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Design Show 2012


  • 1992

    BU achieves University status and the first ever show is held.

  • 1993

    Andrew Dunstall is one of the Design Council's Engineering Design Prize winners, and Philip Brewster wins the Design Council CNAA Sir Denis Rooke Award for his talking microwave for the visually impaired.

  • 1994

    The first Product Design graduates take the show by storm.

  • 1995

    Where are they now?

  • 1996

    Kamran Tabeshfar

  • 1997

    Bryce Dyer's (Class of 1997) current research into prosthetic technology has been commended at the House of Commons.

  • 1998

    Product Design Visualisation student Tom Lawton's Final Project 'The WakeYoo alarm clock' is spotted at the show by a visiting Japanese company who take it into product development and mass production. Trevor Baylis is guest speaker.

  • 1999

    The end of an era....

  • 2000

  • 2001

    Graduate Philip Robinson commercialises his biologic bicycle pump.

  • 2002

    Where are they now?

  • 2003

    Caught on camera!

  • 2004

    Franziska Conrad creates the world's first pop-up tent.

  • 2005

    Loftus Hall (Product Design) wins the prestigious Dyson Prize.

  • 2006

    2 students win IED prize; Professor John Vinney (class of '86; 1st Class degree in Mechanical Engineering) is appointed Dean of the School of Design Engineering & Computing.

  • 2007

    BBC Dragons Den scouts spotted at the Festival.

  • 2008

    Industrial Designers at play!

  • 2009

    The President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, Baron Phillips of Worth Matravers, is caught leaving the campus on a bicycle with a biologic pump designed by Phil Robinson (Class of 2001).

  • 2010

    Festival opened by Sir Ian Callum, Director of Design at Jaguar and Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Designers - great excitement as new and vintage jags are parked at BU's main entrance for the show.

  • 2011

    Steve Green's life-saving design helped him win a 'Best Student' prize at the Festival of Design & Innovation – and also saw him take home the Virgin Atlantic Price for Product Design at the 2011 New Designers exhibition.