Product Design students travel to China

BSc Product Design students travelled to China to be part of the Shanghai Upcycling programme.

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The winning students

Earlier this year two second year BSc Product Design students travelled to China to be part of The Shanghai Upcycling Programme. The annual event aims to bring together students and staff from eight UK, eight Chinese and four East Asian universities specialising in industrial design, for a ten day event in Shanghai.

Students from each university attended workshops where they were grouped together to design products with industry leftovers. They then received professional coaching from experts, teachers and relevant businesses and were asked to work out designed art items with the leftovers provided. These items were expected to have good taste, innovativeness and beautiful form, and to take into consideration the potential for mass production.

One of the attending NTU students, Francine Lorriman said, "Over the two weeks we spent most weekdays working on projects we designed within our teams. Within my team we firstly designed a chandelier type light, using the waste materials we'd been given, and from the first light we developed two more. This meant our team split up, and as I worked on the chandelier, the other two team members worked on the other two lights.”

By working together with students from other countries students were able to develop their language skills, demonstrate their creativity and improve their employability.

Chris Ebbert, Senior Lecturer from Product Design said, "The workshop was very well-organised and introduced us to a number of great and interesting fellows from other institutions, some of which were highly motivated to strike up close relationships between their own product design departments and ours. NTU enjoys an excellent reputation for product design."

Francine added, "We all had a great time and it was a really good experience to see how others work, and how they use the design process differently to come out with great results."

Overall NTU picked up five awards from the event. Francine Lorriman and Frank Worcester won 'Best Cost Effective Award'. Francine also won 'Best Innovation Award', and Senior Lecturer Chris Ebbert won the 'Best Functional Product Award' and 'Best Application Materials Award'.

Product Design students travel to China

Published on 11 June 2014
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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