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Product design students shortlisted for prestigious awards

18 April 2018


Product design students from Teesside University have been shortlisted in an industry competition which highlights innovation in packaging design and technology.

Milk bottle product development
Milk bottle product development

The prestigious Student Starpack Industry Awards scheme was established in 1964 and this year is the fourth year in a row where students from Teesside University have been shortlisted.

Eight final-year students are in the running for an award: Chris Armstrong, Declan Carter, Arron Coffey, Ralph Deloso, David Donaghue, Abul Habeeb, Beth Sanderson and Chantelle Wilson.

Starpack recognises a growing demand for packaging designers – people who can design packs that are not only attractive but also functional, and that can be produced cost-effectively while considering environmental issues.

The students entered briefs in three categories: The Future Milk Bottle, Motor Oil Dispensing Pack and Luxury Gift Packaging – family range of cans for teas or coffees.

The University picked up two awards in 2015, 11 awards in 2016 and four in 2017 and Principal Lecturer Mark Freary is hoping to repeat the success this year.

We are really pleased that our students have once again been shortlisted in the Student Starpack Industry Awards.

Mark Freary, Principal Lecturer (Staff and Resources)

“We are really pleased that our students have once again been shortlisted in the Student Starpack Industry Awards.

“It is great for the students to see their hard work and creativity recognised and we are hoping they bring back some awards again this year.”

Next the students will send models and printed material for consideration at the final and the results will be announced on 25 May.

The judges will look for originality and aesthetic qualities of the design, how the pack delivers the benefits to consumers and that functionality has been considered as much as the branding.

The quality of portfolio will also be considered, and the judges will want to see designs which demonstrate awareness of environmental issues through economic use of the material and recyclability.

The awards presentation will take place in London on 27 June at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Headquarters.