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2016 CSD Student Prize Winners
The Chartered Society of Designers Course Endorsement Programme distinguishes university courses that clearly prepare and develop students to practice design to the highest professional standards.
Every year tutors from each of the Accredited and Recognised courses determine a student that has made the most progress during their final year who then receives the CSD Student Prize from the Society.
This year saw 15 students being awarded the CSD Student Prize. We spoke to a handful of them and asked them to offer some words of wisdom to first year students about to embark on their design journey.
The students come from a variety of disciplines and universities including Nottingham Trent, Sheffield Hallam, Plymouth, Derby and Chelsea College of Art.

Kate Pearson BA (Hons) Textile Design – Nottingham Trent University

Ella Worthington BA (Hons) Graphic Design - Sheffield Hallam University

Mario Pimenta BA (Hons) Graphic Design – Nottingham Trent University

Shanshan Jiang BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design – Nottingham Trent University

Lubna Wohbeh BA (Hons) Interior Design - Sheffield Hallam University

Kristina Thiele FdA Interior Design – Chelsea Collage of Arts

Ryan Overton BA (Hons) Furniture & Product Design – Nottingham Trent University)

Guneet Sidhu BA (Hons) 3D Product Design – Plymouth University

Andrew Marsh BA (Hons) Product Design - Nottingham Trent University

Tom Fisher BA (Hons) Product Design - Sheffield Hallam University 

Constance Burley BA (Hons) Theatre Design – Nottingham Trent University

Emily Griffiths BA (Hons) Decorative Arts - Nottingham Trent University


As a designer, protecting your work is of the utmost importance.  It is essential that you not only know your Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) but also how to go about protecting them and in which manner, and equally importantly how you best ensure you avoid infringing those of others.

There are a few key types of IPR you should know about:
•             Copyright
•             Design Right
•             Trade marks
•             Registered designs
•             Patents

Check out the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) website for a detailed breakdown and advice.

CSD has collaborated with the IPO to offer all members a quick and helpful online module, ‘IPTutor’ which is a CSD Validated course. It only takes 40 minutes to complete and you receive a certificate which counts toward your CPD. Follow the link to complete the module and see what other IP services we offer.

The online module will enable you to:
•             Identify different forms of IP
•             Understand the role of IP in your chosen subject area
•             Know how to use IP to protect your work
•             Gain a new skill that is valued by employers and is useful in self employment
•             Be accredited by the IPO as having completed this course.

Other useful sites are listed below.

Dates for the Diary
Reasons To Be Creative 
5-7th Brighton

100% Design  
21-24th London
22-26th London

UK Construction Week
18-20th Birmingham

12-13th London
Advice from past to future students
We asked the winners what advice they would pass on to first year design students, following the successful completion of their course and what they had wished they had known during their studies. What seems apparent from all the students is that it is important to remain open minded during your university course and whilst you should trust your own ideas you should also experiment as much as possible, as it is a time where you can really uncover your personal strengths and passions within your design area.

Kate Pearson (Textile Design): “Just enjoy it and be quite open minded in what area you want to go into. You learn so much about design at university and so many different new techniques…Everything will eventually come together in the end, if you keep working hard and trying out different ways of working…There is so much more you can learn about design, no one knows everything, it’s a slow learning journey.”

Ella Worthington (Graphic Design): “Don’t be afraid to have an identity, ask questions and experiment. Most of all, if it’s not fun then you’re doing it wrong.”

Mario Pimenta (Graphic Design): “Believe in yourself, be open, listen and commit to your ideas. I know it’s a bit of a cliché but design is that kind of area that values your individuality and the unique work you can produce. I wish I was more confident and less hard on myself from the start.”

Shanshan Jiang (Interior & Architecture Design): “Keeping enthusiasm and novelty in design is the most important thing. It requires us to keep an eye on contemporary design trends and learn from different forms of art…at university I broadened my horizons and improved my ability to work in a team as well as to work hard and efficiently.”

Lubna Wohbeh (Interior Design): "My advice to future student is ENJOY IT! We are creative people and given the opportunity to create aesthetic designs around the world but also to solve peoples’ issues and offer them a better lifestyle through our designs. Enjoying every project in your work will help you to be more productive and to do the unexpected. Stay unique and imaginative to succeed in every element in your designs."

Kristina Thiele (Interior Design): “Try not to limit yourself, explore and experiment, you will never get this opportunity in a working environment. The resources are there but you need to find them, be pro-active. Grab the opportunities that are made available to you, they are invaluable. You actually learn more from your fellow students than your tutors so engage and debate and open yourself up to critique. Coming from a professional background, it took me a while to discover that a process based approach results in a much more stressful outcome, rather than directed learning.”

Ryan Overton (Furniture & Product Design): “You don’t have to design something to save the world – I think a lot of people join a design course with a view of creating a revolutionary product…the best part of this industry is that it is subjective…I do feel like I would have benefited from going to university with a stronger foundation of skills and knowledge in regards to materials and basic construction.”

Guneet Sidhu (3D Product Design): “Enjoy the process as well as the outcomes of your design projects. Reflect back on how you achieved such solutions - how did you think? How were you inspired? Asking these questions will eventually lead to you understanding your personal approach and methodology. Throughout my years at university, I have achieved a confidence in trusting my intuition. Enjoy the up and down journey of achieving the solution that feels right to you, because it is those moments you look back on and learn and develop from. ”

Andrew Marsh (Product Design): “Utilise and use what the university has to offer. Make the most of the tutors as they are all specialists in different areas within design, which can help to expand your knowledge. Also stay organised as the design process can sometimes be complicated.”

Tom Fisher (Product Design): "Don't be afraid to do projects that are out of your comfort zone, and try to avoid projects based on topics you already know about. The best student work I've seen comes from people who get stuck into a subject they know nothing about. This combined with good research I think is the best way to create an original design proposal. It is better to seek advice of many rather than relying purely on your tutors opinions for guidance."

Constance Burley (Theatre Design): “Go to see as much theatre as possible, see shows that you wouldn’t normally see. It allows you to see all the exciting events, current ideas and you find out about things you didn’t know existed"

Emily Griffiths (Decorative Arts): "The more you explore, the more you will learn what works well and what doesn't. By trying as many different processes, techniques and ways of learning as possible you will certainly find something that you enjoy and find interesting. It is fine to get things wrong, as long as you take the positives out and learn from them. The beauty of any design course is that there is always room for further development."
CPD is essential to any designer.  Design is an industry that never sleeps; social, political and environmental elements are constantly affecting trends within design, materials used, styles, etc. and the technology that aids the design industry is constantly advancing so in order to stay up to date and at the top of your career you must continue to develop.  Read articles, go to seminars, workshops, visit galleries, sign up to short courses.  Keep learning. You can develop your online CPD plans and record them within your personal portfolio in the members’ area of the CSD website – where you can also promote your projects to potential clients and employers.
Looking to start your own business??
Staring up your own business or brand can be very exciting and also very daunting. There are many organisations that can help with loans and training for start-ups. The Princes Trust for instance provides workshops, mentoring and loans if you are between the age of 18-30 and have a business idea that you want to pursue. Their website has business plan templates, financial advice, marketing tips and sustainability advice which is not only appealing to customers but also can help cut costs.

As well as the Princes Trust there are many sites that offer guides, tutorials, seminars and articles. Do your research to put yourself in a better place for starting your own business.

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