Ex-undergraduate, and now PhD student, Maddy Conaghan and I talked at the National Road Safety Conference 2014 at the Grand Hotel in Brighton this afternoon. Great conference – lively and lots of atmosphere. Lots of interest in Maddy’s work around driver cognitive overload too.
Sorry that we haven’t been talking much lately, it’s been very, very busy. Des, Eddy, Cathy, Steven and a sprinkling of students are currently all down in Southampton presenting at the Ergonomics & Human Factors Cconference (http://www.ehf2014.org.uk/), Mark is working on some interesting developments for his PhD, and I’m just back from reviewing product design courses at two other Universities for the IED.
Our own course changes seem to be working well although we’ll have a full review at the end of the year. It’s easy though to see that our 4 new maker bots have been particularly helpful, and good to have our Designer in Residence Hamish on hand to help out as well.
After the Easter break we have a few more teaching weeks then will start our exhibition series. First year work is viewable by the public on Wed 14th, 2nd years on Wed 21st, and final years on 30th and 31st May in the Basement rooms (Friday 16.00 to 22.00 and Saturday 10.00 to 18.00, http://www.thebasement.uk.com/venue_home.html). Some final years will be then up at New Designers as usual from 2nd to 5th July.
Thanks to all of those who have been keeping in touch with us – some really great stuff going on out there. I hope that we’ll be able to catch up with some of you at these events.
Looking forward to seeing our new and returning students. Encourage you to attend some of the London Design Festival – http://www.londondesignfestival.com/
Here’s last years Brighton stand at New Designers, and this years exhibitors are working hard to design and build their stand for the 2013 event. They will be at the part 2 event on 3rd to 6th July – hope to see you there. http://www.newdesigners.com/
Well done to all students from every year for their end of year exhibitions, especially final years with a brilliant closing schools outreach programme. See you next at New Designers. Thanks also to our industrial friends at Aqualisa, Brightwell, Modo, Thales, Brighton and Hove City Council, and others including all of our guest speakers, who supported us this year. The exhibition video clip is here – http://youtu.be/mLlpgoh0NnM
With one week left to go, the countdown to our exhibition begins!
As part of Brighton’s Fringe festival, 47 final year students will be showcasing their products for public view.
We have a diverse range of innovative products in development, some of which have the potential to save lives.
The exhibition runs from 11am to 8pm on Friday 31st May, in the Design Studio in the Cockcroft Building at the University of Brighton, BN2 4GJ. Invites to the exhibition can be found below.
Events will be held throughout the day such as guest speakers and idea generation sessions.
We hope to see you next Friday!
A few final year students headed to the Business Design Centre in Islington last Friday for the New Designers 2013 preparation day.
We met the New Designers team, and other business professionals, and details on how to make the most of the upcoming exhibition were discussed, such as stand presentation, exhibition PR, and intellectual property.