DIT Product Design Student comes highly commended in prestigious design competition

04 July 2014:       DIT Product Design Student, Stephen Vaughey, has won a Highly Commended prize in the prestigious Design Innovation in Plastics Award at a ceremony in London last Friday . 

Stephen was selected for the award from over 150 entries from universities across the UK and Ireland.

Established in 1985, Design Innovation in Plastics is the longest running student plastics design award in Europe. Organised and sponsored by Bayer MaterialScience, The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) and the Worshipful Company of Horners, Design Innovation in Plastics is supported by market leaders in the fields of design and innovation. This year’s competition brief was to design an educational product in plastics that stimulates divergent thinking and creativity.  It had to be original, functional and innovative, and above all, provide an engaging playful experience. Consideration had also been given to the target market, including age, and likely reasons for using the product.


Stephen’s winning design was ‘Creator’, a modular armature kit aimed at children aged six and over. It develops fine motor skills, creativity and problem solving by changing the way Plasticine is currently played with. It is comprised of six parts that can be assembled through either an interference fit or a ball and socket style snap-fit allowing assemblies of various combinations to form fully pose-able armatures which can be covered with Plasticine (or a similar material). Shapes to be produced that could not support themselves if made wholly from Plasticine and the connection allows freedom of rotation so the assembled components are fully pose-able.

Speaking at the Awards Ceremony, industry expert Richard Northcote, Chief Sustainability Officer, Bayer MaterialScience, said: “ I’m hugely impressed with the standard of entries and congratulate each and every student for their interpretation of the brief and their careful choice of material selection.” Stephen won  a cash prize and a valuable placement with the award winning industrial design agency Brightworks, Somerset.

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