INNOVATIVE students from Huddersfield have made the final of a top European design competition.
University of Huddersfield students Chris Hyde and James Whitfield are two of just six product design students to make the Design Innovation in Plastics 2011 award, run by the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining.
The competition challenges students to create an innovative product that addresses the concerns of day-to-day life while bringing fun and pleasure back into the lives of users.
It was entered by 76 students from 19 universities across the UK.
James entered the competition with the ‘Paint Stream’, a waste-reducing paint tray which dispenses paint from a bag rather than a tin.
The design evolved after James’ research revealed that a significant amount of the waste in a tin of paint is actually the tin itself.
He developed a more environmentally friendly way of packaging paint by putting it in a bag and designing a device to dispense it.
Fellow Huddersfield graduate Chris created a dual-function teaching chair named the Sky Rise, a low and wide teaching chair which allows teachers to interact more effectively with primary school children.
The chair’s second function allows it to be flipped to become a step stool, alleviating the temptation for teachers to stand on chairs and tables to decorate the walls of their classrooms.
Product design subject leader, Chris Howard, said: “The competition is one of the most prestigious for product design students.
“Our students have been shortlisted because they have made fantastic new idea proposals based on current real problems and have turned those proposals into feasible market-ready products.
“In the face of competition from many of our closest rivals, to get two out of six finalists is obviously very rewarding.”
The finalists were all at the London office of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining on Thursday May 26 where they presented their entries to the judging panel in person.
The panel is set to announce its decisions on Friday July 1.
The winner will receive £1,000 along with a work placement at Bayer MaterialScience, one of the world’s largest producers of polymers and high-performance plastics.