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Student's seat design for autistic children recognised for its originality

BSc Product Design student Nikian Aghababaie placed in the top three for the Design Innovation In Plastics Award.

Nikian Aghababaie
Nikian Aghababaie says he wants to help children struggling to communicate with the world around them through his seat design

BSc Product Design student Nikian Aghababaie placed in the top three for the Design Innovation In Plastics Award.

Design Innovation In Plastics is now the longest running student plastics design award in Europe and is an opportunity for students to make a name for themselves. Around 280 students from 20 universities register for the competition every year, with many courses now incorporating it into their coursework.

This year students were invited to design an educational product in plastics. They were asked for their designs to be original, functional and innovative, and above all, provide an engaging playful experience that stimulates divergent thinking and creativity.

Nikian initially entered three presentation boards to the competition and was then selected as one of six finalists. The finalists were then asked to give a 20 minute presentation and demonstration of their designs.

Nikian explained, "My idea was to help children who struggled to communicate with the world around them. Essentially my design helps children with autism, who may also be deaf and blind, communicate through visual, music and tactile sensory inputs while keeping active."

Nikian was award with third place for his seat design and received £250 cash prize and the chance to complete a work placement with PDD London.

Nikian added, "When I found out I had been placed in the top three I was elated that there was professional interest in my design and I could develop it. In the future I hope to own my own business and for the work I produce to make a positive impact on society."

Student's seat design for autistic children recognised for its originality

Published on 23 July 2014
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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