A Winning Evening

New Designers 2016 | Part 2


MDes Product Design graduand Chuko Cribb was presented with the Kingfisher Award during last night’s NewDesigners Awards Preview Evening at London’s Business Design Centre. The awards ceremony opened with a speech from Anthony Joseph of JosephJoseph, who reiterated the virtues of hard work and lifelong learning.

Kingfisher’s retail brands include B&Q, Screwfix, Castorama and Brico Depot, and the company has more than 1,100 stores in 10 countries across Europe. Chuko receives £1000 and a 6 week professional placement opportunity. We wish him all the best.

Foreign Correspondance


It’s always a pleasure to hear from our graduates, and it’s easy to forget how far students travel to study with us (and how far they go when they leave us!). A recent update from Sisi Xu (MDes Product Design graduate and ex-student rep extraordinaire) informed us about her business success, collaborations with Quanzhou Normal University and awards. Congratulations Sisi!


What is Luxury?

What is Luxury?
Victoria & Albert Museum
25 April – 27 September 2015

Work from 2012 ID graduate Gang Jian Cui will feature in the upcoming exhibition What is Luxury? at the V&A. The exhibition “interrogates general ideas about luxury, its production and future. The relationship of luxury to change, context and conventions is scrutinised through historic objects and contemporary art and design.”




Recent Coventry graduate Timur Bozca has been crowned Young Designer of the Year in the 2015 ShowBoats Design Awards for his project Cauta (beating 33 other entries).

In the judges’ opinion, his design was “unique in its Dynarig sail plan, which, in combination with what was considered to be a very proficient, forward-looking exterior design, created an accomplished yacht of striking appearance.”

Congratulations Timur!

SH (TN ed.)

Next Generation


The Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award judges with winner Nicole Agba

2014 Graduate Nicole Agba has won the prestigious Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award. Nicole was crowned the winner at The SMMT (The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) annual dinner on Tuesday 25 November.

Nicole’s winning entry to the design competition was a concept for a biometric steering wheel that could put an end to drink-driving, immobilising the car automatically if drivers are over the legal limit. It also detects signs of fatigue, anger or nervousness, using smart fabrics to monitor the driver’s heart and respiration rates.

Nicole’s prize includes 2 week blocks of work experience with the five main sponsoring companies: JLR, McLaren, Peugeot, Skoda and Toyota, as well as a cash prize of £7500.

“The Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award was launched in 2009 by Autocar in partnership with Courland International and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, and was created to highlight the ingenuity, potential and sheer brainpower of UK-based students. Five years on, it’s now widely regarded as the leading competition of its type” – Autocar

BC, TN ed.

MA Automotive Design Graduate Flying High in Beijing


MA Automotive Design graduate, Can Huang, has secured a graduate job with Hyundai in Bejing. Can was presented with awards for ‘Best Model’ and ‘Best Concept’ at the University’s industry private view earlier in the year. He then submitted a winning design entitled Sustainable Future Sports Car, which generated interested from leading publication Car Design News.

Following this success, Can has managed to secure a graduate position in Hyundai Motors, Beijing. Can will be working as an Exterior Designer for Hyundai and said: “This role offers fantastic opportunities to work on live projects and carry out that work in a great environment with the best facilities.”

Can continued: “I’m looking forward to working in a professional design environment, working on production cars, competing with experienced designers in both the China studio and the other three studios in the world. I get instruction from experienced designers, which has improved a lot of my sketches and design ability.”


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RINA Marine Design Conference 2014

RINA Marine Design Conference
3-4 September 2014

tim's boat

Aquivica by Tim Thompson

The RINA Marine Design Conference 2014 is underway. Renowned delegates and speakers from around the World are gathered in the University’s Alan Berry lecture theatre to discuss new ideas, innovations and challenges in Marine Design.

The conference has been jointly organised by RINA, EBDIG (The European Boat Design Innovation Group), Lloyds Register and Coventry University. Coventry’s resident marine expert Dr. Sean McCartan began the proceedings this morning with The Marine Design Manifesto. The conference includes no less than nine papers from Coventry University academics (not counting graduates!).