Amex show for University of Sussex student product designs

Bee Educated by Paul Nestoruk

Bev disposable drinks server by Dorota Biniecka

Operating table aid by Matt Cousins

Lifesaving and life-enhancing designs by University of Sussex final-year students go on display this month in the Product Design Degree Show at the Amex Stadium.

The exhibition will launch on the University campus, where visiting Year 10 school pupils from the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy will have a chance to learn firsthand about studying design at University and to meet the student designers.

The show then transfers to the Amex Stadium – home to Brighton and Hove Albion FC – for a four-day exhibition, free and open to the public, from Wednesday 6 June. Visitors will be able to view prototypes and designs and talk to the creators.

Exhibit designs include: 

  • Bee educated: An interactional education toy that teaches children in the classroom or the home about the importance of bees to our environment. Designer, Paul Nestoruk, has already landed a job in the design team at car manufacturers Jaguar;
  • Bev disposable drinks dispenser: Inspired by wine box technology and origami, Dorota Biniecka’s neat design offers a way of serving hot and cold beverages at meetings and functions. Includes origami-inspired collapsible cups, stirrers etc the project was undertaken in conjunction with catering manufacturer Mitchell & Cooper;
  • Operating table mobility aid: A device designed by Matt Cousins for a British medical manufacturer  to help with the lifting of heavier patients on to its mobile operating tables;
  • Aftermarket Hybrid Electric Vehicle Kit: A set of components to turn any standard internal combustion engine car into an electric hybrid with minimal intrusion for short day-to-day journeys using a simple dashboard-mounted switch, designed by Michael Hollins.
  • Allergen Biosensor and Adrenaline Auto-Injector: Damian Holland’s girlfriend’s near-fatal nut allergy reaction while on holiday led to his lifesaving product design. The Biosensor detects tiny amounts of allergens in food while the adrenaline auto-injector offers an improved design to ensure swift treatment. 
  • The Myers Extension Mechanism – Artificial limb modification for amputees:  Aims to help users climb inclines and stairs and reduce muscle fatigue by replacing some of the functionality of the severed muscles with a flexible composite member. It is primarily intended for use in Afghanistan where there is a high incidence of traumatic amputations.
  • The Voob – a musical instrument for young deaf-blind community: This ring-shaped sensory product designed by Chloe Harwood for the classroom incorporates coloured lights, vibrations, sound and Braille-marked buttons. It offers independence and a creative outlet and an aid to developing communication and cognitive skills of the deaf-blind user

Previous graduating students that have exhibited at the degree show have gone on to work for companies such as BOC and 20th Century Fox.

Course Leader Diane Simpson-Little says: “The products and services that this year’s graduates display encompass outstanding competence in research, critical analysis, design engineering, brand development and human-centred design, along with explorations into culture, psychology, ergonomics, art, science and commerce. Our degree show provides an unrivalled opportunity to see not only the talent of our students but also, the work of tomorrow’s leading designers.”


Notes for Editors

Product Design degree show

For full details of all exhibits and the designers, visit the Product Design Degree Show web site

Every year, Product Design students put together a degree show exhibiting their final-year projects to the public, including prototypes, posters, sketchbooks – and a chance to chat to the young inventors themselves.

The show is open to the public on campus in the University’s Creativity Zone on Wednesday 30.

On May 31, students will be on hand to talk about their work to pupils from the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy.

Amex Stadium at Falmer show dates and times

Wednesday 6 June (2pm - 5pm); Thursday 7 June (9am-5pm); Friday 8 June (9am- 5pm, with private view 6pm-9pm); Saturday 9 June (9am - 4.30pm).

How to get to the Amex Stadium

The students will then exhibit in Islington, London at the New Designers (see Designers Part 2) show for graduate designers, from Thursday 5 July to Saturday 7 July.

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Last updated: Friday, 25 May 2012