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Congratulations to our students for their high quality work achieving many major awards in 2017:
4 RSA shortlists with 2 first prizes, plus more with Vitra, Felder, Corian and RADO.

Collaborative board game wins prestigious Royal Society of Arts student award

Cooperation and collaboration is essential to win this game of unity.
Umbrella is an inclusive and interactive game of living designed by Jemima Oliver, Spatial & Interior Designer.
It is a story of empowerment, involving compassion, growth, trust and knowledge, designed to establish a holistic mind set, and nurture a resilient community with intrinsic values. May 17.

Full size Kit Bike at Degree Show

Freedom is an aspect of motorcycling that all riders understand. But what if this is experienced before even riding the bike?
Cafe Creations is a new type of online motorcycle brand. A unique two-dimensional frame at the core connects all components of the motorcycle with a bolt-on system.
Your bike is always ready to be customised. Build at your own pace, requiring only basic tools. Choose from a vast array of engines, accessories and parts to make your perfect bike. May 17.

Anatomica wins Corian design competition
Corian specialists Cutting Edge have selected a reception desk designed by a team of 3D Design students as overall winners to their competition.
In conjunction with OnOffice magazine, CDUK and Simply Rhino, Cutting Edge invited architecture and design students to design a desk with the chance to see their work created by the company.
Designed by Callum Gwinnell, Dan Easton and Taytum Cotton, Anatomica was chosen for its appealing form.
Compliments from one of the judges: "I love the use of the overlapping surfaces and it seems to be a very polished and thought-out design."
We look forwards to seeing it on show at the London Design Festival. May 17.

Frames Armchair wins Felder Furniture Prize
Inspired by a project with Vitra, Joshua's Frames range is formed from four identical rectangles. The inner two are tilted - both playful and practical.
Made from FSC ash, the jointing details are inspired by Japanese joinery, and adds visual interest as well as strength.
The vibrant orange colour was chosen to echo the Vitra range. May 17.

Young Furniture Makers Exhibition at the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.
Te Wei Hong's Shelves took centre stage at an exhibition for UK's finest young makers at the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers
More than 40 designs packed out Furniture Makers' Hall at The Furniture Makers' Company's annual Young Furniture Makers Exhibition.
Te Wei's Shelves features a functional, yet decorative structure to give outstanding sturdy support. July 16.

Andrei Carausu wins our Studentship Award
For his outstanding studentship, Andrei Carausu won this award for his work as student representatine and lead ambassador.
He also received a 1st Class degree in Spatial & Interiors with his Tesla-inspired Shopping Centre of the future.
'What if instead of running out of oil we would just stop buying it?
By 2020, alternatives to gasoline automobiles such as long-range fully electric cars will be with us. But is infrastructure ready for a new shopping behaviour?' July 16.

Alex Gay wins the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers' book award
For his outstanding book presentation of his furniture designs, Alex Gay won this award for his journey exploring felt and using it in everyday furniture.
He also received a 1st Class degree in Designer Maker. July 16.

Rachel Hardwick wins recognition from the RSA Students Design Awards
Spatial & Interiors Designer Rachel is a finalist in the prestigious RSA Student Design Awards for her Creatine Carriage.
"I travel for 1 hour a day by train but don't consider it useful time. 100% of people interviewed valued networking, yet only 17% attend networking events."
Rachel's proposal is a Creative Carriage where interactive tables help business travellers do networking. Jun 16.

Samantha Walpole wins Devon Guild's Best Graduate Award

The Devon Guild's Visual Arts Prize is awarded for quality of making, design innovation, use of material and saleability. The winner gets to display
and sell their work in a special graduate showcase in their shop.
"This project is about creating multiple functions for a single object using the fewest replicable parts and simplest methods. I use multiple welding techniques in order to create
geometric structures as it fits in with my skills that I have previously built up. To me a skeleton frame does not only show the structure of an object but also reveals its beauty.
Colour is very important to me throughout my designs. It adds personality to each piece.”
Sam started her new hjob at Bridger & Buss (designer Andrea Stemmer) as soon as she finished her studies, and will also be showing at the New Forest Show. Jun 15.

Jacob Topham receives prestigious RSA Student Design Awards commendation
People know the choices they should be making, yet as a population our diets are worse than ever, and the obesity epidemic is at its most dangerous levels yet.
"For the RSA student design awards, I designed a formula and rating system for fruits. The concept highlighted the health benefits in comparison to the price,
making the right choices more obvious and providing added value for the customers.
RightChoice revealed the inexpense in single sale fruits, and the scheme provides a win win scenario for all stake holders involved in the the fruit food chain." Feb 15.

Julia Ekuse shortlisted for the Domus KAZA Concrete Tiles Competition

The brief was simple - design a range of decorative concrete tiles which are practical and yet aesthetically pleasing and really think about the material
- what can you do with concrete that you cannot do with other materials?
"It is important for me to create and surround a human with objects that have a story, memories, a reminder and experience." Feb 15.

Joe Kennedy wins Young Furniture Makers Award
Organised by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, Young Furniture Makers have selected Joe Kennedy to receive the Best of the Best Award for his Low Tables.
Inspired by his cabinet maker grandad, who from the age of five he spent hours watching and helping, Joe completed his first piece of furniture at 14.
"All of the other awards had been given out, and the winners had all had their photos taken.
And then they came to this last award and my name was being read out, it was quite a shock!" Nov 14.

BRACE by Doug Pulman wins 100% Design Award at New Designers
Judges' comments: 'The focus for this range is in the use of design engineering, contrasting materials led this product to be visually appealing and commercially compelling.'
Judges include onoffice's Jenny Brewer, icon's Christopher Turner, 100% Design's William Knight and Saul Leese, and Leah Harrison Bailey, head of design at Thomas Matthews.
Doug wins a stand space to exhibit at 100% Design 2014 (17-20 September 2014). More on ArthsThread.
'I start with the development of the bracket before developing the furniture piece naturally from there.' (photo courtesy New Designers) Jul 14.

More RSA Student Design Awards
3D students once again are featured in the prestigious RSA Student Awards.
Fraser Aberdeen took the brief 'Office the Future' into space, with a design that replaces the social interaction on earth on a lunar walkway.
While James Forrest's Circular Economy Toaster and Kettle interpreted the 'Sustainable Packaging' brief with Cradle-to-Cradle kitchen appliances. Jun 14.

Furniture Futures Seminar
A rare opportunity to hear from furniture designer makers from three different business backgrounds, the speakers will be John Makepeace OBE, Richard Miller and James Morley.
Organised by Pauline Purves of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, this event is specially aimed at encouraging future graduates into the furniture industry.
After the talk, there will be drinks and opportunities for networking. Tickets are limited. Oct 13.

Dutch Design Week
here we come!
Oct 19-27, Enidoven. Convinced that daring experimentation and a do-it-yourself mentality can lead to answers and solutions, Dutch Design Week
gives its audience an opportunity to become acquainted with the design and the designers of tomorrow.
3D Design will be working with Crumbrubber, who recycles truck tyres, notoriously difficult to dispose of, into new raw materials. Join us working in the main hall.
One item designed and made on the stand is Lotte's Stool, made our of 99% found waste, without any electricity or heat. Oct 2013

Lighting Association Finalists

On show at 100% Design is Jo Weaden's 'Haylard' is a minimal desk light designed to be sold in a Poster Tube.
Made in solid oak with a ceramics LED shade, its tilt is achieved by sliding a simple brass disc into a slot, and the angle is locked in place by its cable suing a yacht inspired grip. Oct 13.

Launching Designer Makers UK

Sep 18-21, 100% Design, Earls Court, London
London Design Festival sees the launch of, a showcase of designs by Plymouth graduates in business spearheaded by Roy Tam.
On show were steam bent chairs by Henry Williams, ceramics by Laura Lane, Joanna Weaden and Jen Stafford, seating by Ian Reveley, and a 'Fairytale' cabinet by Mari Liis Riives.
To be accepted into this prestigious international design event, exhibitors have to pass the organisers' vigorous selection process - a tribute to their talent. Sep 2013

Mark Buckley Crowned Runner Up of B&Q's Young Designer of the Year Competition
Mark's winning 'Circular Economy' Garden Shredder is designed with components that can be repeatedly recycled in a close looped system.
B&Q, in a partnership with Elle Decoration, is championing the B&Q British Design Talent Search 2013, to introduce fresh products that are sustainable, stylish and affordable.
Mark walked away with a £1000 cash prize and the chance to see his product go into production at B&Q.
"I am really thrilled to have my product chosen and recognised as an innovative design for B&Q. By leasing, not selling, customers can have access to
tools to make them more equipped for home improvement and B&Q can have better customer relationships and long term business resilience." Jul 2013

New 3D Printers installed
New addition to our digital making facilities is a new Ceramics Printer, adding to the two student-run 3D Printers already in use in our students' studios.
Helping us kick start the installation is digital ceramicist Jonathan Keep whose work includes 'Morphologies' (photo) and 'Sound Shapes' - vessels modified by sound.
Earlier, Jonathan gave a talk to Plymouth students on digital ceramics as part of the Crafts Council's Hothouse programme for emerging makers.
This adds to the already existing professional 3D Printers, CNC machines and laser cutters in the university's workshops. Jul 2013

International News

A symbol of strength

A baton designed by a Plymouth University student will be used in a relay across North America to raise money for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings (BBC News).
The design concept is based on a Lily flower to be a symbol of strength, hope and solidarity for their runners and Boston.
"We think the design by the amazing Jon Parlby - graduating from Plymouth University UK in Product Design - is stunning and couldn't be happier with the extraordinary work he has done.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Jon for his dedication and time, all of which he has given pro bono."
"Once again a huge thank you to Jon, we can't wait to get this baton into the hands of our amazing runners!!"
Jonathan is being flown to Boston to experience for himself the final stages of the marathon and to see his symbolic baton arrive safely in Boston. Jun 2013

Becky's success with Sir Richard
Student Becky Sadegnian's publicity idea paid off as Sir Richard and Virgin Atlantic staff wear Gandy's Flip Flops for a day.
Becky was on work experience at Gandy's, and designed the original event that the Virgin Team attended.
"We Met their PR team and joked with them about Sir Richard wearing our red flip flops, and if he did we would change its name to Necker Red, the name of his island."
The Gandy brothers were obviously very pleased, because they offered Becky a permanent job in their design office as soon as she graduates. Jun 2013

Laura Lane wins One Year On prize
Designer Maker Laura Lane has been awarded the (NEW) Contemporary Crafts Festival One Year On Prize.
The new prize consists of a free stand and all associated publicity in 2014's Festival to exhibit alongside over 200 established British and Irish makers.
Sarah James director of the festival, visited our degree shows on Wednesday to confirm the prize, select a winner and to offer Laura additional preparation advice.
Many thanks to Sarah for this very generous prize and congratulations to Laura. Jun 2013

Samantha Walpole wins Vitra competition
1st year Product Designer Samantha Walpole won the Vitra Design Competition on their industry talk at Plymouth University.
Her Plywood Hangers were selected among submissions by 1st and 2nd year 3D Design students because it best represented the brief 'Vitra Living'.
The event invited along practitioners from industries in the south west to share Vitra's relentless pursuit of good design, and was open to all Plymouth students. Apr 2013

Design workshop with Sebastian Conran
Renowned Product Designer Sebastian Conran was a hit with 3D Design.
Highlight of the day was his specially prepared talk, sharing his personal views of design, illustrated by a wide range of products, and delivered in a most entertaining fashion.
Good design to him is innovative, useful, aesthetic, intuitive, concerned with the environment and is as little design as possible. Feb 2013

Major Design Consultancies open doors to Plymouth students
The cohort of 3rd year Product Designers were treated to a 3 day visit to five of London's top design consultancies in this annual field trip.
Lead by Prof Roberto Fraquelli(IDEO) and Product Design tutor Mike Woods(Tangerine), students visited Pentagram, Method, Tangerine, IDEO and many design outlets. Dec 2012

Extra Curricular Activities:

Explore Your Future Careers

Wed 13 Feb
Design Lab
A whole day of Visiting Speakers including designers and makers from Dyson, Aardman and Heatherwick Studio. Students only.

3D Design Interim Show 2013
Preview Mon 18 Feb 18:00
Wed 20 Feb
All welcome.

mini-FLUX Business Challenge
Wed 27 Feb 09:00-17:00
Experts from major local businesses will be your mentors and judges. Students only.

1st yr Cultural visit to Berlin
Mid Mar.
Students only.

3D Students in Sports:

Follow 3D Design in Formula Ford

Not only is Ashley Crossley heading towards a promising career in design, he is also Britain's No.3 in the 2012 UK's KTM Karting Championship.
Now in his 2nd year studying Product Design, he has progressed to Formula Ford for 2013.
With his entrepreneurial hat on, Ashley is seeking any form of sponsorship including advertising and driver tuition. Contact him and be a motorsport sponsor.
Many of 3D Design's students have played major roles in sports including Hockey, Fencing, Snowboarding, Squash, Basketball and Sailing.

Team-building sports and games are important aspects of today's creative industries, and 3D Design have our own table tennis table in the design studio.

In collaboration with Plymouth City Council & Stonehouse Action Group, Metamorphosis is an exhibition by 2nd and 3rd year Spatial & Interior Designers aiming to revive Plymouth through use of space.
From a new attraction on the Hoe, an all-new play experience for the city centre, through to a revival of one of the City’s most iconic buildings – the Palace Theatre, this is design for Plymouth, by Plymouth.
This is Metamorphosis.

Private View:
Thu 10 Jan 2013
Open to public:
11-13 Jan + 17-20 Jan
11am - 6pm KARST Gallery

Hand Made in Plymouth
2nd year Designers Maker students will be setting up their first exhibition of work in progress, supported by their 3rd year counterparts also exhibiting their last project.
Wed 12 Dec 09:00-20:00
Thu 13 Dec 09:00-16:00
Preview: Tue 11 Dec 2012 18:00-20:00
Crosspoint, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth PL4 8AA

Kenneth Grange Plymouth Lecture
Internationally renowned Royal Designer for Industry Kenneth Grange spoke to a packed theatre of Plymouth design students.
They were treated to some behind-the-scenes stories about his designs, including running Pentagram, his vision of a 'one-stop-shop' design consultancy.
He engaged in lively discussions with students, chaired by Prof Roberto Fraquelli.
Students were delighted to welcome Mr & Mrs Grange to their degree show private view. (May 2012)

Devon Guild of Craftsmanship Award
Ian Reveley's diverse range of designs, from furniture to tableware and lighting, was selected by Devon Guild's Judge Philippa de Burlet.
The Prize is a month-long showcase at the Guild's Bovey Tracey gallery. (Jun 2012)

Dan Humphreys has been awarded a prestigious RSA Student Design Award
Dan identified that many small towns are disadvantaged because they are too small to have a train station, and stopping would lengthen the train's journey.
He also wanted to reassure travellers that they are on the right train even before it arrives at the platform, and to eliminate the need to change trains.
His proposed solution is the Modular Train, with cabins that are 'waiting rooms' but they gather speed and join the train as it goes past.
Passengers that need to change trains simply stay in the same cabin which transfers itself onto the appropriate train.
He is awarded runner up in the Royal Society of Art's annual student design awards. (May 2012)

Plymouth Students' designs Thames Eco Landmark
Students from Plymouth University, a uni with a strong marine heritage, worked with tensile specialists Timber Intent to design the roof of The November Project.
Powered by two beautiful paddle wheels, this refurbished will be producing a huge amount of energy from the Thames, turning it into a tidally powered world class venue opposite the Houses of Parliament.
Guided by MA Design student Peter May, the team was made up of 2nd and 3rd yrs Alex Jess, Matt Parrish, Alex Pyers, Ian Revelley, Nicole Shadbolt, Oli Smith, Rebecca Thomas, Tom Tregaskes, Tim Unsworth and Henry Williams. (March 2012)

Dan Humphreys has become the first British student to win the prestigious Abitare La Barca Concept Award design competition
The win comes just weeks after walking away with the top prize at the Superyacht UK design competition at the London Boat Show.
The brief in this latest competition, which took place in Italy, was to design a completely dismountable boat of 3 to 6 metres in length, with entirely eco-friendly propulsion, and using natural or recyclable materials.
"I am absolutely delighted to have won. It was a really good experience to compete against students from across the world, including Italy, Russia and Sweden, and there was a great atmosphere between the contestants."
Toby Allies, chairman of Superyacht UK said: "I am delighted that Dan has won this competition; it is a good sign for the future of the UK design industry when a UK student can win a prestigious competition in Italy.
We hope he will follow a long line of illustrious British designers whose yachts can be seen around the world." (Feb 2012)

Even the most dangerous and lethal diseases can be beautiful
3rd year Designer Maker student Vicky Richardson has been featured in the Top Ten Creatives of the Week with her Biocraft ceramics.
Merging the boundaries between art and science, Biocraft combines the vast amounts of knowledge and research learnt from biosciences and interpreting them into a more accessible artistic platform.
Ceramics itself involves many scientific processes, from kiln firing to glaze materials, and it’s adaptability ensures it is the perfect medium to express Vicky’s vision of Biocraft.
Vicky has a keen interest in nature and microbiology and this translates into her exploration of bacteria, viruses and medicine.
Microbiology thus far, is a relatively unexplored topic within art movements, yet there are constantly evolving resources, through technology development, which Vicky believes should be incorporated into her work.
Not only can Biocraft educate people about microscopic life, but it will also challenge viewers to redefine their perception of beauty. (Apr 2012)

Students mix with professionals and celebrities at the KBB feature at the NEC
Looking for inspirational design work from emerging students, organisers of the Kitchen Bedroom and Bathroom exhibition turned to Plymouth students to feature in their design village.
A mix of alumni and 2nd & 3rd year Product and Designer Maker students gained experience fine tuning the stand, which included hanging a 2.4m Chandelier of Daggers by Ben Sharratt.
In addition to gaining experience and networking, students came away with trade sales, job interviews, licensing deals and future opportunities.
"I thought the products and visuals really brought the area to life and students were a delight to work with, with such great enthusiasm. I know that there was some fantastic response."
Creative Director Andy Bishop (Mar 2012)

Dan Humphreys, has won the Superyacht UK Design Competition 2012
3rd year Product Design student Dan Humphreys will receive his prize at the prestigious Tullet Prebon International Boat Show in London.
In addition, Dan will be travelling to Italy in Feb 2012 to represent the UK to compete in the Abitare La Barca Concept Award at SEATAC.
Organised by the British Marine Federation, this prestigious competition selects the best UK student designs, focusing on their freehand sketching skills.
Having previously designed a Leisure Craft in a project aimed at Princess Yachts, Dan is well placed to develop the small leisure craft market.
Dan's Italian challenge will be to design an eco-friendly boat during the exhibition,judged by a jury composed of leading authorities from the world of culture and design.
(Dec 2011)

Oliver Blanchard, Wins the INDIA Future of Change International Design Contest
Product Design student Oliver Blanchard's Safe Syringe has won 1st prize in India's first INDIA Future of Change Design Contest.
The judging panel was made up of renowned design practitioners and academicians, who chose Oliver's Sachect Syringe design for its safety and cost savings, and awarded him the grand prize of US$35,000.
Before returning to India to meet investors, Oliver is back in the UK developing his Garden Cabinet project with Kevin McCloud. (Dec 2011)

Relative Messaging Device wins RSA Student Design Award
2011 graduate Joseph Coleman has won the prestigious RSA Student Design Award's Modern Age Competition with his 'Relative' message delivery device.
Trying to emulate a letter delivered by a postman, it is a simple printer that brings greetings and messages to the older generation.
Unlike a letter, it is sent via sms messaging or email by the younger generation, therefore plugging into their lifestyle, but arrives at the older recipient's printer just like receiving a colour postcard.
This is the second consecutive year that Plymouth University has won this award, showing their insights into social and ethical design.

Latest: At New Designers, Joe discussed his work with LEGO, and has now joined their product design team. (Sep 2011)

3rd Year Designer Makers Interim Show
Starts: Tue 8 Mar
Ends: Thu 11 Mar
Private View: Mon 7 Mar 6 pm
Venue: Portland Square Atria
Our 3rd year Designer Make students invite you to see their work in metal, wood, ceramics, textiles, plastics and concrete.
Illustrated in the poster is Mike Carroll's Oak Chair innovatively jointed using 24 pewter tankards.
All welcome. (Feb 2011)

2nd Year Interim Show
Starts: Tue 22 Feb 9am
Ends: Fri 25 Feb 5pm
Private View: Mon 21 Feb 5-8 pm
This annual 'Exhibition' project encourages 2nd year students to team up and put on their own exhibition, gathering feedback and learning by doing.
For Designer Maker students the themes this year is 'Fun', while Spatial Design students worked on 'Sleepers', a project to rejuvenate disused railway around Plymouth..
Product Design students worked on 'Design for Transit' a joint project with 3rd year Architecture students on Plymouth Train Station. (Feb 11)

Devon Guild 15 Jan - 27 Feb
Selected by Tavs Jorgensen, Plymouth graduates James Otter, Michael Charlton and a group of the freshest, most exciting emerging makers
have been chosen to take part in the Guild's biennial exhibition aimed at highlighting the best that the South West region has to offer.
This is a chance to see new interventions in print, wood, textiles, glass, ceramics, jewellery and resin. (Jan 11)

3rd Year Interim Show
Starts: Tue 30 Nov 9am
Ends: Fri 3 Dec noon
Private View: Mon 29 Nov 5-8 pm
This annual 'competition' project encourages 3rd year students to engage real-life constraints, working with stakeholders, gathering feedback and learning by doing. The aim is to increase their experience and employability.
This year, students in BA Furniture and Interiors worked on the West Hoe Regeneration competition sponsored by Plymouth City Council. (Nov 10)

bamboo radios

winner of social enterprise award rebecca barber

Design for Life: Award winning bamboo radio for Madagascar
Product Design student Rebecca Barber's solar-powered radios has won the university's Social Enterprise Award in the University's Business Ideas Challenge.
Becky believes the innovative radios could simultaneously help establish a cottage industry in the poverty-stricken island, as well as play a key role in educational projects.
Aid organisatios were very receptive, as radios could enable agencies to communicate with remote villages to provide both important health updates and also act as education channels. (Jun 10)

RSA award winner

RSA Design Award graduate starts work at LEGO
3rd year Product Design student Andrew Coghill has won joint 1st in the 2010 RSA medical competition 'Body and Mind'.
Sponsored by leading firm Aircraft Medical, the competition looked for 'High Quality Care For All', identifying the needs of patients as individuals as a driver for the future.
His designs for innovative ways of taking medicine may enable patients of varyied abilities over 12 years of age to take medicine more easily.
After discovering that 40% of users struggle to swallow medication, Andrew proposes new ways of taking medicine that involves everyday activities
such as sucking and eating to remove the unease caused by today's tablet taking process.
"This award is a great addition to my portfolio. It demonstrates that by using a combination of design methodologies, we can design for the real needs of today."
Andrew's work was spotted by LEGO at New Designers, and he is now part of their design team. (Apr 10)


The Dean opens 3rd Year Interim Show
3rd year 3D Dessign students organised and set up an interim show to welcome visitors and international officials.
This year's work include a Bamboo Radio and Reccession Furniture, as well as ceramics, lighting, healthcare, corporate and spatial design projects. (Feb 10)

Top Ten for Plymouth design tutor in The Intelligent Hand competition
Brian Adams, lecturer in 3D Design, has taken one of the top ten places in 'The Intelligent Hand' competition by Designboom, one of the best international design competition organizers.
Brian's Wood and Ceramic Vase was one of seven products given an Macef, the International Product Show in Milan in September 2010.
The competition acknowledges that craftsmanship can produce superior quality products, with attention to detail that reflect the careful artisan precision.
'Making is thinking'. (Jan 10)

Plymouth student wins a New Design Britain Award
Designer maker student Lorna Wilby has won the prestigious New Design Britain Award at the Interiors 2010 Show held at the Birmingham NEC.
Her 'Strange Behaviour' coat stand is both functional and sculpturally striking, and is inspired by the famous surrealist artist Salvador Dali.
The judging panel included representatives from the House of Fraser, Marks and Spencer, London Evening Standard and the Worshipful Company Furniture Makers. (Jan 10)

Product Designer Sean Ventress is part of Dyson's team who spent two years in Malaysia to develop the new Air Multiplier fan.
Just launched in New York, Sean hopes that it will "shake up a tired and boringly ubiquitous fan market". (Oct 09)

James Otter wins double awards at the New Forest Trust Fine Crafted Wood Competition
James won both the Fine Woodworking Competition and the People's Choice, beating entries from other universities and colleges as well as professional designer craftsmen.
Inspired by his passion for making timber surf boards, the oak bench combined the best of digital making, steam bending and hand crafting to achieve a high level of comfort.
"This is the first time that the Exhibit coming first in the Trainee competition also came first in the People's Choice competition." Quite an achievement! (Aug 09)

Award Leader for the BA Designer Maker, Polly Macpherson, has recently been elected as Board Member and Trustee to the Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey.
This exciting affiliation has already developed into a pilot mentoring scheme between Guild members and undergraduate students. (Aug 09)

Graduates show off at new Duchy Square Centre for Creativity
The new Duchy Square Centre for Creativity is hosting a joint exhibition of some of the best of this year's graduating students work from Plymouth College of Art and the University of Plymouth's Faculty of Arts.
'First Steps' will celebrate the next generation of creative talent in the South West and will showcase work from the College and the University's Faculty of Art's most recent graduates.
The exhibition is organised by the University's ICCI (Innovation for the Creative and Cultural Industries) and will be open until Monday 31st August. (Jul 09)

Shortlisted 'Great Briton' needs your vote
Graduate Industrial Designer Oliver Blackwell has been shortlisted from thousands of people across the country, for a British Airways Great Britons Award.
The winner is chosen by public votes and he needs Your Votes to help get the World's first drumless washing machine to market.
Oliver was awarded The Daily Mail Designer of The Year for his washing machine that irons clothes, called WashDryIron. (Jul 09)

New USA commission for Once-A-Door graduate

Designer Maker graduate Claire Danthois is currently in California revealing part of a series of major commissions for Newton Vinyards as a result of exhibiting at Situp 07, [re]design's feature at 100% Design.
Claire has also designed a limited batch production Wine Shelves which is for sale in Newton Vinyard's on-line wine shop. (Jun 08)

Architect's Journal
Special Commendation
Claire Beard received a special commendation with her Trickled Truths illustration in a competition launched by cartoonist Ralph Steadman and backed by the AJ to design an entrance to London.
"Beautifully executed!" (May 09)

Transforming the Future

Plymouth tutors and students took part in this creative research event to explore Totnes, the Transition Town. (Apr 09)

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Lawrence's work at LEGO
Plymouth graduate Lawrence Dawes, who graduated in Product Design with his Slow Tandem Bike and Rubber Radio, has been promoted to Creative Lead at LEGO in Demark.
Watch out for his work next time you see these LEGO toys. (Apr 09)

sports cameraheadphonesjuicerbattery drill

Annual Carousel Project focuses on CAD model making
This year's brief consisted of 3 quick-fire projects in 6 weeks: a Digital Radio, an SLR Camera, and a Power Tool or energy saving Kitchen Appliance.
The carousel projects give students the opportunity to work in another 3D Design discipline and encourages teamwork between 1st and 2nd year students. (Apr 09)

micro hydro rain powered porch light stairway design with coat hangers, radiator and towel rail

logo of e d f ideal home exhibition

Award winners exhibit sustainable designs
Plymouth students were selected to put forward sustainable living ideas for this year's Ideal Home Show.
Winner Alex Hort's Micro Hydro uses rain water to power your security light, while Joss Cook and Simon Mathew's stairway explores 'Unexplored Home Territory' of the stairways.
They creatively incorporated clothes hangers, towel rails, low energy heating, and even a xylophone banister to keep the little ones entertained.
There is no need to leave the landing lights on all night, as you can generate electricity to light you way down the stairs. (Mar 09)

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exhibition stand design coat stand children's toothbrushing experience infrared toaster wooden chopstick forks

2nd year Work In Progress Show
This year's exhibition project was opened by our external examiner Prof Richard Appleby.
On show were theme bars, furniture, coat stands, ceramics, children's tooth brushing experience, lighting, tableware, an infrared toaster and sustainable cutlery. (Feb 09)

wall clock kite boat concrete stool ceramics sprung wood stool

3rd year Work In Progress Show
This year's work includes furniture, home accessories, a leisure sports boat, a stool with a cast concrete 'cushion' and one with a sprung wooden seat. (Jan 09)

summer exhibition at the centre of contemporary art for the natural world

Centre of Contemporary Art and the Natural World Summer Show
CCANW's Clive Adams teamed up with Plymouth University tutors to curate their Summer Show of Inspirational Wood Designs from the South West.
Among the exhibitors are designer makers Richard La Trobe Bateman, Tony Portus, Robert Kilvington, Andrea Stemmer, Plymouth tutors, graduates and students.
CCANW is in Haldon Forest, with walks and cycle hire, and the show is on through the summer till 28 Sept 08. Admission is free. (Jul 08)

Plymouth graduates show off at New Designers 08 in London

dining chair won new forest award

Plymouth student wins Fine Furniture Competition
2nd Yr Designer Maker student James Otter won one of the Fine Furniture Competition Awards at the New Forest Show.
His Steam Bent Oak Dining Chair won him a cheque for £400 and received praises from the judges for its innovative design, using sustainable local oak. (July 08)

logo of design magazine

D&AD recognition for Unilever project
MA students Alex Worswick and Luke White's new proposal for Unilever's range of SURE deodorants will be included in the prestigious D&AD's 30th Student Awards' Annual.
Hydra is not a harsh spray but a body mist designed for use on the go, spearheading a new more prominent, precious image while capturing SURE's brand values. (Jun 08)

sure deordorant design proposal

Plymouth trained designer launches major DIY product
To be first shown at the Ideal Home Show 2008, Oliver Blackwell (Daily Mail Concept Designer of the Year) has redesigned the humble extension lead - in a sphere, you walk and it follows.
While Oliver's no-iron washing machine is still in the pipeline, the Powerball will be available in the summer from major DIY and Trade outlets at under £30. (Mar 08)

Plymouth Gin to open 3D Interim Show
3rd Yr Interim Show: Tue 11 - Wed 12 Mar 9am-6pm (private view Mon 10 Mar 5:30-7:30pm) (Mar 08)

PLATFORM Art Exhibition
3rd year student Chris Pepler has been selected to show his Tentacles Light and Side table at PLATFORM 4-9 Mar, at The Custard Factory Gallery, Birmingham. (Mar 08)

2nd year Work In Progress Show
Opening speech by Prof of Architecture Jeremy Gould (Feb 08)

2nd Yr Work In Progress Show soon
Tue 19 - Wed 20 Feb 9am-6pm + Thu 21 Feb 9am-2pm (Jan 08)

Businesses descend on Plymouth
We welcome Plymouth Enterprise Week and the official launch of the stunning new Roland Levinsky Building, Mon 12 - Sat 17 Nov. (Nov 07)

London launch for 3rd Yr Designer Makers
After scooping a prize at the Fine Woodworking competition, Simon White is launching his work at the Candid Arts Trust's Art Fair, Islington 26-28 Oct.
Also showing is Claire Danthois's Once-A-Door Chair which has received nationwide media recognition. (Oct 07)

Shorty, Tufty and Lofty goes East
After showing at [re]design's Sit Up, graduate Sam Murat has been selected by the British Council's Climate Cool Exhibition to show her work in a 2 Yr travelling exhibition.
As part of the China programme, 3 Grazing Sheep are travellng to Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing to educate people about climate change and sustainable consumption. (Oct 07)

Brand NEW Building
3D Design and Architecture have moved into our brand new building designed by renowned Danish architects Henning-Larsen.
Below our open plan studios are 3 theatre/cinemas, a cafe with outside seating and the Peninusla Arts Exhibition Gallery. (Sep 07)

Plymouth students tops New Forest Awards
The New Forest Trust's annual search for UK's top furniture design have been won by Plymouth graduate Hannah Spender, taking home a £2000 commission from INEOS.
2nd prize went to Simon White with his Steam Bent Recliner. The judges were impressed by their originality and craftsmanship. Well done! (Jul 07)

wave bench rocking benchchairwinner hannahrecliner

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Plymouth scoops major National Design Awards
Plymouth graduates achieved major recognition at New Designers, UK's best-of-the-best graduation show, with Jemma Ham
winning the Gleeds Award, and Laura Rowland scooping the ultimate award of the New Designer of the Year. (Jul 07)

Degree Show and New Designers
Its that time of year again for hard work, degree shows and preview parties. And this will be our last show in Exeter!
Find out more about show times. (Jun 07)

Plymouth wins RSA student's award
Designed to encourage local interaction, Alex Worswick's community website won joint first prize in the prestigious RSA student's competition.
The website mimicks your front door, so if you have a 'knock', it means that your neighbours are in need for help or would like to socialise. (Jun 07)
website logo called knock

Crafts at Bovey Tracey
A few selected 2nd and 3rd yr students showed their work amongst the best craftspeople at one of UK's top craft fairs.
Missd it? Join them again next year at the Devon Guild's Bovey Tracey. (May 07)

Plymouth students on BBC TV
Sam Murat's 'Sheep' rocking chair kept Juliet Davenport, Greenenergy's boss entertained while filming for the BBC's Inside Out special feature on Climate Change.
As part of 'Learning by Experience', students exhibited their eco designs at the Good Home Show demonstrating how they use natural and recycled materials. (Apr 07)

bbc filming of interview in yurtbbc filming juliet davenport talking to students

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Annual Carousel Cross Year project
1st and 2nd Yr students from all 3 disciplines in 3D grouped together to develop their designs with contributions from visiting tutor Alastair Fuad Luke.
Their work was celebrated with an end of term exhibition and an impromtual party in the union bar. Happy Easter! (Mar 07)

reclining chair in slatted steam bent ashgarden canopy in steam bent oakstackable pool side loungeremergency cooling kit to treat heat strokeceramic vases with cartoon like characters

Plymouth's design at the Product Concept Awards
Visitors to the Ideal Home Show's Concept Product Awards will be able to see Plymouth graduate Lawrence Dawe's 'Cardiac Rest'.
Special monitors in his 'Heartbeat Pillows for Lovers' mean that couples can feel their partner's heartbeat to promote a sense of togetherness, wellbeing and relaxation. (Mar 07)

two pillows for lovers

Plymouth designs for the future at Ideal Home
Plymouth students are showing off their designs at the Daily Mail Ideal Home Show's 2020 Living competition.
Six universities renowned for design were invited, and their challenge is to look ahead to year 2020, and devise innovative Concept Ideas that are not too far away.
Plymouth's ideas include an energy saving Bath, a night vision Baby Torch, intelligent airport check-in, a space saving Wardrobe, and a concept of receiving 'Internet Flowers'. (Mar 07)


Major RIBA Sterling Prize Exhibition
An airport, a children's hospital and a private house were among the 6 buildings on this year's shortlist for
The RIBA Stirling Prize exhibition at the School of Architecture in Mar 07. (Feb 07)

2nd Yr Show '60 Degrees'
Textile artist Jilly Edwards congradulated 2nd Yr students on their professionalism when she opened their interim show at the evening private view.
The show this year is bigger than ever, including work from Product Design, Designer Maker, and Furniture & Interiors further raising the standard of Plymouth's students' shows. (Feb 07)

Visit to IDEO
3D Head of School Roberto Fraquelli took a small group of 3rd year product designers to spend some time at IDEO in London for 2 days.
It proved a great opportunity for them to appreciate how a top design consultancy operates and their philosophy towards design. The trip was not all work though ...
They also visited the Design Museum, Tate Modern, the Wobbly Bridge and a selection of designer shops including: Skandia, Mint, B&B Italia, SCP, Apple Store and Conran.

Competition shortlists
Designs by Plymouth students and tutors have been shortlisted in major international competitions: 'Ceramics for Breakfast' and 'Fiat 500 Wants You' by Designboom.
Featured designers include Laura Redford, Ernie Bakker, Thomas Lamonby teamed with exchange student Alice Piciocchi, and tutor Brian Adams (Jan 07)

Interim Show
The spot lights fell on the 2nd Yr Designer Makers as they showed their work in a public gallery space.
The show was opened by a mystery guest, further adding to a 'real life' experience, except that no wine was served ...
at least not until they ajourned to the union bar. (Dec 06)

Annual 3D Challenge
For our annual Design Workshop Day, all 3D Design studnets spontaneously answered the 'Body Extensions' brief with performances using only fabric, string, and cardboard.
With inspiration from visiting eco lecturer Alastair Fuad Luke, one team selected to take on Slow Design while others tackled emotion and pressure,
with performances held in the packed student's bar, in front of a distinguished panel of judges from Fine Art, and including our late Vice Chancellor. (Dec 06)

Design Miami welcomes Plymouth graduate
Watch out Design Miami! 'A Day in the Life' launches Barnaby Barford's new collection in the Miami Design District, in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach. (Nov 06)

Plymouth graduates reunite to exhibit in Devon gallery
A group of recent design graduates re-grouped to exhibit at GIFTED, the annual selling show at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton.
"East Devon District Council is proud to support young artists from Plymouth, we and hope to show more of their work in the future" says show curator Angela Blackwell." (Nov 06)

Terence Conran finds Plymouth graduate in his crystal ball
'Britain leads the world in cutting-edge design, but who are the starts of the future? Design legend Terence Conran looks into his crystal ball and picks the brightest young talents.'
The Independent Magazine featuring Plymouth graduate John Caswell as one of the top 6. (23 Sep 06)

flat pack chair assembled with cable ties that can be taken apart again easilyfolded sheet metal wall light shaped like light bulb iconscylindrical table lamps tilted up by a tinyman figure called slim jimwalldrobe with computer routed hangers which can be snapped off

Plymouth graduate starts PhD research
Steve Brown, 2001 Designer Maker graduate starts his ARHC PhD on Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Victoria & Albert Museum:
The impact on and possibilities created for Applied Arts practitioners by new image based technologies in relation to the integration of Pattern and Form, placed within a historical/cultural context of the development of systems for ornament.

Plymouth graduate joins LEGO design team
Famous for his series of studies on Slow Design and Hemp Bike, 2006 graduate Lawrence Dawes heads straight for the LEGO design office in Denmark.
Wonder if we might see some slow Lego toys? (Sep 06)

bicycle pump flexi tube which doesn't get lost because it doubles as watch

Plymouth at New Designers SELECTION
Plymouth 06 graduate John Caswell has been selected out of hundreds of graduates to show his work during the London Design Festival.
This final selection have been short-listed by our judges, which include companies such as DKNY, Dyson, Design Museum, V&A and Allermuir. (Sep 06)

ceramic speakers which look like bald heads singing merrily to you

Plymouth at 100% Design East
Fresh from their success at New Designers, 4 Plymouth graduates have been selected to launch their designs at 100% Design East in their curated Talent Zone.
Don't miss this side of 100% Design, renowned as the birthplace for new talent. (Aug 06)

poster for 100% east talent zone design show

New Forest Trust awards Plymouth student
Whilst still in his 2nd yr, Dan Lashley collected a well deserved 2nd prize in the non-professional category of the New Forest Trust's inaugural Fine Crafted Wood Competition.
Nearly 30 of the UK's top furniture makers exhibited their work there to promote the sustainable use of locally available timber. (Jul 06)

coffee table inspired by surf boards won 2nd place in new forest show

Triumph at New Designers
Plymouth 3D graduates celebrated their graduation in style with one of the largest stands at New Designers
Grabbing the headline is Lawrence Dawe's BiCycle, part of his Slo-Design range which caught the attention of Boris Johnson and branded 'Best of Show' by a top news angency. (Jul 06)

lawrence dawes social bicycle for 2 made in bio degradable hemp plasticnew designers standreclining lounger on new designers stand

Visit New Designers
Visit New Designers at the Business Design Centre, opened by Kevin McCloud (Honourary Doctorate of Plymouth). (Jul 06)

new designers poster

John Caswell wins RSA Design Award
Winner of a prestigious RSA award, John Caswell's 'Wailers' are fun bald ceramic speakers that look as if they are singing to you.
And his 'Slim Jim' weight-lifting lamp shades received a commendation from the Lighting Association. Well done John! (Jun 06)

ceramic speakers which look like bald heads singing merrily to you

Best Young Designer Leading edge style magazine Wallpaper chose Plymouth graduate Peter Woollin as one of their Best Young Designers.
In his 'Orphans' range, Peter confuses the idea of function. 'I try to design work that doesn't explain itself immediately." (May 06)
wallpaper magazine logo

Graduates preview their work at Crafts at Bovey Tracey
A lucky group of Designermaker students showed their designs at this renowned show, alongside nearly 200 professional artists. (May 06)

100 Devon Potters
A select few graduates from the Designer Makers course took part in this repeat of the successful 1998 show at the Burton Art Gallery and Museum during the North Devon Festival. (Apr 06)

2nd Yr Interim Show
We thank renowned texile designer Jilly Edwards for opening our show, which remains open in the foyer balcony during most of Mar 06. All welcome! (Feb 06)

Plymouth graduate wins Innovation Award
Product Design graduate Oliver Blackwell's world's first drumless washing machine appeared on ITV's Richard Hammond 5 O'clock Show and won the Best Innovations Award at the Ideal Homes Exhibition.
"My washing machine is the same width and depth as a normal washing machine but the beauty is it can save someone an average of ten days a year in ironing time!" He now travels the world to develop his work. (Feb 06)

oliver blackwell's drumless washing machine

Hidden Art Milan
Designermaker graduate Nick Fraser will be showing his Plymouth designs in Milan, 5-10 Apr 2006 as part of Hidden Art Cornwall.
At the famous Salone Satellite, Hidden Art will showcase furniture, ceramics, lighting and interior products under the banner Hidden Art Milano. (Jan 06)

Iconic table lamp with perspex rods arranged like a dot to dot sketch of a lamp coming through square wooden panels

Setting Out 06
Designer Maker graduate Stacey Parker, has been selected by an eminent panel of judges
to take part in the prestigious ceramics event Setting Out, opening 31 Jan 2006. (Jan 06)

Stacey Parker's ceramic vases which pairs up to hide an intricate raised wallpaper pattern

Plymouth graduate joins Saxum
Designer Maker Alex Carpenter will be starting work as a designer for prestigious design firm Saxum.
Designer Director Sarah George said: Alex has "a lot of design talent and the important 'can-do' attitude! ... keeping things beautifully simple." (Jan 06)

Chelsea Crafts Fair
Designer Maker Lucy Turner of Beef Design has been selected to exhibit at the Crafts Council's prestigious Chelsea Crafts Fair 2005. (Oct 05)

Arts Centre Slovenia
Designer Maker Helen Terry has been selected by the European Volunteer Service to work with Art Centre Solvenia.
Helen will help organise exhibitions, design PR material, maintain the website, and attend gastronomy workshops ... amongst other things. (Oct 05)

Designer's Block 05
Two new collaboration of Plymouth alumni have launched themselves at the cutting edge design show Designer's Block 21-25 Sept.
Batch are multidisciplinary designers showing contemporary furniture and products, and Udder (below) are featuring stuff from the Dark side. (Sep 05)

Find peace in a Padded Cell Chair ... padded cell chair to get madly relaxed
fun rug cut in the shape of a murdered body... or rest in peace.

New Designers One Year On
3 out of the 23 exhibitors selected by New Designers and the Crafts Council for this year's One Year On were graduates of Plymouth. (Jul 05)

New Designers 05
Plymouth students exhibit on 3 stands at New Designers (Jul 05)

Chair of large ringsceramics napkin rings

designboom shortlisting
Plymouth student Nick Melville has been shortlisted in designboom's national competition RE-Think & RE-Cycle.
Stamped wooden knives and forks are simply snapped from the packet as required in a similar manner to books of matches. (2/05)

wooden cutlery
wooden cutlery

Milan Salone Satellite 2005
15 Plymouth graduates and students were selected to show their designs at Milan Salone Satellite.
This follows on from the huge success last years' students had at 100% Design and New Designers in London. (4/05)

Brand NEW Faculty Building

Architecture and Design is moving into a brand new building in Plymouth in 2007, designed by renowned Danish architects Henning-Larsen.

Sir Christopher Frayling Head of the RCA:

'Apart from the Bauhaus and Charles Rennie Mackintosh, art colleges have built few distinguished buildings, the majority were apologetic and leaked'.
He believes these new buildings will change the landscape and reaffirm our faith in modern architecture and design.

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