Product Design Students Design Innovation in Plastics Finalists

12 May, 2020

Two Product Design students at TU Dublin, Ellen Dack and Hannah Dempsey have reached the final of the 2020 Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) competition.

With a focus on ‘Improving lifestyle and saving resources’, this year’s theme challenged the students to come up with a brand new product which would enhance life in a city environment, for use in a flat or commuting. 

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, the panel of renowned industry judges critiqued over 100 entries via video conference to choose their final six. Chairman of judges, Richard Brown, commented: “The six finalists’ entries offered a diverse range of solutions to challenges such as pollution, how to stay fit - particularly in confined spaces - and how to make the best use of that space.  They showed a good grasp of the brief, and the overall creativity of these six solutions is excellent. A good number of entries displayed how they generated and developed their ideas, which is a key area to help the judges understand the journey from concept to product.” 

TU Dublin Finalists 

Hannah Dempsey – Third Year, Product Design Student 

Workspace – a personal ‘desk’ for students, which promotes better posture while being capable of being used in a variety of confined spaces.

Ellen Dack –  Third Year, Product Design Student 

Complanter – an easy to use composting unit ideal for people living in confined spaces and which also functions as a planter for herbs.

The winners of the competition will be announced after the final judging takes place on May, 29th,