NTU alumni highlighted as ‘Ones to Watch’ by the Design Council

NTU alumni Claire Jefferies (BA (Hons) Graphic Design, 2014) and Oliver Hrubiak (BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design, 2012) have been named in the Design Council’s recent list of 70 rising design stars.

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Alumna Claire Jefferies 'First Aid Fred' app design

NTU alumni Claire Jefferies (BA (Hons) Graphic Design, 2014) and Oliver Hrubiak (BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design, 2012) have been named in the Design Council’s recent list of 70 rising design stars that they think represent the future of British design.

The Design Council’s ‘Ones to Watch’ have been chosen from hundreds of entrants for their outstanding vision, ambition and potential to contribute to the UK’s reputation as a leading design nation.

Recent graduate, Claire Jefferies has been highlighted for her smartphone app ‘First Aid Fred’ that she developed as a student on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design course.

The app teaches the basics of first aid to 8 – 14 year olds in an engaging, fun and interactive way. The design incorporates problem-solving, games and humour. The immersive experience works to embed knowledge early on so children can reach adulthood confident in their first aid skills.

Claire’s app also won the Silver Prize at The Creative Conscience Awards in 2014.

Alumnus Oliver Hrubiak has also been included on the list for his Finn Lounge Chair, which challenges contemporary ‘disposable’ furniture.

Oliver’s inspiration comes from the enduring aesthetic appeal of mid-century Scandinavian design. Incorporating top quality British steel, the Finn Lounge Chair is compact and elegant as well as supportive, warm and tactile. The chair is designed to rise above fashion trends, with its appeal being its good proportions, simple shapes, soft lines and natural finishes.

Oliver also won a Furniture Guild Mark Award in 2014 for the chair, which he developed while studying on the BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design course at NTU.

Take a look at Claire and Oliver’s websites to see more of their designs.

NTU alumni highlighted as ‘Ones to Watch’ by the Design Council

Published on 26 March 2015
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment; School of Art & Design

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