Design Innovation in Plastics winner scoops first prize in James Dyson Award

The Polymer Society
4 Dec 2012
Dan Watson, designer of SafetyNet

Royal College of Art graduate, Dan Watson, whose trawl net design won the Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) competition in 2010, has now claimed a further accolade in a prestigious international award.

Dan's SafetyNet design, a net modification to enable more sustainable trawler fishing, originally collected first prize in the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and The Worshipful Company of Horner’s annual DIP Award in 2010. This award acknowledges student design talent in the UK.

Dan has now achieved international recognition by winning the 2012 James Dyson Award, a scheme run by the James Dyson Foundation as part of its mission to encourage creativity and inventiveness in the next generation of young design engineers.

James Dyson commented that the SafetyNet tackles a global issue ignored by established industries in a new and inventive way, and Dan is now working with interested organisations, including a government body, to have his design tested on trawlers.

Martin Sixsmith, DIP Chairman, said: “We were thrilled to hear that Dan has gone on to win the James Dyson Award. Many winners of our Design Innovation in Plastics competition have developed successful careers as designers, and we’re sure that Dan will follow suit after this.”