BU student in pole position for Formula 1 trophy competition


A BU student – and Formula 1 fanatic – is in the running to have a trophy he designed handed out to the winning drivers of the British and German Grand Prix.

Second year BA (Hons) Industrial Design student Chris Bryan is currently in the top 10 of the Santander Challenge, which has attracted hundreds of entries from students around the world.

The competition, set by Banco Santander through its Santander Universities Global Division, challenged students to design the official Formula 1 trophy which will be presented to the British and German F1 Grand Prix winners.

It will be decided by a public vote – with the top ten most popular entries going through to be judged by Santander, who will choose the winning design.

Chris has so far received more than 12,950 votes for his design – which features the Santander flame logo coming out of the back of the trophy.

“I wanted to make the trophy tall, so that it was something to hold and be a bit of a striking statement,” he said.

“I had the idea to have the flames rising out of the back of the trophy, so it was a bit more noticeable. From the side, it looks like a phoenix.”

He added: “The support that I’ve had from friends and family has been amazing – my parents have been getting their work colleagues to vote and I’ve even had complete strangers commenting on my design and sharing it with their friends.

“The competition has hundreds of entries from around the world, so getting into the top 10 would be amazing. It has shot up so quickly, I really want to win now.”

Prizes for the student who creates the winning design also include a replica of their trophy and a trip for two to the British Grand Prix, including grandstand tickets.

Chris, 20, is from Woking in Surrey – the home of McLaren – and is a self-confessed Formula 1 fanatic.

For the past seven years I have just been obsessed,” he said.

“When the F1 races are televised my life comes to a complete standstill as I watch every detail.”

He added: “It would be amazing for someone to hold up my trophy and then for me to get a replica.

“I’m a massive Formula 1 fan and I have always enjoyed design, ever since I was a little boy playing with my toys.

“These two things coming together would mean so much and make me so happy – especially in terms of making me stand out in my career.”

People can vote for entries in the Santander Challenge until May 14.

See Chris’ design and vote

Ideas of tomorrow displayed at Festival of Design and Innovation


A cake icing pen, a computer game controlled by brain power and a glamping pod were just some of the ground-breaking ideas and inventions on display at this year’s Festival of Design and Innovation (FODI).

The annual showcase of work by final year design and creative technology students at Bournemouth University ran for three days and was open to the public and industry, as well as pupils from schools and colleges who took part in special workshops.

More than 170 students from across courses including Product Design, Music and Audio Technology and Design Visualisation, showcased their designs, models and prototypes.

Among the work on show was a musical air hockey device, a lifting aid to transport heavy goods like washing machines easily and safely and an app to help school children learn their times tables.

Product Design student Coco Canessa has developed a precision cake icing dispenser, which is used like like a pen to prevent mess and waste while icing cakes.

“The idea initially was to relieve the pain and fatigue that people have to go through when they are doing it professionally.

“The more tired the arm gets, the less precise you are and the less control you have,” said Coco.

“Using this, you don’t have to get messy and the pressure is applied for you.”

Coco won the award for Most Commercially Innovative Product at the launch of FODI, where awards were given to students from each of the courses who have excelled.

“It felt brilliant to win the award – I was absolutely stunned and I’m so proud,” she said, adding that she had enjoyed exhibiting her work at FODI.

“It’s been great – lots of people have been asking for samples, and you learn what it’s like to present yourself and communicate your product.”

BA (Hons) Industrial Design student Maria Camila Fontalvo Delgado designed a glamping pod – a portable pod for people who want a luxury camping experience.

Maria who is from Columbia, has now been invited to display her idea at New Designers 2013, a London-based exhibition for emerging design talent.

“After lots of research I realised that glamping has been something that’s grown dramatically, but they still use the same types of accommodation, like tents and caravans,” said Maria.

“I wanted something that was very powerful visually so I made it like the metamorphosis of a butterfly, and it’s got a cooler, a sofa and a suspended hammock.

“I’ve had lots of interest and people saying they think it’s a real cool project.”

FODI is now in its 21st year, and attracted more than 1,000 visitors, including industry representatives and talent scouts.

Dr Bob Eves, Senior Lecturer in Industrial Product Design, said: “It gets the students going through the process and experiences of an exhibition and the opportunity of showing their work, which is great.

“There’s so much work that has gone into this and it’s really good to show the breadth of knowledge and experience that there is at BU.

“It just gets better every year.”

Find out more about FODI 2013 and the students’ projects