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I joined the 3rd year of Product design after completing a HND in Furniture design.
Although I enjoyed furniture design and my work from both years was exhibited in the Manchester Furniture show, I felt as though I lacked anything more than basic knowledge in the design world. I wanted to branch out and focus on more than just furniture.
During this last year of study, I have concentrated on creating a multifunctional children’s toy that is both playful and educational for use during and post-pandemic.
Children have taken the biggest hit during the pandemic; they’ve been isolated away from their peers and lost a year of their education, which has had a negative effect on their development. I wanted to give back something that would ease the pressure of being indoors for long periods of time without taking up any space from the home. For more information, please look on my website.

Danielle Maw

Lumi isn’t just a box, it’s a box of pos­sibilities. It helps children to think outside of the box in terms of play and unlocks their imagination.

My project is all about reuse, reduce, recycle, and resonates through reusing high volume waste to create a new sustainable material. My project uses tea bags to create a paper like material that is used to create a plant pot. The herbs are used for composts and plantaris, this is done by compressing them in the push pop device. The device uses a pellet mould to shape the used tea herbs, the pellets can be compressed with crest seeds for educational purposes.  Oliverrowan13@gmail.com

Oliver Rowan

How might we reuse tea bags to create a new material to aid the creation of products?

In-depth research highlighted a need for incorporating safe risk into play spaces, an element of play that is often unsatisfied. A key issue is that adults and guardians will terminate play because they have concerns for children’s safety but by not encouraging or providing for risky play, children seem to find other ways to satisfy their demand for uncertainty. These activities tend to be inherently more dangerous because they are uncontrolled.
This research driven project aims to inspire designers to think outside the current boundaries of creating children’s play spaces, focusing on adapting the layout, environment and forms. The set produced incorporates a range of forms and materials that designers and councils can manipulate and assess. The intent of this set is to encourage a better relationship between play spaces and natural surroundings, less parental involvement during play and in-depth consideration of play values.

Rose Meredith

Controlling environments so play can be uncontrolled.

Implementing new technology into our train stations could improve the user experience and make travel more desirable. The aim of the 1 Card is to achieve a system in which travelling via train is efficient, effortless and enjoyable. With the opportunity to gain points and receive discounts on future travel and confectionaries within the station through the 1 Card, the transition from kiosk to platform is much easier. Using RFID scanning when passing the gates to the platform enhances the user experience and ensures travel is as efficient as possible. Along with a mobile app, the user can be kept up to date with train timetables and unique member offers.  

Sam Barlow

The aim of the 1 Card is to achieve a system in which travelling via train is efficient, effortless and enjoyable.

Research during this major project focused on the needs of working from home and the want to make the most out of outdoor spaces and gardens. Combining these key factors into a design for new garden furniture resulted in interesting ways to make working outdoors more desirable.  Through ideation and modelling, this versatile ‘work box’ allows the user to store their essential items in the drawers provided to carry their work from indoors to outdoors with ease. The platform lifts, allowing extra space to place a laptop whilst also having a side panel that can be pulled out to increase the workspace. This product also comes with detachable legs so the box can be used as a small side table or sat on a desk to make the workspace more efficient. Attention to detail has been an essential part of making during this project to provide a well-made working prototype.

Sian Davies

Transforming your garden into a fifth room.

In recent years, whilst working full time as a food-retail supervisor and studying Product Design, I have uncovered a new appetite for sustainability. I have seen first-hand how much single use plastic (SUP) is used within the industry especially food packaging that is not or cannot be recycled. 

For my Major Project, I have explored how we can manipulate reusable and home-biodegradable materials in order to prevent the use of SUPs within the foods industry. I have designed a selection of flat-pack, sustainable food packaging which will contribute towards a more environmentally friendly planet. 

For further information or to see more of my products, please have a look at my website https://www.simoncharlesdesign.com and follow me on Instagram @simoncharlesdesign.

Simon Owen

The sustainable flat-pack food packaging company that grows what you throw.

The post-Covid backpack; Mod-Pac is a bag that fits around your lifestyle and hobbies. With the core of the product being its back frame, all the user must do is easily attach on the mods they wish to use on the day.
For example, say you are an avid photographer, the main bag you would use is the ‘photography mod’, built with three compartments, one for the camera itself and storage once the camera is in use, a 2nd compartment with room for extra lenses, and a 3rd for extra space and batteries. 
A secondary bag you might use would be the ‘gym mod’, perfect for use in a gym environment, with two compartments consisting of a main bag for extra clothes, food and water, and a 2nd compartment for your used gym clothes once you have finished the work out.
The modifications that can be made to the backpack are boundless.

Stephen Clayton

Post-Covid travel luggage which suits the user’s lifestyle. The ‘Mod-Pac’ allows for an array of bags, all fitting on a common back frame.