Posts tagged ‘ADA Huddersfield’

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.

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.

June 2, 2011

Textile Crafts Degree Show Workshops

Students on the BA (Hons) Textile Crafts Degree Course at The University of Huddersfield would like to invite you to participate in our Degree Show Workshops.  Following the success of last year’s Workshops we are hoping to run a similar programme again this year.

A selection of students will present a series of free workshops which will run in an informal way and operate as drop in sessions while viewing the Textile Craft exhibition during the degree show week.  The themes of the workshops will be diverse and  explore contemporary methods of craft practice, innovative textile techniques, discussion groups and storytelling to the under 6’s.  This year’s workshops will run from Monday 20th to Friday 24th June 2011 and will take place at various times throughout the day.

I have attached a copy of this year’s programme –  It would be lovely to see you there – if you envisage bringing groups of five or more then please get in touch and we can make arrangements to accommodate you.
Best Wishes

Clair Sweeney
Textile Crafts / Costume with Textiles 
Tel: +44(0)  01484 472092
Email: <>
School of Art, Design and Architecture, The University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DHworkshop_poster11_web

May 25, 2011

ADA Huddersfield Graduate Shows 2011

The University of Huddersfield School of Art, Design & Architecture invite you to join them for the 2011 Graduate Shows

Preview Fri 17June 7 – 9pm Queensgate Campus Huddersfield.

public viewing

Sat18 June – Sunday 19 June  /11am – 3pm

Monday 20June  – Thursday 23June /10am – 8pm

Friday 24 June /10am – 4pm

April 14, 2011

RADAR volume 2

Welcome to RADAR, the Review of Art, Design and Architecture Research, University of Huddersfield

“This RADAR is part of a series, which is published annually by the school. RADAR is intentionally compiled to highlight the growing range of researchers and their broad research work and experiences from early career to established researchers. Its intention is to communicate and signal our research both internally and more importantly externally. We hope that RADAR acts as an open invitation for further collaborations in the education and creative industry sectors.”

March 21, 2011

Trend Preview: Autumn Winter 2011 2012 @ Scarlet Opus Trends Blog

From Victoria  – Scarlet Opus – a fabulous write up that highlights work by two of our students here in the School of Art, Design and Architecture (ADA) University of Huddersfield.

The unstoppable creative force that is Anthony Hughes – a ’BA (Hons) Surface Design for Fashion & Interiors’ undergraduate and Textile Design for Fashion & Interiors BA (Hons)’ 2nd year Elizabeth Clarke.

“Several years ago I was invited by The University of Huddersfield (where I gained my degree in the 90′s) to help deliver Trend Forecasting modules to Design students.  I’ve always enjoyed working with the different students, passing on my forecasting skills and helping them to approach their design work from a newly informed angle.  I can honestly say I get as much out of the working relationship as the students do; they inspire me, give me a forever changing alternative perspective and give me hope…because I know some of the students I’ve worked with will eventually be responsible for amazing Design solutions in the future which will benefit us all.

Today I’d like to introduce you to 2 ‘stand-out’ students I worked with during 2010/11 who, as well as being wonderful people to train, have also produced thought-provoking, professional and accurate design trend forecasts for Autumn/Winter 2011/12:”


to read the full report click here  Trend Preview: Autumn Winter 2011 2012 @ Scarlet Opus Trends Blog.

October 25, 2010

SmartFiber project will add intelligence to composites :: WTiN – Executive Intelligence from World Textile Information Network

SmartFiber project will add intelligence to composites
for ADA students Huddersfield , don’t forget you can get the full report and more via our electronic resource subscription to WTin via the library see ile_Information_Network_(WTIN)

By integrating micro-technologies, the SmartFiber project plans to demonstrate a smart system so small – on the milimetre scale – that it can be embedded into a fibre-reinforced polymer.”



October 23, 2010

Photography books!

New in the Library, Art, Design and Architecture floor 3, University of Huddersfield.

Photography books!. “We have  received a number of books that may be of particular interest to photography students.  Regarding the pain of others by S. Sontag, The Contest of meaning : critical histories of photography by R. Bolton, Landscape and power by W.J.T Mitchell and Colonialist Photography: imag(in)ing race and place by  E.M. Hight and G.D. Sampson are amongst the titles that have recently arrived.

September 14, 2010

Reuben Houfe wins Yellow Pencil award

IT was the very first time that final-year students on the University of Huddersfield’s Multimedia Design course were urged to enter their work in some of the creative industry’s most prestigious awards schemes.  And they scooped a string of prizes.

Every year the organisation named Design and Art Direction – known as D&AD – runs competitions and exhibitions that showcase the work of professionals and talented newcomers in the field.  Multimedia Design tutors at Huddersfield decided it was time that their students, using their final-year projects, showed what they could do.  And they rose to the challenge.

At a ceremony held in London’s Spitalfields, Reuben Houfe came away with one of the most coveted awards in the design industry – the Yellow Pencil – for his animation “Design Out Crime”.

Meanwhile, Chris Boardman was named a winner in the D&AD’s Best New Blood Competition for an i-Phone application, a game named “Cloud Hopper”.

Another University of Huddersfield entrant in the New Blood contest was Pawel Godlewski, with an example of computer graphics titled “Peter and the Wolf”.  The editor of “Digital Arts” selected this for inclusion in the July issue of the magazine, part of a feature headed “Best of New Blood”.

The success rate for final-year Multimedia Design students justified the decision to urge them to set their sights on prestigious national competitions.  Principal lecturer Derek Hales said that in the past there had been plenty of success for students in regional contests and he was delighted that this had been followed up by awards and recognition at a national level.

The opportunity to meet and impress industry leaders at the D&AD events has helped Multimedia Design students make contacts and find employment in this competitive field.  For example, Best New Blood winner Chris Boardman has landed a job in a New York advertising agency.

The Multimedia Design course, which has been running for 12 years in the University of Huddersfield’s School of Art, Design and Architecture, covers a wide range of digital design topics.  And, as the D&AD successes show, students are equipped to use the latest technology.

Reuben Houfe’s Yellow Pencil winning work can be sampled at this web-link.

via pencil.

June 18, 2010

Product Design lecturer praised for commitment to NHS patients

University of Huddersfield lecturer David Swann is celebrating becoming one of only six finalists in a competition that attracted over 11,000 entrants from across the world.

David, a subject leader for 3D and Interior Design at the University, is in the final stages of his PhD project NHS at Home: Designing a 21st Century clinician’s bag, which is designed to improve the delivery and experience of care that patients receive in their own homes.

He was selected as one of only six finalists in the International Design Excellence Awards 2010, organised by the Industrial Designers Society of America, in the design research category on the strength of his research and the positive effect it will have on NHS patients and clinicians.

He was also selected as one of three finalists in the Yorkshire and Humber NHS Innovation Awards and Showcase 2010, which saw around 150 entrants from the region compete for the top spots.

The profile of community healthcare and welfare of patients in the region and the country is of utmost importance to David: “It’s all about equipping 21st century clinicians with 21st century kit to deliver a world-class patient experience in an inconsistent healthcare setting,” he says.

David Swann’s 21st Century clinician’s bag, designed to improve the delivery and experience of care that patients receive in their homes.

His research aims to investigate and to re-think urgent care in the community, and it has already earned national headlines for its vision of the ambulance of the future.  David’s major contribution revolves around the equipment that clinicians take with them in their vehicles in order to carry out planned treatments in the home.

David also found that community matrons had not been provided with dedicated methods of transporting the medication and equipment they needed in order to deliver a hospital treatment room experience in the home.  Instead, the clinicians were improvising by using camera cases and other items of adapted luggage.  Sometimes there were problems fitting the bags into cars and the absence of dedicated equipment created problems, such as difficulty in creating a vital sterile field for home treatment.

David is developing a special home treatment bag to enable clinicians to deliver world-class service and treatments consistently in a constantly changing environment – small enough to fit into the boot of a car and able to be transformed into a compact work-space.  His bag has already been tested by top fashion house Louis Vuitton, recognised worldwide as producing some of the most desirable bags due to their design excellence.

David, who has lectured at the University’s School of Art, Design and Architecture since 1992, was also a member of a nationwide, multi-institutional team of academic experts taking part in the Smart Pods Project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.”