As well as running the cpd studio, I also do a bit of tutoring, lecturing and critiquing up at the University of Sussex within the School of Engineering and Informatics, where I am very proud to be a school associate. Mostly, I teach on the BSc Product Design course, which had a very early, but fantastic final year show last week.
The standard, and the range of projects was wonderful, from a new concept in sandwich packaging that can help to create a city wide edible planted landscape to a modular toaster that can be taken completely to pieces for repair.
Another project looked at how a marine fish tank could be redesigned to be both easier to look after and more energy efficient, whilst other student designers showed products with integrated solar charging to power lighting or interfaces.
One student has invented a new type of recycling bin designed to reduce the noise generated from glass bottles – especially important in inner city areas where the communal bins are located close to homes.
But the winner of our own ‘cpd eco design award 2014′ (a bunch of Urban Cottage Industries bits and bobs) went to a project that I just adored. Maxim Grew has created a new camera, based on the original large format models with accordion style bellows of the past. The new model, the Intrepid Camera is not only gorgeous to look at and relatively easy to use, Max is planning on the design becoming the foundation of a new DIY movement where you actually download the CAD files and get the pieces to build your own camera cut out. So, the survival of a key piece of historic photographic kit, with little waste and the satisfaction of a hand built product that creates beautiful pictures? wonderful…
It was excellent to see the standard of design thinking that the students at the University of Sussex presented – and I look forward to seeing it all again at New Designers soon…
(photos by claire potter)
*** you can also keep up to date with all the University of Sussex School of Engineering and Informatics activities at the school blog – www.createdbyusblog.com