Winning Designer Awarded £5k for Product Design

The competition ‘If Only It Worked’, was run by Bath Research and Development in the University of Bath – the main prize was awarded to Simon Lyons from Loughborough University for a simple but effective cutting device.

Simon Lyon winner of ifonly Design competition for Accessible Design

Simon Lyon winner of ifonly Design competition for Accessible Design

Students from higher education institutions in the UK were asked to view videos uploaded to the IfOnlyApp YouTube channel where elderly or disabled people had demonstrated the difficulties they experience in day to day activities, and then to come up with unique designs to address these usability issues. Entries were judged on the criteria of universal design, cost, usability and innovation.

Five Finalists of ifOnly Design Competition by the University of Bath

Five Finalists of ifOnly Design Competition by the University of Bath

Competition judges Chris Eccleston, Chris Ramsden, Nigel Harris, Richard Oldale and Martin Fortune noted: “The five finalist competition entries for a number of reasons: not only would the use of the proposed product reduce the impact of long term conditions, but the ideas were innovative and inspiring. Also, the aesthetical side of the proposed designs were very-well thought out”.

 

 

Judges for ifOnly Competition for Accessible Design by the University of Bath

Judges for ifOnly Competition for Accessible Design by the University of Bath

Lisa Austin, Manager of Bath Research and Development at the University of Bath said “We are extremely proud of the finalist achievement in this competition against some very high calibre entries. We are very grateful to the judges in helping choose the winning entry by Simon Lyons, which is a simple but effective cutting device. Martin Fortune was especially helpful in providing a user perspective for the proposed products.

The five finalists were recognised at the UX User Experience Conference, which took place in Hilton Bath City Hotel on 10th May. The aim of this event is to illustrate how user experience can guide the future of product design. The attendees of the conference were also be able to meet expert guest speakers – Patrick Jordan , the author of the book “Designing Pleasurable Products”, Dr Arlene Astell, Professor of Assistive Technology & Healthcare from the University of Sheffield  as well as Professor Chris Eccleston (Director of the Centre for Pain Research)  and enterprise expert Graham Fisher from the University of Bath .

The event was supported by KT Equal , a consortium of UK researchers dedicated to extending quality of life for older and disabled people; Bath Research and Development ; and ALAN (Assisted Living Action Network) .