Craig Foster, Furniture Design graduate from Nottingham Trent University and BDC New Designer of the year, has created an extremely useful collection of home desk lamps. With inspiration from the standard desk lamp, Craig researched the various component parts that make up the lamp and studied in depth how to reduce down each individual component, using less materials and making it more user-friendly.
Craig’s main idea however is to make the lamp recyclable with materials such as cork, silicone and steel, so that after it becomes unusable, it can be reused and made into new products, as a rejection against our throwaway society. Craig has made the lamp user-friendly by designing it to be flat packed and assembled by the consumer.
Eammon Martin, a Visual Communications graduate from Swindon College of Art and runner up of New Designer of the Year Award, showcases his project called Dream Snapshots. Eammon was inspired by the history of painters, illustrators and graphic artists who explored the world of dreams. His research behind why we sleep and the meanings behind dreams and analysis of his own dreams was his starting point.
Eammon’s aim is to compile a visual journal of dreams; universally shared and recurring. He hopes to incorporate scientific theories, electrical patterns, psychology experiments and research methods. His intention with this outstanding project was to test the limits of the creative process within graphic design and provide a brief glimpse into his dream experiences.