Bachelor of Industrial Design


Michael WildsMichael Wilds with his winning tap design

In 2015, Bachelor of Industrial Design graduate Michael Wilds received a national Bathroom Innovation Award (BIA) for his sustainable tap design.

Michael was the winner of the professional category, receiving a $10,000 cash reward and the opportunity to have his tap design prototyped by Italy's largest tapware manufacturer, Nobilli. His winning design, the Incline, combines sustainable water-use features and a refined sculptural form to create a functional tap.

"The main idea behind Incline was to design a sculptural yet functional product for the bathroom, a talking piece that aimed to promote sustainable water use," said Michael.

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David PowersDavid Powers

Blending creativity and practicality, graduate David designed a folding skateboard for his major design project. David's son, who was refused access to a bus because his long skateboard wouldn't fit in a backpack, originally inspired his design. Recognising just how popular skateboarding has become in the Hunter and across the globe, David decided to design a board that could fold in two. 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.

Armed with the appropriate skills for the industry, since graduation David has set himself up as a freelance industrial designer consultant on a diverse range of projects for a variety of companies.

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