PHOTO: 1st - The winning design from UJ student Shane Keates
THE Plastics Institute of South Africa (PISA) presented a challenge to young designers by way of a Student Design Competition last year. The event was organised by Jacques Lightfoot, Sustainability Manager at PlasticsǀSA and hosted at the PlasticsǀSA offices in Midrand.
The students were required to design a gas lighter. The product had to meet the demands of the injection moulded component manufacturing process and had to demonstrate a clear understanding of multiple plastic component assembly. Students also had to design the lighter with no flat surfaces and it had to be in line with the high-quality image set by one of the following leading brands: Smeg 50’s retro style, Stanley, Jeep or Adi Alessi.
Students also had to ensure the gas lighter was fully functional and did not weigh more than 100 grams.
The students demonstrated that in South Africa there is no shortage of product design and innovative and creative thinkers being guided through their design studies at tertiary level.
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) are two institutions where young aspirant designers can take up the challenges of a three- or four-year industrial design course. Graduating students from these courses will have a detailed understanding of value added functional product design, ergonomics, aesthetics and manufacturing processes.