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Six finalists announced for 2017 Design Innovation in Plastics competition

Students design innovative new products for the travel industry

Six talented university students specialising in product and design-related subjects have come up with new ways of making travel easier. 
Their products were chosen after being whittled down from an original  record submission of 166 entries, to be the finalists in the 2017 Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) competition, headline sponsored by Covestro.
Organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining and the Worshipful Company of Horners, the competition is sponsored and supported by market leaders in the fields of design and innovation.

The competition brief, ‘Products for Independent Travel’, asked them to design an innovative product, primarily in plastic, that will provide a more comfortable and less stressful travel experience.
After two days of sifting and scrutiny of all the entries the shortlisted students were announced as follows:

Ellen Britton, Product Design Engineering, Glasgow School of Art: ‘Peek’ interactive travel sunshade for entertaining bored and restless children.                                                   
Kayleigh Dobson, Product Design, University of Central Lancashire: ‘AirBaby’ portable, inflatable lap seat. 

Russell Kilgour,  Product Design Engineering, Glasgow School of Art: ‘Nomad’ travel camera bag.

Aidan Smith, Design for Industry, Northumbria University:  ‘Pedlock’ bicycle pedal with integral lock.

Monique Spoerri, Product & Furniture Design, De Montfort University: ‘Light therapy face mask’ that counteracts the effects of jet lag.

Dom Tindale, Design for Industry, Northumbria University:  ‘Skin Watch’, a wristband that reminds travellers to reapply sun cream to prevent sun burn.
The students are currently refining their products, taking into account guidance from the judges, to present them at the final selection day on May 19.  The overall winner will be decided and the result announced at a ceremony in London on June 30.

Chairman of the judges, Richard Brown, managing director of RJG Technologies Ltd, said:  “We were most impressed with both the inventiveness and creativity of the finalists as well as the approach they took.  It made judging challenging but ultimately very satisfying. Nevertheless, it was a pity that some designs could not be considered, either because of a failure to adhere to the brief or a lack of originality".

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