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Innovation Through Play: Design for Learning

Design Innovation in Plastics 2014 registration now open.

September 4, 2013


London – Undergraduate and postgraduate design students in the UK and Ireland, enlisted for the academic year 2013-14, can now register to be part of Europe’s longest running student plastics design competition, Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP).

The 2014 brief: 'Innovation Through Play: Design for Learning’, invites students to design an educational product in plastics which must be original, functional and innovative, and above all, provide an engaging playful experience that stimulates divergent thinking and creativity. Students are able to choose their target market, including the age and likely reasons for using the product.

Martin Sixsmith, DIP chairman, comments: “Hand an adult a paperclip and they see a paperclip. Hand that same paperclip to a child and they discover an earring, a lock-pick, a hook, a snake, and a way to make small holes in things. We hope our 2014 brief will encourage design students to be really creative and introduce some innovative and playful designs.”

Online registrations must be received by Friday 29th November and entries submitted by Friday 21st February, with judging taking place in spring 2014. Information on how to enter can be found at: www.designinnovationplastics.org
DIP is co-organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) and the Worshipful Company of Horners, a City Livery Company that has forged strong links with the plastics industry. The competition wouldn’t be possible without its industry sponsors: Bayer MaterialScience, Innovate, Brightworks, HellermannTyton, PDD, PlasticsEurope and G&A Moulding Technology.


For further information please contact:
Sylvia Katz, Award Coordinator tel: 020 7503 5949
email: sylviakatz@designinnovationplastics.org.uk    www.designinnovationplastics.org

Note to editors

  • Established in 1985, Design Innovation in Plastics is the longest running student plastics design award in Europe. For more information visit www.designinnovationplastics.org
  • The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) was created from the merger of The Institute of Materials (IOM) and The Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (IMM), and now incorporates the Institute of Packaging. The IOM3 is the professional body for the advancement of materials, minerals and mining to governments, industry, academia, the public and the professions. For more information visit www.iom3.org
  • The Worshipful Company of Horners is one of the oldest livery companies in the City of London and was formed to regulate the horn-working trade. In 1943 it adopted its modern equivalent, the plastics industry. For more information visit www.horners.org.uk
  • Bayer MaterialScience is one of the world’s largest producers of polymers and high-performance plastics. Its coatings, adhesives, insulating materials and sealants, polycarbonates and polyurethanes can be found in applications ranging from automotive, construction, electrical, electronics and household, to sports and leisure. For more information, visit www.bayer.co.uk

*Special thanks are due to the following sponsors:

  • PlasticsEurope: the leading European plastics trade association
  • Innovate Product Design: specialises in helping individuals to protect, develop and commercialise their new product ideas and inventions
  • PDD: provides integrated design and innovation skills, working with organisations worldwide to develop novel products, services and business processes that drive revenues and create competitive advantage
  • G&A Moulding Technology: an independent, non-biased company offering the injection moulding industry support, training and advisory services
  • Brightworks: an award-winning UK product design and development consultancy dedicated to helping other companies develop the best products for their customers, their markets and their brands
  • HellermannTyton: one of the leading suppliers of products for fastening, fixing, identifying and protecting cables and their connecting components