Message in a Bottle

DSC_0013rtWell, the message was obviously really clear because three LVI Product Design students have won prizes in a national design competition.

What makes Britain “Great”?  Can you design a “Brexit” bottle?  That was the starting point for a design challenge undertaken recently by the LVI Product Design students.  The brief was set as part of the Schools Starpack Awards.  The competition, established in 1964, challenges students from a wide range of courses to submit solutions to problems set by leading packaging companies.

They had to design and produce a 500ml bottle that reflects the ‘Great’ in Great Britain. This new bottle shape should represent an aspect of the UK that is recognisable and have features that would be a ‘must have’ for memorabilia collectors.

To begin with pupils looked at iconic bottle designs and researched what might be instantly recognisable aspects of the UK.  Having sketched out and developed some initial ideas, next came the hard part.  Creating a 3D CAD model using Solidworks.  After much lofting, revolving and shelling (technical CAD stuff!) the designs were ready to be 3D printed.  With final designs tweaked and reprinted, the presentation boards and models were packaged up and sent for judging.

When the results came in we had three winners.  Shizuka (LVIJ) won silver for her take on Big Ben as a bottle design. Eleni (LVIC) won gold, and overall winner of the bottle brief, with her Anne Boleyn bottle, a great local link with Hampton Court.  The judges described this as an “iconic, very British design with real world potential, and themed approach”.  Our third winner, Ellen (LVIE), was judged as overall Best in Show for Schools, with her phone box design, described as a “great fun design taken beyond the obvious”.

So congratulations to our students for all their hard work which has been deservedly rewarded.  We now look forward to our Logoplaste factory visit to see their innovative “through the wall” manufacturing system for plastic bottles.

Mr Smeaton – Teacher of D&T Product Design

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