Brighton is well regarded as a centre for ecological design and sustainable thinking within industry and five students from the BSc Product Design recently presented a stand at one of the UK’s largest environmental and ecologically based industry shows, the EcoTechnology Show, at the Brighton Centre on Friday (14 June) and Saturday (15 June).
The product designers on University of Sussex stand displayed their final-year major projects with prototype products, extensive portfolios and associated supportive media.
Five students represented the course, with a variety of projects covering a range of issues:
- Tala Jarallah – a new product aimed at providing a ‘personal space’ in busy environments, such as on public transport.
- Scott Mighall – a toy called Cachoo, which encourages imaginative play and defies the notion of a limited lifespan for childhood toys with emotional attachment.
- James Morgan – a recycling bin for small living spaces such as flats, which aims to ease the process of getting recyclable material from the home to the recycling point.
- Yamar Dione – a protective slip-on garment for individuals suffering and living with the day to day vulnerability of renal failure.
- Benjamin Beagley – ‘It’s Bedtime Bear’ – a product to improve and monitor sleep with both tactile conditioning, storytelling and technological applications for children with autistic needs.
Product Design tutor Mark Jenkins, who attended the show with the students was pleased with the success of the stand – “The show’s two days were very busy and there was a lot of interest in the students’ innovative and imaginative design concepts. Several new leads were established and the show prepared us well for the forthcoming New Designers show that we are also exhibiting at in early July.”
The students will graduate at the summer ceremonies this July.
Full details of all the final-year products can be found on the Design 2013 web site.