Top designer to speak at student plastics award

The Polymer Society
30 Jan 2012

A top industry designer has been secured as guest speaker for the 2012 Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) Award. Rob Law MBE, designer of Trunki, the world’s first and only ride-on suitcase for youngsters, will be sharing his experiences with competition finalists at the award ceremony on Friday, June 29. This year the award acknowledges previous winners who have gone on to successful design careers, one of whom was Rob, a DIP finalist in 1997, whilst a student at Northumbria University.


Design Innovation in Plastics was established in 1985 and is now the longest running student plastic competition in Europe. It is owned by The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM³) and The Worshipful Company of Horners, with the continued support of Bayer MaterialScience as the principal industry sponsor. 


Rob is founder and director of independent design studio, Magmatic, a company dedicated to the invention and distribution of iconic products for tots on the go. His is the classic David versus Goliath story, having been turned down by a variety of lenders including the BBC programme, Dragon’s Den. Eventually, it was a £4,500 Princes Trust grant that allowed him to develop Trunki and build up Magmatic.


Martin Sixsmith, chairman of the Design Innovation in Plastics Organising Committee, said: “It is an absolute pleasure to have secured Rob as a guest speaker at the 2012 DIP Award ceremony.  Not only is he a great speaker and an inspiration for many aspiring designers, but he also has personal experience of the DIP competition.  DIP is this year inviting a number of previous winners to the Award Ceremony and we hope to see them there to share their experiences.”


The competition organisers have received more than 270 registration forms from university students around the UK and Ireland for the 2012 competition. Preliminary judging takes place in March with final judging in May and the award ceremony at the end of June.


More information about Design Innovation in Plastics can be found either through the competition pages, or via the competition Twitter feed @designinplastic