Caledonian Creates 2011

Caledonian Creates 2011 highlighted a range of work from up-and-coming design talent at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Showcasing fresh new talent in fashion; media and journalism; graphic, product and interior design; audio technology; gaming and digital media, the exhibition also highlighted research, knowledge transfer partnerships and community engagement with the creative industries.

Special guest speakers included Stephen Halpin, Managing Director of design company Merchant Soul, who also sponsored the event.

A selection of collaborative work from Fashion Design and Product Design students was displayed. This was also shown as part of Milan Design Week in April 2011.

Also on display was acrylic homeware from Edinburgh-based design company, Urban Twist. The designer products were created by Cameron Pitcairn, a graduate of GCU’s MSc in Product Design and Development, who also runs the design company.

Cameron, who graduated in 2006, worked with current first year students to develop their own acrylic homeware to complement Urban Twist’s range. Students’ products were displayed alongside Urban Twist’s work. He said: 'As a GCU graduate with my own business, it has been a delight to come back to the university to share my experience and knowledge with future Product Designers.'

The event also showcased the results of the MAXIMUS project, a research project aimed at car designers and architects. MAXIMUS used advances in projection and rendering technologies to create natural, interactive visualisations of buildings and cars for real time virtual assessment at groundbreaking reality. Lead by the Fraunhofer Institute, the MAXIMUS consortium brought together leading specialists in computing, technology, design and engineering including automobile design and engineering company, Giugiaro.