering properties and take an in-depth look at the research work that is being carried out to quantify and improve the properties of these environmentally sustainable materials in engineering and textile applications.

This event will offer an opportunity for natural fibre industries to come together to foster international partnership and increased understanding of the role that natural materials can and must play in ensuring a sustainable future.

via Natural Fibres ’09 | IOM3: The Global Network for Materials, Minerals & Mining Professionals.

November 17, 2009

Government chooses leading innovations for awards

From Design Week

A curtain hook that fights hospital superbugs and a home water-purification device were among the products honoured at this year’s iAwards.The awards, organised by the Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills and intended to recognise the best of British technological and scientific innovation, took place at the Science Museum in London last night.The overall winner was Horizon Discovery’s X-Man tool, which identifies personalised cancer treatments.Unilever’s research and development department picked up the consumer product award for its Pureit device, which claims to kill all water-borne bacteria and viruses.Blinds manufacturer Opal Contracts won the award for its in-house-designed curtain hooks. The hooks can be loaded onto a curtain rail in groups, reducing the amount of time it takes to change a hospital curtain.The iAward for digital communications went to Powertraveller for its Solargorilla, which uses solar power to charge laptops and mobile phones.Winners of the awards will be helped by UK Trade & Investment to meet potential business partners at key events such as the Medica trade fair in Germany.

via Government chooses leading innovations for awards | News | Design Week.

November 5, 2009

Dieter Rams in conversation with Deyan Sudjic on Vimeo

Exhibition 18 November – 07 March 2010 The Design Museum

“Question everything generally thought to be obvious.”

Dieter Rams

As head of design at Braun, the German consumer electronics manufacturer, Dieter Rams emerged as one of the most influential industrial designers of the late 20th century by defining an elegant, legible, yet rigorous visual language for its products. The exhibition will showcase Rams’ landmark designs for Braun and furniture manufacturer Vitsœ, examine how Rams’ design ethos inspired Braun’s entire product range for over 40 years, and assess his lasting influence on today’s design landscape.

Dieter Rams’ Ten Principles of good design:

Good design is innovative.

Good design makes a product useful.

Good design is aesthetic.

Good design makes a product understandable.

Good design is unobtrusive.

Good design is honest.

Good design is long-lasting.

Good design is thorough down to the last detail.

Good design is environmentally friendly.

Good design is as little design as possible.

Dieter Rams in conversation with Deyan Sudjic from Vitsœ on Vimeo. Filmed at Vitsœ, 72 Wigmore Street London in September 2008.

via Less and More – The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams.

Dieter Rams in conversation with Deyan Sudjic from Vitsœ on Vimeo.