LSBU design graduate George Mabey named ‘One to Watch’
18 August 2014
This year, the Design Council celebrates its 70th
birthday and to mark the occasion, they are running a campaign titled 'Ones to
Watch', targeted at future talented up-and-coming designers.
The project will follow the progress of 70 graduates who represent
the future of British design - which the judges will be scouting for throughout
the next few months.
Malcolm Garrett RDI – the influential British graphic designer who
created the iconic artwork for bands like Buzzcocks, Magazine, Simple Minds,
Duran Duran and Peter Gabriel – was asked by the Design Council to choose five
graduates for the "One to Watch" list.
Malcolm chose recent LSBU graduate, George Mabey after seeing his
innovative design for a scooter that folds down to the size of an A4 piece of
paper at the recent New Designers showcase.
"Being picked as a 'One to Watch'
was a real honour," says George. It makes all the hard work feel worth it and
having your product acknowledged by the Design Council is about as good as it
gets.Seeing people's reactions when the scooter goes
from a small package of unassuming aluminium to a fully rideable scooter within
ten seconds never gets boring."
Malcolm said: "George Mabey's A4 Scooter is one
of those ideas that spring from the most unlikely of places. Taking inspiration
from a simple child's toy, the designer has produced an 'impossible'
engineering solution to a problem no-one had previously thought to consider. It
is simply ingenious. It's not that the world needs a scooter that will roll up
to the size of an A4 box, but the fact that this was made possible suggests the
kind of mind that could achieve great things when tackling unforeseeable
problems in other unlikely situations.
Dr Deborah Andrews, course director of BSc
Product Design said:
is a fantastic, innovative designer who always tackles design problems with
enthusiasm and has a real understanding of form and function as well as
worked incredibly hard during his Engineering Product Design course and he
really deserves this recognition; we all wish him well in his future career."