UniSA’s damn fine student designers

A medical mannequin that simulates medical conditions, the latest design in eyewear and a bin that motivates people to recycle paper coffee cups are among clever innovative solutions developed by final year UniSA Industrial Design students on show at the 2014 Smallacombe Damn Fine Design exhibition.

The exhibition showcases the work of graduating students from UniSA’s Master of Design (Industrial Design) and Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) programs.

The medical training mannequin developed by Sandy Walker and Nirmal Menon in collaboration with UniSA’s Advanced Computing Research Centre.The medical training mannequin developed by Sandy Walker and Nirmal Menon in collaboration with UniSA’s Advanced Computing Research Centre, uses spatial augmented reality technology to simulate medical conditions that change over time. It will help medical students learn to diagnose conditions and treat them.

Student Patrick Shepheard’s eye-catching eyewear creations, also on show, will be taken through to manufacture by health insurer Health Partners.

Student April Ritter has designed a system to encourage consumers to bring paper coffee cups back to their favourite coffee shop. It includes a bin which crushes paper coffee cups into a compact shape that’s economic to handle. It’s part of an incentive system coffee shops might use to encourage people to return waxed cups and keep them out of landfill.

Point-of-sale mag wheel display developed by Sandy Walker and Kieren Smith, in collaboration with SA firm Mullins Wheels (CSA Alloy Wheels). A design to appeal to motor enthusiasts is a point-of-sale mag wheel display developed by Sandy Walker and Kieren Smith, in collaboration with SA firm Mullins Wheels (CSA Alloy Wheels). It shows multiple images of a company’s wheels and animates them so that the user can see the whole range and see them dynamically, as if on a vehicle.

Lecturer in Industrial Design, Sandy Walker, says design is the humanising of technology, to develop innovative solutions for real problems.

“This exhibition is an opportunity for our final year Industrial Design students to use all the learning they have acquired in their program to solve real problems for real clients and, in many cases valuable intellectual property has been realised by undertaking these projects,” Walker says.

“It’s another way we work with industry to provide the very best in preparation for our students and support the development of high quality advanced manufacturing in the country.”

The exhibition, launched by the State Minister for Manufacturing Susan Close and Hills Industries Head of Operations and Government, Colin Taylor, opens on December 12 at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery.

The university is grateful for the support of the following sponsors of the exhibition: The Government of South Australia: Department of State Development,  Hills Industries, Exhibition Studios, Intercad, ITEK, Fox Creek Wines, Design Institute of South Australia, Four X,  Alexander Symonds and Greenhill Wines.

Media contact: Michèle Nardelli office: +61 8 8302 0966 mobile: 0418 823 673 email: Michele.nardelli@unisa.edu.au

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