Second year Product Design student at Nottingham Trent University, Annabel Burton, has won the Design Innovation in Plastics 2016 Competition with her redesign of the buckle on the surcingle, or strap, that fastens around a horse and holds a protective rug in place. Design Innovation in Plastics is an annual competiton organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Annabel's redesign has a quick-release device moulded in thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) with a tempered steel spring, which quickly releases under stress, preventing common injuries that are caused with the current device. The 2016 brief asked students to design a product focused on improving animal well-being and Annabel's perfectly fits the bill.
Annabel's prize is £1,000 plus a visit to the global headquarters of Covestro (who are the headline sponsors of the competition) in Leverkusen and a placement at PriestmanGoode, the leading global design and brand experience agency specialising in aviation, transport and product design. In addition, she will receive an invitation to the banquet given by The Worshipful Company of Horners that is held annually at The Mansion House in the City of London.
Second place went to Karl Martin, a third year Product Design student at Dublin Institute of Technology. His product with 'Petect', is the first outdoor dog feeder designed to prevent dogs from catching lungworm, a parasitic infection acquired through contact with snails, slugs and their trails. Karl won £500 plus a placement with Innovate Product Design, a leading invention development company.
Paige Hobday, a fourth year Product Design student at Coventry University took third place, with 'Twoof Brush Ball', a toothbrush toy for dogs. Paige's prize is £250 and a placement with PDD, London, a worldwide provider of integrated design and innovation skills.