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New Designers 2011 - Top Five - No.3: Jon Freeman, Nottingham Trent

Published 15 July 2011

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#3 Jon Freeman, Nottingham Trent

Saving the environment, saving space on supermarket shelves, saving the consumer’s pennies… What’s not to like about Jon Freeman’s Dilute shower gel?

Water is the key element in what Jon was displaying at New Designers. His simple idea for a diluting shower gel (the main ingredient in our body washes is typically H2O) reduces packaging size and weight meaning less cost for all involved, including the environment.

A small capsule is screwed into the base of the shower gel bottle and water added through the top once you’re home and ready to use it.

Not only has the idea been well thought out, it’s actually a rather nice bit of packaging design (see the sketches below), but he doesn’t stop there with his moisturising designs.

Design ideas for the Dilute packaging

With water a fresh, free fuel for assisting the health and learning concentration of children, Jon has designed a updated school water fountain/filling station. By making it appealing to the pupils it encourages them to refill their own water bottles on a regular basis, while remaining easy to maintain and clean.

Refreshingly he built models for manufacture, a even built a working prototype involving parts manufacture from China.

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New Designers 2011 - Top Five - No.4: Sheldon King, Northumbria [Transport]

Published 15 July 2011

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#4 Sheldon King, Northumbria

By designing a multifunctional vehicle for local councils, Sheldon King’s 3CT can be used throughout the year

With local councils downsizing their carbon footprint and expenditure Sheldon’s impressively designed 3CT vehicle looks to become a multi-season street-sweeper, grass cutter and snow plough through the use of different attachments.

Having jumped aboard a street-sweeper in the city of Newcastle Sheldon observed its operator at close quarters and could therefore make adjustments to the cabin for more ergonomic and practical use. The large chunk of steering wheel missing from the driver’s directional controls comes as a result of operators straining to peer over it to see the far corners of what they’re meant to be cleaning/cutting.

As an electric vehicle it ticks all the boxes for carbon emissions, but also removes the cost of servicing a vast fleet of different vehicles and there storage for when they’re not needed (snow, as most Brits will agree, is a sporadic hazard - hard to throw millions of pounds of investment at a problem for only a couple of days a year).

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New Designers 2011 - Top Five - No.5: Chloe Rowley, De Montfort

Published 15 July 2011

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#5 Chloe Rowley, De Montfort

Chloe Rowley’s specially designed swimming float for amputees helps to build reassurance in the recovery process

With amputees gaining greater focus in the public eye, from the many injured military personnel returning home or even the sportsmen and women of the forthcoming Paralympic Games, Chloe’s project aims to bring greater confidence and dignity to an activity that can greatly increase their rehabilitation and fitness.

According to research the main problems for amputees whilst swimming are: lack of buoyancy, staying horizontal and a lack of independence in the water. As well as these, there are a number of less obvious problems such as the lack of independence.

The product is aimed at less confident amputees who struggle or are not comfortable whilst swimming. The float can also be used by more confident amputee’s as a way of setting personal targets, gradually using less and less buoyancy. The float can be used in a maximum of 6 ways. Each “arm” is removable, and within each arm there are also removable inserts. By removing every insert, the user has removed 30% of the floats overall buoyancy which makes a huge difference whilst swimming. In addition to this, every arm piece that is removed, removes an extra 25% of the buoyancy. For more confident swimmers, it means they can use the float with very little buoyancy and as a result work harder.

Although this product is designed with the amputee in mind, it can also be used by all children and adults.

Less confident amputees can begin with full buoyancy and support. After time they can choose to decrease this to begin setting and meeting personal goals which will aid in confidence and a sense of achievement.

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New Designers 2011 - Our best finds - part two

Published 14 July 2011

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Article tagged with: design, medical, student, new designers, furniture, beach, archery, rifle

After a brief pause for some caffeine intake, we continue with the rest of our gems from the four-day New Designers show… Time to set things off with a bang.

Humerah Ghori, UCLAN

Humerah Ghori’s vision of a new rifle for 2012 Olympic clay pigeon shooting

The renders look great and the model on the stand was rather exciting to spot, but it’s the overall confidence of a graduate to go all out and design a firearm for her graduate project that wins my vote. One of several projects inspired by the forthcoming 2012 London Olympic Games, Humerah’s shotgun identifies issues with the sport’s current equipment and attempts to address them. By solving issues in relation to recoil, balance, weight distribution and adjustability - all factors that can seriously affect performance - the product is designed from the ground up for the modern sport and steers away from traditional design.
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New Designers 2011 - Our best finds - part one

Published 14 July 2011

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Article tagged with: design, medical, student, new designers, furniture, motorcycle, farm

Easily the most eyecatching was this Triumph Twin Speed redux by Thomas Kasher and Roy Norton of Northumbria University

Graduate shows are full of lots of exciting discoveries, so assemble some of the most promising students in the country under one roof and we were presented with four days-worth of final year projects to explore.

Below is the list of some of the best efforts we found at the show - we’ve limited ourselves to what was on show on the day (usually the final year project), and in most cases the work of an individual (sorry Brunel University - your stuff was extremely cool, but it was all group work which made it hard to distinguish between what was what).

Tomorrow we’ll post our five favourites from this year’s show - which as I’m putting it together is starkly different to those that won awards during the actual show… Make of that what you will…

Take a look through this and the following blog, and feel free to leave comments which we’ll try to pass on to the respective designers.

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3D Mouse of the future design competition

Published 11 July 2011

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Article tagged with: competition, space mouse, 3dconnexions

Those of you sat working in 3D will probably feel blessed to be using one of 3Dconnexions 3D mice, yet there’s always room for improvement - and a $5,000 CAD workstation prize.

The ‘3D Mouse of the Future’ competition is open to anyone throughout the months of July, August and September, whereby designers across the globe can submit their designs for a chance to win monthly prizes of 3Dconnexion SpacePilot PRO, SpaceExplorer and SpaceNavigator 3D mice, as well as the grand prize of a custom $5k CAD workstation.

“We initiated this challenge to give people the opportunity to show us their best creative thinking, whether they are using our devices day in and day out or not at all,” said Antonio Pascucci, vice president of products, praying that most people actually are using its devices. “We’re really excited to see what creative and innovative things the community can bring to the 3D mouse.”

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New Designers: talent abounds

Published 11 July 2011

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Article tagged with: design, industrial design, university, graduate, uclan

Nothing like a well designed shotgun to get your attention… the work of UCLAN graduate Humerah Ghori

After four days at a design show we’re feeling a little exhausted, I dread to imagine how weary the poor graduates are feeling, although I expect they all had a well deserved massive hangover on Sunday morning.

We were extremely glad to be at the Business Design Centre, Islington, not only to see what the class of 2011 has produced, but also to spread the word of DEVELOP3D to the masses of people filtering through the doors [most of whom seemed to think we were some kind of information desk].

For the rest of this week we will be posting our best finds from this year’s show, plus a top five of what caught our eye on Friday, so stay tuned for our picks throughout the week.

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