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Are you inspired to get involved in DIP 2015?

Read first-hand accounts from our 2014 winners.

“For me, it all started with the competition. The doors it opens to a young designer cannot be underestimated.This annual event  puts the needs of the students first and it does all it can to not only to run a brilliant competition but to nurture the students through feedback, contacts, mentorships  mentoring and, most importantly, internships. 

“The placement at Bayer was incredibly valuable to a design student. I spent my week learning about Bayer, what they do and what they aspire to achieve. Seeing first hand how plastic is made and manufactured was very useful. Book and lectures can only do so much, seeing it makes everything click. 

“A meeting with the IP department was organised and proved to be invaluable and very timely. These resources are hard to access as a student and it has increased the chances of taking my design to market. 

“The people I met were very welcoming. Through my various tours and conversations with them I have learned a great deal - knowledge that simply cannot be gained as a student. The value in having real world contacts is a luxury as a student and one that I intend to make the most of. 

“I was not fully aware of Bayer and their innovations before the competition. During my week I have not only learned about what they do but what they dream of. The innovation, commitment to innovation and change shown was incredibly impressive. Being in an environment such as this is very inspiring and I have come away with my head full of ideas and even more energy. 

“The hospitality shown to me was second to none. I want to sincerely thank everyone who helped me have a brilliant week. 

“All that's left to say is …………get involved with DIP 2015!”

Michael Tougher, Winner, DIP 2015
Placement: Bayer MaterialScience, Leverkusen, Germany



“As part of my prize for the Design Innovation in Plastics competition, I was lucky enough to get a placement with Innovate Product Design, an invention development company based in Salisbury. Due to other commitments in the summer, I could only manage a two week placement, and was worried that I would not manage to achieve as much as I hoped in such a tight time-frame. However, I couldn’t have been more wrong! As soon as I got settled, my team got me started on a live project for a client who had an idea for a medical device. Immediately, I realised that product design in the real world moves a whole lot faster than it does at university! All of the designers were working on multiple projects at different stages, from conceptualising, to prototyping, right through to mass manufacture.

“The whole experience reminded me of learning a new language by moving to a foreign country: by being immersed in such a fast-paced environment, I found that I was quickly picking up new skills and techniques from everyone around me. My team was massively supportive, and always made time to give me a hand if I needed it. One of my favourite things about working at Innovate was how varied everyone’s skill sets were; as it meant that there were so many people to learn from. Over the course of the two weeks I learned about everything from Keyshot renders to welding.

“The Design Innovation in Plastics competition has opened so many doors for me, and I can’t recommend it highly enough to anyone who may be thinking of entering. I really feel that the skills and experiences I have gained through the competition and placement at Innovate have set me up for an exciting career in product design.”

Helen Campbell, Second Place, DIP 2014
Placement: Innovate Product Design, Salisbury, England