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Made in Brunel holds the Blueprints to our futures

Blueprints were first used in 1842 as a reproduction of technical drawings, generated by contact printing on light sensitive sheets. They can be produced indefinitely to communicate an idea through the means of universally understood symbols and structures. Good communication is crucial to materialising ideas, beginning as a passing thought or small sketch. Through the use of old fashioned pen and paper to advanced digital applications, it remains an important part of our design process. We show pride in presenting our ideas and accomplishments, using the end of year book as a platform to share our work. Students of the Brunel Design School are universally recognised by industry professionals as technically competent, creative, and practical thinkers. We have evolved with the times, like blueprints have adapted to technological advances. Blueprints represent the hard work behind our polished designs and individual journeys of discovery and growth.

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Above the Fold

A front page story

Printing a new chapter in the Made in Brunel story, Above the Fold was created. It could not have been done without the grit and resilience of this year's team. Following on from the years before us, the team have faced many challenges, adapting to host the first online launch, merchandise shop, sketch off and 24hour design challenge. We were also proud to debut the Made in Brunel Podcast, and the Bake Off. Through all the hard work we have gained an understanding of the collaborative community at Brunel. As a cohort we have a drive and passion to succeed together by encouraging success, but also supporting each other through adversity by building relationships in a tough time and offering a shoulder in an otherwise isolated year.

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An Award Winning Brand

Made in Brunel: Above The Fold has won the 2021 C2A, Creative Communication Award, for Brand Identity / Branding. The team worked incredibly hard on the brand and their work has paid off by winning the award.

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Livestreaming The Final Showcase

Introducing MiB TV: A way for everyone to be able to take a look at the students work, for those who couldn't attend the in-person final showcase.

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10 Years At The Bargehouse

The Bargehouse has been the home of our final showcase for the last 10 years. Each year's brand has brought their identity and the students' work to showcase what they've been working on to the public.

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We Are Made in Brunel

2020 has been a very different year. The COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown it caused in March meant that, for the first time in the history of Brunel Design, the final year students were not able to complete their major project prototypes in the departmental workshops and, as a first since Made in Brunel was launched in 2006, the exhibition could not be held in the physical world. It was under these circumstances that our strong culture of collaboration made all the difference. This year we became ‘We Are Made in Brunel’, bringing the focus back to us, the students that empower it.

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It is our designers who can dictate what lies ahead. Alternative, progressive, responsible.

In one respect, we can understand ‘Futures’ as the multiple futures we can create. However, ‘Futures’ also has a profound link to our environment. We are in a generation teetering on the edge of environmental tipping points. We are in the position to influence which path of causality humanity will go down. We have a drive to fix the problems of the past that have been created by bad design.And finally, it is ‘Futures’ because we design with foresight. We must predict problems and offer alternative solutions even before the cracks have begun to show.

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MiB's All-New Reports

A Made in Brunel first; the Web Managers entered into the world of design journalism to bring you the latest trends, reports on special events, exhibitions, and industry talks and interviews.

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Pop-up at the Arches

Made in Brunel gave you a little teaser before our big end-of-year showcase. Members of the public were invited to come along to the Hoxton Arches on March 19th – 30th 2019 to see some of the projects our designers had been working on, in our temporary exhibition of “Responsible Futures”.

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4000 followers, and counting

We had great success with social media outreach in 2019. On instagram we hit the 4000 mark, and before the end of the year it was already teetering on 4500! There was awesome coverage of everything from the 24hr design challenge, the Dezeen Design Awards, showcases, and updates from Made in Brunel's first ever trip to Milan Design Week!

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The next generation of design innovation

Our identity encapsulates how we as a year group have grown, developing into an eclectic group of designers who are ready to help shape the design industry.

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Ideas Factory

On 24th March 2018 we hosted ‘IDEAS Factory’, our annual pop up event at the Oxo tower! People came down to be inspired and create new ideas, and fun designs with our Brunel students. There were lots of refreshments and things to do.

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Democratisation of Production

Within the last decade, there has been a drastic shift in the world of production, pushing towards a democratisation of knowledge and tools for production and design for manufacture. (Wolf, 2012)

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24hr Design Challenge

24 Briefs in 24 Hours. Students participated in a number of industry design challenges, spreading across six 4-hour time slots. Cadburys, Orange, Chanel and L’Oreal made up just a few of the companies that provided some of the briefs for the event.



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We are Redefining [Made in Brunel]

As designers, we aim to redefine every project we undertake. We constantly question everything, make new definitions, and look at everything we do with a fresh outlook. Just like us, the blank space in our tagline represents the opportunity to challenge the norm, and produce some unique and innovative things.

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The First Sketch-Off

On the 18th January, Made In Brunel hosted our first ever ‘Sketch Off’ competition. A group of students from the design course competed in 4 quick fire sketching challenges, competing to win the title of best sketcher at Brunel. A group of guest judges from the industry attended the event, including two product developers from Disney, the design director at Geometry Global, and Brunel Alumni, the founder of tone design consultancy.

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Redefining [ A Private View ]

Made in Brunel curated an exhibition at London's Design Museum shortly after it had opened, making Brunel the first university to have an exhibition there. The event explore how we can redefine materials, the future, and an average day. The theme was explored with interactive displays and artefacts for the invitees to get involved with.


Great success at New Designers

Sophie Copley was awarded a number of prizes for Little Heroes, including the Mars Chocolate Design Thinking Award and the New Designers Gleeds Associate Prize for the designer best demonstrating lateral thinking, during the 2017 New Designers festival. Children wanted an exciting gown that they could relate to; staff wanted improved access to key parts of patient’s bodies; and everyone wanted improved patient dignity and comfort. “Giving young children the opportunity to become a superhero encourages them to feel empowered, strong and able to fight their fears during their pre-op experience, and play is encouraged as a form of treatment.”

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Breaking Ground

To initiate a new venture; advance beyond previous achievements.

We have been fortunate enough to embark upon this opportunity to learn and communicate to the world what Made in Brunel means to us and that we can change the world through the power of good design. A collection of ground breaking ideas and innovative solutions.

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London is growing at a rapid rate, with an expected population of 9 million by 2020. Growing with it are technology, culture and the economy, but Made in Brunel ask the question: is anything getting left behind? With the public's help, creativity and compassion, the Made in Brunel team physically mapped out an improved London, targeting five key areas such as social interaction in a connected age and lack of space in an increasingly populated city. The workshop helped visitors envision their own ideas of a better future London through meeting the students, sparking conversation and modelling ideas three dimensionally.

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Thoughts From AI on Replacing Humans

Humans are prone to making mistakes. The imperfect non-machines even believe that mistakes improve their lives. We machines are superior to humans in almost every way.

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When Designers Take Sides: Are We Creating Infographics or Propaganda?

We have never lived in an age where information has been more accessible. The Internet, in particular, has imbued us with a sense of total omniscience – the answers to all of our questions are always just a few clicks away. But is all as it seems?

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Fresh Perspectives

Authentic, empathetic, insightful, driven, energetic

We are Made in Brunel. We change things. We are authentic, excited about what we do. We are serious when we need to be, but don't be fooled. We are energetic, inspiring new ways of thinking. We are driven towards solving real problems. We are insightful dreamers, creating the conceptual, observing the invisible, and researching the impossible. We don't do this alone, we do this with people. Because the world needs designers who can be empathetic, constantly refining, constantly improving, but always with Fresh Perspectives.

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Cara O'Sullivan Evolvable Walking Aid Kit

The evolvable walking aid aims to provide a long-term and affordable solution to mobility rehabilitation across developing regions of the world in the form of a modular walking aid kit which can be tailored to suit the needs of a user as their condition changes. The design can be assembled to create walking sticks, walking frames or crutches. It utilizes the global availability of timber pallets. The initial prototype of this design cost less than 60 pence in materials and used only hand-tools which was a major breakthrough in making it accessible to people in developing regions.

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Repurposing Domestic Kitchen Waste by James Seers

The aim of this project was to develop a solution to the problem of the incorrect disposal of FOG in a domestic setting, through a product or system that fits seamlessly into the current kitchen set up and allows for collected waste to be repurposed once collected.

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Algae Cultivating Facade by Ray Wilkes

The aim of this project was to design a new building façade that will cultivate micro algae and produce biodiesel. This was a collaborative project with Astudio architects and Sustainable Now Technologies. The core principle is to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and produce biomass. The biomass is then processed to yield biodiesel which can fuel the buildings mechanical plant. This project investigated the growth characteristics of UK native algae strains and designed an appropriate architectural element to optimise algal productivity. Each algae unit has the potential to sequester 156Kg of CO2per year –the equivalent carbon sequestration of 76 trees.



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We are Made in Brunel, and this is Only the Beginning

This is our chance for us to exhibit ourselves as professional problem solvers; to show we are not afraid to ask questions, to challenge existing solutions and change the way people think. We constantly push ourselves to learn and improve, we want to have an impact, we want to be different, and we want to bring change.

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Bump Mark gets James Dyson Award

Solveiga Pakstaite won the UK National award in the James Dyson Award competition for her food expiry sticker design. Using gelatine to model the decay process of food, Bump Mark is able to tell you exactly the condition your food is in, simply by running your finger over the label. If it’s smooth, then you’re good to go, but if you start to feels bumps as the gelatine breaks down, be cautious. The product is a revolutionary step in inclusive design; reactive and adaptive communication for the visually impaired.

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Our first 24hr design challenge

157 design, engineering and media students came together for a day of intense creative development. Without a break, eight briefs were tackled for 7 well known brands with each team having only three hours to develop a solution. Lego, Rolls-Royce and Tesla provided commercially relevant briefs with strong brand requirements; whilst IDEO, Therefore, Seymourpowell and Cambridge Industrial Design tested the students' creative thinking and idea generation. More than 2000 people watched as the event was live-streamed. Due to the popularity of this event with companies and designers, its tradition carries on today.

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James the Giraffe by Benjamin Alport

James the Giraffe is an interactive ball popping toy, equipped with lights, sounds and textures, designed for children 6 months and older. The brief, set by Mothercare / Early Learning Centre UK was to design a floor toy to expand their 6months plus product range. Product features were developed to aid in the key stages of child development such as hand-eye co-ordination, fine motor skills and cause and effect. The product later went into production with the ELC.



Out of the Blue

Nothing short of exciting, refreshing, infuriating, unexpected, and completely out of the blue.

This year our aim was to really show the individuality and personality of each student, introduce the world to the people behind the work. Made in Brunel enables us to tell our story, express ourselves and convey ourselves and convey our passion for what we do, it is for that reason we felt that this year, we'd mix things up.


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To celebrate the opening of The Dr Susan Weber Gallery of furniture and ceramics on the 6th floor, the V&A put on a Friday late event to explore 'The Secret Life of Furniture'. Made in Brunel held our very first 'Pop-up House' for the evening, in an effort to highlight the reparability of furniture.

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James May's Toy Stories

Brunel's aerospace engineers helped design, build, and fly an unmanned glider across the Bristol Channel for a BBC TV special hosted by Top Gear star James May at Christmas. The special episode of of James May's Toy Stories, entitled 'Flight Club', saw the 14-strong student team play an instrumental role in re-designing May's original glider to ensure successful completion of its planned flight.

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Renewable Wave Power by Samuel Etherington

Samuel won a James Dyson award and achieved global news coverage for his semi-submersible multi-axis wave energy converter, specifically designed to run in the Orkneys, Scotland. The design has the unique ability to absorb forces from the peaks and troughs of North Atlantic waves, in any given direction. The multi-axis structure's test results highlighted the increased potential and efficiency to convert external movements into hydraulic pressure, compared to conventional linear devices.

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Fuelled by Ideas

This year was filled with so many journeys of discovery, journeys of intellectual depth, journeys of technical ingenuity, journeys of creative elegance and journeys of visionary thinking. New ideas evolve along journeys made by creative thinkers. It is not just about the destination, but the progression of both people and projects.

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The Colour of Innovation

Business is built on the vision of innovative thinkers. It is people that make great businesses and I have always been passionate about encouraging and advising people who have there are gift of being business-oriented innovators. Made in Brunel is the incubation platform for a new generation of innovative thinkers. I am a great believer in promoting the very best of British science, technology and innovation in the UK and Brunel exemplifies this. It is one of our finest universities, with a philosophy of developing creative and practical ideas with commercial objectives. Made in Brunel is a unique project that represents inspired, educated, and motivated people; three words that should underpin all pioneering ventures.

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250 Innovative Ideas

Innovation that works is the key to success. Innovation is rarely easy, and it certainly is not something that we are all born with, but when you have the sort of mind that can rise to its challenge then life is exciting, the world is full of challenges, and everyone can see the significance of change. Innovation is the life blood of the world I live in, Formula One; it is the key to all progress, both here and in the wider world. Made in Brunel is an innovation brand; it is a brand of young, creative, and practical thinkers who have a zest for creativity and innovation.

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Thinking Out Aloud

In its essence Thinking Out Loud is about people, fun and innovation. It showcases our fresh, forward-thinking approach to generating solutions to real life problems. At its core Thinking Out Loud is focused on the individuality and thought process contained within each project. Although each project may focus on a specific area of thinking, collectively Thinking Out Loud represents a wide range of ideas, thoughts, and viewpoints. The common denominator across all these ideas is that our thinking becomes tangible, we realise our thoughts and we communicate new concepts through a wide variety of media and technologies. Thinking Out Loud also highlights our role in the future of design, engineering, and multimedia. By sharing our thoughts on contemporary issues, we firmly place ourselves at the forefront of the next generation of design practitioners.

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Made in Brunel 2008 builds on the reputation of its predecessors “Innovation 2006” and “Making Our Mark 2007”, projects that established a global reputation for communicating some of the best of undergraduate student engineering and design innovation. The 2008 team set out to enhance this reputation by bringing a level of consistency and warmth of tone to our communication at every touchpoint. This philosophy was unveiled at our launch and emphasises our focus this year on how we communicate with each other and in how we tell our own story to visitors at the show, through the website and to you as the reader of this book. The future has been the underlying focus of the work of the team both personally and on behalf of the project.

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Making Our Mark

A quick glimpse at the newspapers, or the odd minute or two in front of the television, quickly fills the eyes and ears with great and exciting stories of our changing economic landscape, of globalisation, of new complexities, of multiethnicity and of opportunity. Gone appear to be the days of the endless rows of factories with their smoking chimneys, dangerous machines and crowded human masses. The new century has brought a more diverse economic landscape, something of a return to the past, with the individual-artisan benefiting from numerous and profitable opportunities for fulfilling her or his human potential as part of an economic network which spans the now small globe. The designer in London is sending her sketches to her friend, the prototyper in Italy, who is sending production drawings to his contact the manufacturer in Malaysia, who is sending his production batch to a distributor in Russia, who is offering the final packaged product to the European public. The world is small, the information is great, and the situation is summarised for many people by the buzzwords “innovation” and “creative industries”.

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Made in Brunel

Where it all started

2006 marks the 200th anniversary of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s birthday and the 40th anniversary of the award of Brunel University’s Royal Charter. This double anniversary gave us the chance to celebrate the values of innovation and entrepreneurship embodied in the name of Brunel and to launch our new brand. Sixty students from the School of Engineering and Design have balanced the academic commitments of their final year to ensure that Made in Brunel is professionally executed. This determined core of students had the enthusiasm and passion to promote the talents of Brunel.