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Fourth Annual Interior Design Trip: Rome
14-18th March 2016

Tutors accompanied 59(!) Interior Design students to Rome at the end of March for a five day immersive cultural experience. The trip was subsidised by CU’s Centre for Global Engagement.

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Senior Lecturer Richard Jones waxes lyrical about the Colossum

The city is positively overflowing with outstanding examples of Baroque, Renaissance, Neoclassical and of course Roman art and architecture (as well as a number of contemporary projects). Organised excursions were made, taking in works including The Colosseum, Palatine Hill, The Forum, PantheonFontana di Trevi and the Spanish Steps. Students also explored The Vatican (taking in St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel) and (the now late) Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI Museum as well as being given time to plan their own pizza/gelato-fueled adventures.

Foreign Correspondance

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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!

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Posting Post

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Product Design undergraduate Tim Spears is currently interning as an online design editor at designboom in Milan. Reading (and contributing to) digital design journals/forums is fast becoming a daily activity for most creative professionals, but what happens behind the scenes?

Tim kindly paused to write us a ‘day in the life':

ID Win Prestigious Red Dot Awards

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Students at Coventry University have beaten over 4,750 entries from 63 countries to win what is considered an ‘Oscar’ of the global design industry, and have helped the University achieve a number one ranking for design in the UK.

Led by Senior Lecturer, Clive Hilton, two groups of postgraduates (Team Pangea and Team Hercules), have won the Red Dot ‘Best Concept Award’ and ‘Best of Best Concept Award’ respectively in recognition of their designs for an innovative earth-digging excavator, which were conceived as part of a collaboration with Leamington-based global engineering consultant Ricardo plc.

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The design from Team Hercules, which was one of only 40 to be awarded the ‘Best of Best Concept’ accolade

MA Automotive Design Graduate Flying High in Beijing

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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.”

 

Story originally posted on E-dition.
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RINA Marine Design Conference 2014

RINA Marine Design Conference
3-4 September 2014

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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!).

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Design x Technology

Second International Multidisciplinary Pressure Cooker Workshop
Coventry University x HAN University
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During an Easter workshop, 30 students from Coventry University and HAN University (whose students travelled to Coventry from The Netherlands) developed concepts for smart life jackets; wearable technology that could save lives.

In a first for both Universities, students of different courses participated in the workshop – Automotive, Transport, Product and Interior Design students worked in groups with Dutch IT Engineers and Communication students.

Ciao Milano!

Interior Design Excursion: Milan, 7th – 12th April

This past week, ID staff accompanied a group of first and second year Interior Design students to Milan’s eagerly awaited Design Week 2014. Arguably the most important event in the design calendar, every Easter Milan plays host to the world’s largest exhibition of domestic and commercial furnishings. Events, product launches, pop-ups and parties are spread across the city, allowing visitors a glimpse of the ‘hidden Milan’ that is so rarely seen during the rest of the year – doors are opened, courtyards revealed, prosecco corks are popped, and the entire city is transformed into an immersive and extravagant showroom.

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