NEWcastle Products Industrial Design Exhibition
Newcastle could soon become a centre for innovation, according to one of the University's up-and-coming industrial designers.
"There is a growing base of design in Newcastle," says graduating Bachelor of Industrial Design student David Powers. "It is exciting to showcase that."
David is talking about the NEWcastle Products Industrial Design Exhibition, to be held at Newcastle Museum this month. The exhibition will showcase the work of the University's Industrial Design students. Students in the program do three years of TAFE study, before obtaining a degree after one year at university.
There will be a diverse variety of new products on display. David, for instance, has created an innovative compact skateboard.
Recognising the increasing popularity of skateboarding in the Hunter and across the globe, David decided to design a long board that could fold in two. David's son, who was refused access to a bus because his long skateboard wouldn't fit in a backpack, originally inspired his design.
Given that many new and older skaters enjoy cruising on more stable, longer boards, he feels his design is a winner - unlike past similar designs, it retains the flexibility and feel of a normal board.
Fellow student Jonathan Fenwick has made a jar opener targeted at people with arthritis, or indeed anyone who has trouble opening stubborn jars.
David and Jonathan encourage all students, community members and industry professionals to check out the exhibition.
"It will give people a better understanding of what industrial design is," Jonathan said.
The exhibition is open to the public. Entry is free.
WHEN: November 20 to 25, 10am to 5.30pm.
Public Opening Night: Monday November 19 at 7pm.
Industry Evening: November 21 from 5.30pm.
Industry representatives can register online for the industry evening.
WHERE: Newcastle Museum Link Gallery