Automotive + Transport Design | Product Design | Interior Design
MSc Black Country Day Trip: February 2015
MSc Design & Transport students Yafei Wang, Karthik Satheesh and Wan-Ju Hsieh travelled to Dudley and the Black Country Living Museum, Tipton via Wolverhampton by train, tram and bus on Friday 20th February 2015, accompanied by tutor Peter Atkinson and his family.
A visit by Centro was arranged by Transport Design tutor Elaine Mackie for final year students to present their work to Sandeep Shingadia (Head of Scheme Development) and Richard Booth (Strategic Development Manager) regarding their final design proposals for street furniture and waiting environments associated with the Sprint rapid transit system.
Recent ID graduates Sam Lucas, Joe Ginniff, and Phil Rogers made it into this year’s Wallpaper* magazine Graduate Directory. They are listed with 11 others from leading International institutions. Minwoo Hwang, also a Coventry graduate, features but under the flag of the RCA.
Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2014 / Red Dot Design Ranking
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.
The design from Team Hercules, which was one of only 40 to be awarded the ‘Best of Best Concept’ accolade
Soon to enter into the third year, Transport Design student Robert Hunt had his concept for the JCB Project 120 Design Contest (to propose a JCB Backhoe Loader for the year 2017) listed in the final top 10 entries (joint 10th).
The public vote ensured that Robert was allowed to present his work to JCB staff at JCB HQ. Congratulations Robert.
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Coventry University Teaching and Learning Conference
Teaching and Learning Excellence Awards
26 – 27 June 2014
ID staff from Automotive and Transport Design were honoured with an award at the recent Teaching and Learning Conference:
Employability: Automotive and Transport Design
(Nick Hull, Brian Clough, Alan Barrett, Elaine Mackie, Aysar Ghassan, Simon Grand, Lawson Swinfield, John Owen, Shaun Hutchinson, Richard Barrett)
“The Auto & Transport Design course is the top course in the world in terms of student prizes won. Not only does graduate employment remain at a very high level, but also requests to present Internationally to the industry and to other educational institutions, together with the industry commissions for live student projects and research by specialist staff, all speak to the close relationship between the course and industry and the high level of employer engagement. Careers advice is integrated throughout the course, leading industry figures visit to give talks to students, impressive placement opportunities are available. The students learn to be global leaders in their field, the success of many alumni evidences the course’s ability to deliver on this agenda to the highest level.”
Clive Hilton (MSc Industrial Product Design / MSc Design and Transport) was nominated for Inspirational Teacher of the Year.
Automotive & Transport Design
The show began yesterday with a VIP and Press preview, during which we enjoyed awards success with Product Design graduand Alex Daniels finishing runner up in the Business Design Centre New Designer of the Year Award 2014 (Part 2). This was arguably the highest accolade of the evening awarded to an Industrial Designer (first place going to Graphics). Alex was presented with his trophy, a cheque for £500 and a bottle of Absolut vodka by keynote speaker Sir John Sorrell. Alex’s design for a walking aid caught the judges’ attention by innovatively addressing an un-glamorous design problem. They commented: “Taking on an unglamorous product, Alex has brought a fresh new approach and an elegant solution to the walking aid. He has made it into an inclusive product suitable for both the elderly and injured.”
The last visit to Birmingham Airport for the time being was arranged by Elaine Mackie, second year tutor for the second year automotive and transport students to present their final designs for the ‘People Mover’ project to Michelle Thurgood, Transport Specialist and Rob Eaton, Planning Manager.
From left to right:
Yang Zhao, Aaron Yong, Rob Eaton, Michelle Thurgood, Dastinas Steponenas at Diamond House, Birmingham Airport