Sussex student tackles tube train redesign

Product Design student Dan Headon’s redesigned tube-train interior could help to improve the experience of travelling on the London Underground

University of Sussex design student Dan Headden's redesigned tube-train interior could help to improve the experience of travelling on the London Underground.

Dan's redesign tackles issues such as: user personal space; ease of boarding/alighting; travelling with luggage, children and wheelchairs; litter; ease of cleaning/maintenance; minimising the threat of terrorist activity and resistance to vandalism.

The new tube train interior will be revealed along side twenty-two other projects at the University of Sussex Product Design students' degree show 'Innovate 2010' on the 16th to 19th June at the InQbate Creativity Zone, located on the University of Sussex campus in Falmer.

Launching the annual event will be celebrity TV design guru Oliver Heath of Oliver Heath Designs in Brighton. Oliver was asked to be the keynote speaker after working with the students for ITV's Tonight show on 'Throw Away Future', part of its 'Living For Free' series. The Sussex students helped Oliver renovate a Brighton family's home with other people's discarded furniture.

Oliver said: "I'm honored to have been asked to open and present a keynote speech at the opening of the University of Sussex Product Design show.

"I was lucky enough to receive help and support from the Product Design students last year whilst working on the Throw Away Future show. The final result was a great success and went to prove that using creativity and design can help to solve many of the environmental issues that we currently face. I was delighted with the students' energy, enthusiasm and ingenuity - we certainly couldn't have done it without them.

"Product design plays a critical role in helping our communities both local and global in improving the way that we live - making interaction with the environment around us better, cleaner, easier, and less impactful - in short, more sustainable. I look forward to seeing the end of year projects and meeting up with the students again."

Also showing his work will be Stefan Arundel creator of the DPA/dive personal assistant, a new device for safer diving and Simon Baillie who has designed electricity-generating road ribs that harness the power of passing traffic to generate electricity for street lights and electric car-charging stations.

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Group shot: L-R: Simon Baillie, Dan Headon, Tom Spencer, Stefan Arundel

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Last updated: Monday, 14 June 2010