The future looks bright for two LSBU design winners
16 May 2014
A scooter that folds into a square the size of a piece of A4 paper
and a guitar stand which incorporates an amplifier came first and runner-up respectively
in ALFED's Power of Aluminium Awards.
The scooter which clinched first prize was the brainchild of
George Mabey, 22, a final year Engineering Product Design
student. Runner-up was Product Design student Benjamin Hunt, 19, with his 'busking stand' guitar amp. Both collected their prizes at a
ceremony at the Houses of Parliament earlier this week.
Both products exploit aluminium extrusions – solid aluminium that
has been heated to a high temperature and pushed through a precision die. The
scooter works by linking extruded parts of aluminium with a tensioning cable
which, when tightened, pulls the sections together in a rigid structure that
can support the weight of an adult.
The guitar stand, meanwhile, works on ergonomic design principles
providing guitarists with an amplifier that is "ideal for both hobbyists and
professionals." It can be carried by hand and offers its user an opportunity to
perform to small audiences or play with high sound quality outside of the
George Mabey, won £1,000
along with first-prize trophy. He said: "I was amazed at winning such a
brilliant competition which I was proud to take part in as part of my final
project here at London South Bank University. Having my work acknowledged at
the awards ceremony and recognised by the industry is the icing on the cake and
a great way to finish my time at University."
Ben Hunt, who turned his love of the guitar into the university
project, said: "I'm overwhelmed at my win and having my design acknowledged by
ALFED. I've never won a competition like that and the really great feedback
I've received confirms that product design is the right career choice for me.
It was great getting to meet so many people in the industry at the awards
ceremony, getting my name known and ultimately a brilliant way to top off my
first year at University."
Simon MacVicker, President of ALFED, said: "This year's awards have really
demonstrated the immense talent that exists out there amongst our young people,
who in many cases are working close to professional design standards – the
creativity is outstanding."
Robin Jones, Principal Lecturer
in the Department of Engineering and Design at London South Bank University
"We are delighted that our
students have won such prestigious awards in this national aluminium extrusion
design competition. His folding A4 scooter design has now been patented and he
is working on a fully-functioning prototype for exhibition in June. Ben
is a first year BSc PD student and his guitar stand with integrated amplifier
is an innovative concept aimed at a specific market segment.
"Both projects display the high
professional design standards which are be expected by prospective employers.
Here at LSBU we're immensely proud that our students have such incredible
talent and will undoubtedly have a great future in design ahead of them."