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Hung up on Design Innovation in Plastics

A personal bag hook has won the Design Innovation in Plastics Award, a competition co-organised by IOM3 and the Worshipful Company of Horners. The winner’s ceremony was held on 29 June at IOM3’s London headquarters.

Students were challenged to design a product or system related to security using polymers and high performance plastics as the predominant materials. Sara Bellini of Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London, UK, took first place for her Keepsafe Personal Bag Accessory. The bag hook promotes theft awareness by providing a suction cap, activated by pulling the tail of the device, to secure bags to tables and chairs in public places. Richard Brown, Chair of the judging panel said, ‘[Bellini] had interpreted the judges’ guidance, covering all aspects of the competition brief.’ She received £1,000 and a placement with Bayer AG of Germany, as well as £500 for her College.

Taking second place was Daniel Biddle from the University of Huddersfield, UK. His Roof Angel offers a flashing replacement for the standard warning triangle. He won £500 and the opportunity to work with PDD, Europe’s leading product innovation consultancy.

The Arm Cast secured Carl Needham of Northumbria University, UK, third place and £250. The product is breathable, waterproof and less cumbersome than traditional plaster casts. Needham also received a placement with DuPont Engineering Polymers, Geneva, a global leader in engineering polymers.

All from students at Northumbria University, the highly commended entries were –
  • The Samurai Cricket Helmet by Scott Hudson. This visor is full-faced, vented and impact-resistant.
  • B-Alert DVT Prevention Aid by Andrew Rudd. The flexible strap vibrates to alert wearers when they are too inactive, to decrease the risk of deep vein thrombosis.
  • Car Park Security Unit by Jez Jewkes. This flat-pack security unit can be used in car packs, on building sites and at music festivals.
For further information, visit the Awards home page.

Date Posted: 26 July 2007

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