Celebrating Cambridgeshire's 'grand designs'

Published: 29 November 2011 at 13:38

Anglia Ruskin exhibition will put county’s creative successes in the spotlight

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Anglia Ruskin University is celebrating the diverse range of products designed in Cambridgeshire, culminating in a unique Design Icons exhibition in February.

The Design Council’s Design Fund for Growth initiative has chosen Creative Front Cambridgeshire, based within Anglia Ruskin, to lead Design Icons, which will feed into a national series of design events taking place across the country over the next six months.

Chris Owen, Head of the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin, said:

“Cambridgeshire’s design technology is not just focused on ‘Silicon Fen’.  As well as digital innovations, the county is also home to some of the most iconic modern product designs; from utilitarian household mops, to kettles, calculators, mobile phones, hi-fi systems, and the very latest medical equipment.”

The interactive Design Icons exhibition, to be staged at the Ruskin Gallery on Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus, will showcase 20 of the most important products designed in Cambridgeshire over the last 40 years.  

A panel of design and industry experts will select 19 of the products to feature in the exhibition, with the 20th being chosen by the public.

Chris Owen, who is on the panel of judges, is delighted to be hosting this celebration of technological and visual innovation in the digital Ruskin Gallery. He said:

“As well as the products themselves, the screens will show related material to create an exciting demonstration of the contribution Cambridgeshire has made to product design over the last 40 years.”

Voting for the “People’s Choice” award opens on 1 December and runs throughout the month. To get involved, visit www.camdesignicons.co.uk and either “like” your favourite product or email the name of the product to info@creativefront.org

In addition to the exhibition in February, Design Icons will also feature a series of networking events and a masterclass, focusing on skills and development within the design community.

Creative Front Co-ordinator Clare Denham said:

“With design businesses in the East of England accounting for 10% of the UK design industry, Design Icons aims to raise awareness and provide a platform to showcase the products designed here in Cambridgeshire.  The exhibition in particular will demonstrate how the design community within Cambridgeshire has been so successful in bringing design, innovation and technology together.
“We are looking for businesses and individuals to get involved by voting for the product they would most like to see in the exhibition, and by attending the design and innovation networking events.  These events will cover topics such as design for start-ups, product development and brand design.”