GCE Product Design


Congratulations to all of the 8 students in GCE Product Design this year for being a brilliant group and keeping motivated throughout lockdown. Myself and Richard have enjoyed teaching, supporting and spending time with you over the last two years.  You have taken the timetable changes in your stride and made the most of online learning sessions. All of the students have produced a wide range of creative and innovative design solutions to user-centred problems working with real life clients. I want to give special thanks to Darren Roberts and his talented welding students for technical assistance with 2 of the projects. Also big thanks to Horace Dennis and Simon Morris for feedback on the design concept for an extension to Dudley Sixth. We wish all of you the best at university and in your chosen careers.

Adrian Eynon, GCE Product Design Tutor

Amman Ahmed

Outdoor Educational Space

Amman decided to look at how he could design an outdoor educational space as an extension to Dudley Sixth Form that could be used as a multi-purpose environment for education and relaxation. He carried out thorough investigation and gained useful advice from Horace and other members of Sixth form staff to guide his thoughts. 

The architectural concept was designed for a specific site by the side of Priory Villa in front of the Sixth Form block. The prototype model was built to 1:100th scale using a range of relevant materials to represent the actual building. This is an outstanding project and Amman has worked exceptionally well to create very high standard CWK and finished prototype model. Well done! 

Joshua Rollinson-Dainty

Security Rucksack to Deter Theft

Joshua identified a need to improve the design of ruck-sacks as there is a high level of theft suggesting that current designs are not designed with security in mind. He investigated existing products, carried out tests which led to design sketches and small scale model-making. He made some excellent small scale detailed models and a 1: 5 final prototype from foam board.

What is impressive is that Joshua decided to make the full-size version from similar materials as may be used in a commercial version. He worked carefully to produce detailed moulds to vacuum form for the sides. The completed model reflects his high level of attention to detail and the end product is excellent. Well done!

Oliver Gilkes

Micro-Space for Urban Living

Olivedecided to investigate modern solutions to urban living. He researched into the area and saw how the cost of living had increased and there is a trend to live in smaller spaces. This led him to look at designing this efficient and stylish interior. The aesthetic style is based on minimalist and modernist design and architecture influenced by Japanese interiors. 

His brother, a University student acted as the user/client for feedback for evaluation. Oliver worked on a 1:10 scale to produce a realistic model using relevant materials and processes. Many of the components were laser-cut and other parts were made by hand with great skill. The final model is of a very high standard and combined with the CAD modelling represent an outstanding project. Well done!

Alex Harris

Micro-sleep Devices and Detection System

Alex has tackled the serious issue of Micro-sleep. This is when drivers can drift off, become unconscious behind the wheel, potentially resulting in serious or sometimes fatal accidents. He identified this design problem in a 1st year project and decided to extend it into a much more detailed investigation.

This year he created two devices including a smart wristwatch and a dashboard mounted camera-sensorwhich he has modelled full scale and also made a carry bag to contain these as a finished product. During the research Alex realised he also wanted to make the products more customisable and based his designs on the style of Memphis with bright colours and patterns. This is a good project which has tried to tackle a serious challenge, creating aesthetically pleasing products. Well done!

Abi Holl

Bakery Storage and Display Stand

Abi is a keen amateur baker who runs her own successful cake making business. She identified a need to design an improved bakery storage unit for equipment and also included a display stand for her decorated cakes.

She has created a design that combines form and function based on the shape of the stylised petals of a flower. The storage unit holds equipment effectively and is also a very aesthetically pleasing focal point for a kitchen or market stand.

This is an outstanding project both in CWK and the standard of the end product and should be well used by Abi in years to come. Well done!

Owen Robertson

Multi-Sensory Rainbow Arch

Owen originally intended to design this for the Birmingham Children Hospital, but die to COVID restrictions was unable to gain feedback, Instead we contacted Aspire Dudley and gained useful feedback from staff. Once it is safe we will be giving the finished multi-sensory Rainbow Arch to a hospital.

The product has been made full-size and is fully functioning. It is fabricated from steel and was assisted by staff and students at Advance 2. Many thanks to you!  This project is an excellent result considering the challenge of designing without the necessary client feedback. Owen has stayed motivated and completed a very good CWK project with a good final prototype. Well done!

Nuria Rowley

Over-Bed Desk for Bed-ridden Client

Nuria designed her over-bed desk for her own grand-father as she had seen design faults in the existing product they owned. In simple terms the existing desk was ugly, over-engineered and not fit for purpose.

Throughout the project she gained good client research and has created innovative designs leading to an aesthetically pleasing product. Without much modification this could be sold commercially and is an outstanding working prototype. Well done!

Many thanks to the staff and students in Advance 2 who assisted with production.

Caitlin Siviter

Post-COVID Desk for Home-working

Caitlin recognised that over lockdown it was quite difficult to find space to work from home and saw the opportunity to design a compact multi-use work desk for a home-working office. This is an exception piece of design work both in CWK and the end practical project. She carried out detailed initial research with a real client, which led to outstanding design sketches and development.

The final model is made full-size and fully-functioning including a laser-cut storage system and a vacuum formed tray insert for equipment. What has impressed most is that Caitlin has worked for the main independently with minimum support. Well done!