New Designers is annual event where 3,000 of the most promising graduate
talents from Britain’s leading design courses exhibit.
Bryn’s work was showcased alongside the best students from the LSBU BSc (Hons) Product Design course. Bryn was awarded with the ‘New Designers Innovate - Helping Inventors Design’ award, receiving a £750 cash prize and a work placement with Innovate
idea for Bryn’s SeatLocky design was initially spurred as a solution to stop
the problem of his bike being stolen. Bryn explains, “On three occasions over
the last two years, someone has stolen either my seat or my bike. I wanted to
build a locking system that would fit into the actual frame of the bicycle, not
only as a solution to carrying around a clunky D lock, but as a solution to
stop people stealing my bike.”
Dr Deborah Andrews, Associate Professor
of Design in the School of Engineering at LSBU said, “I am delighted
that Bryn’s well thought-out integrated bike lock was so well received by the
judges. His design represents the emphasis our engineering product design
course places on a holistic approach, design, thinking and creativity
to ensure that solutions are resourceful and innovative.”
Bryn will shortly begin his
placement with Innovative Product Design and his next goal is to get the
SeatLocky patent protected.
Bryn said, “Winning this award means a
lot, I’ve put so much hard work into my SeatLocky design but didn’t expect for
it to take off. This placement will be completely new territory for me and I’m
really looking forward to being involved in the commercial side of designing a
product that’s going to be mass-manufactured.”
The LSBU projects on show demonstrated the creativity and
ingenuity of the final year students. As
well as Bryn’s SeatLocky, LSBU student designs included modular bicycles, sound
cancelling panels for indoor gardens and sensor-based musical instruments.
“This experience has been fantastic for all of our talented
final-year students and we’re very proud that they’ve been recognised for their
hard work. New Designers is the UK's
leading graduate design exhibition and a unique opportunity for our students to
meet internationally renowned design professionals and see what it takes to be
part of the workforce,” said Dr Andrews.
The LSBU exhibit picked up a number of awards including Absolut
Vodka 'top things to see’, Materials KTN pick of New Designers as well as two
students interviewed for the Winnovate award.