Industrial Design Degree Show
1st - 6th June 2013
Greg Chick: Sustaining Product Relationships
David Riley: Rubbish Design
Dann Forrester: Variation Footwear
Juste Pavasaryte: Biology to Design
Harry Denley: Trace Clock
Alex Hale: Hydro City
Jonathan Evans: Unity: Design for Alzheimer’s
Tom Jacobs: Hexagonal Seating System
Aaron Clarkson: Furniture for the Smaller Home
June 13th, 2013
Several ID students received positive press in the run up to the Degree Show for their eco-themed Final Major Projects (Coventry Telegraph 29 05 13) . Sustainability has been a core issue in our design curriculum for a long time and is increasingly becoming a USP for the concepts produced by our graduating students.
June 13th, 2013
Interior Design: Netherlands
12 - 19 April 2013
April saw the first Interior Design expedition to the Netherlands — 21 students joined Course Director Bob Verheijden and Lecturer Tom Nelson for a week of design and culture.
The students pose outside Pols Potten
Beginning in Amsterdam, the students were exposed to a plethora of significant buildings and design retailers (EYE, Droog, The Frozen Fountain, The Lloyd Hotel, Moooi, De 9 Straatjes, Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam and Pols Potten to name but a few), before trips to the Stedelijk Museum and being amongst the first visitors to the newly refurbished Rijksmuseum.
‘Pressure Cooker’ workshop at HAN University
The second half of the adventure took place an hour’s train journey from Amsterdam, in Arnhem, with the Interior Design students undertaking a two day ‘pressure cooker’ workshop with students from HAN University’s Design Embedded Media Objects ICA-course. The workshop focused on augmenting and enriching the retail experience through design and technology.
Finishing the week with an outing to the Kröller-Müller Museum, the students enjoyed yet more world-renowned art and design, before taking to dutch bikes for a cycle ride around the museum’s grounds - a fitting finale to an exhausting, but unforgettable European experience.
May 8th, 2013
Product Design: Tongxiang 2013
ZUMC: Tongxiang Campus
The students ‘immersing themselves’ in Chinese culture
Product Design currently have ten students completing a three month professional placement in China. Running for the second year in collaboration with partners Zhejiang University of Media and Communications (ZUMC), the students are working on a number of live projects - designing products for local industry. Residing on-campus in Tongxiang and working between studios there and the Centre for Design, Innovation and Management (DIAM) in Puyuen, the students are wholly immersed in design and culture. With trips to Shanghai and Hangzhou (and Beijing upcoming) augmenting their professional practice, they’re assured an unforgettable educational experience.
May 3rd, 2013
Industry Private View: 30th May 2013 (By invitation only)
Public Show: 10:00 - 17:00, 1st - 6th June 2013
This exhibition showcases the work of our graduating students in Automotive, Transport and Product Design. The event is attended by many past graduates now working in industry, who enjoy returning to the School, reuniting with colleagues and most importantly, meeting the next generation of designers. This is where contacts are made, and where many of our graduates find the opportunities that start their careers.
The exhibition is the climax of the students’ degrees and is full of physical, digital and graphic work showing their thinking and the celebrated design outcomes that are the crescendo of their three or four years at University. Particularly renowned are the famous quarter-scale, full presentation automotive and transport models.
If you are considering a career in Industrial Design, are interested in employing a graduate designer, or simply wish to come and experience the energy, creativity, and future thinking in the show, then come and enjoy this celebration of our students’ achievements.
April 8th, 2013
Designs of the Year 2013
The Design Museum
Designs of the Year 2013 (Photographer Luke Hayes via It’s Nice That)
Students from ID’s Product and Interior Design courses were amongst the first visitors to The Design Museum’s annual Designs Of The Year exhibition.
The diversity and overall content of the exhibition felt very well balanced, making it accessible, but with enough esoteric detail to create lots of further interest. The top-floor gallery show was also a great way of extending access to the permanent collection and provided a wider context/foil for the newer work shown in Designs Of The Year.
The trip down to London (also taking in several other cultural destinations along the South Bank) was scheduled to coincide with a number of concurrently running design projects being undertaken by the students, and served as an opportunity to seek inspiration, continue research and to pause for thought about design and its role in our lives today (and tomorrow).
TN + TB
April 8th, 2013
Further congratulations are in order for final year ID student Song Wei Teo. He is the Global Winner of this year’s BASF Seat Design Competition with his innovative Leaf Chair concept:
This award follows his earlier success in the 2013 Michelin Challenge. A bright future looks assured…
See more of Song Wei’s outstanding design work here >
April 8th, 2013
The Lykan Hypersport from the Dubai-based W Motors is the latest design creation of ID graduate Ralph Debbas. The vehicle boasts 750bhp and will reach 100kph in 2.8 seconds, but at $3.4 Million is currently the World’s most expensive automobile — more than a graduate loan needed…
See the video here >
February 4th, 2013
Pop-Up Exhibition . January 2013 . Maurice Foss Building
The spring term at Coventry began with a pop-up exhibition of postcards and business cards designed by Level 3 Industrial Design students.
The cards were submitted as part of a Professional Development coursework assignment, which involved the students digitising their portfolios and preparing a mock job application - one of many activities designed to prepare them for industry. The informal exhibition allows for informal peer review and self-evaluation.
January 23rd, 2013
ID graduate Alex Ibbet (now studying for an MA in Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art) wins RCA x Citroën competition:
Alex’s Equippe concept involves a team of networked Segway e-scooters for getting and stacking items in a warehouse and for short-distance local deliveries; they follow a larger EV (with in-wheel hub motors) in a platoon much as ducklings follow their mother in a line, but can peel off from the convoy or join another. The ‘mother’ vehicle has a multi-functional cabin and could feature hemp panels and solar cells; the upright ‘duckling’ units lower into themselves to ‘nest’ when not in use.
“This was a very professionally-done project”, said Cowell (Citroën’s Senior Design Manager). “He took the brief, he looked at the whole system, looked one step outside and pushed the boundaries a little bit. He’s a guy to keep an eye on”.
Jed Sheahan (also an ID graduate/current RCA student) received a special mention for his concept.
Song Wei Teo, currently in his final year studying Automotive Design wins 2013 Michelin Challenge Design:
L-R: Michelin CEO Jean-Dominique Senard, Jorge Biosca, Liu Shun, Song Wei Teo and Michelin North America President and Chairman Pete Selleck
Song Wei’s PolyPlus design was “influenced by the use of vacuum-formed plastic packaging that protects its contents. Vacuum-formed plastics are inexpensive, light, tough and can be molded into different shapes easily.”
This year’s Michelin Challenge Design theme ‘HALF! Lightweight with Passion’ asked participants to explore how design contributes to and impacts the ongoing effort to develop more lightweight vehicles that achieve greater fuel efficiency. The theme resulted in more than 900 registrants representing 72 countries.
January 23rd, 2013