Sustainable Design: it’s time to put yourself in the picture


Cycloc, a brilliant bike storage solution designed in SolidWorks by Andrew Lang
and made from 100% recycled industrial plastic

DesignTalks, the online community for UK designers and manufacturers, has launched a new image gallery where members can share and comment upon examples of design in practice.

To mark the launch of the gallery, DesignTalks is running a competition to find an image that best illustrates sustainable design. DesignTalks, which is sponsored by SolidWorks is free to join and open to anyone with an interest in design and manufacturing.

The sustainability competition will run until 12 November 2009. You are encourage to upload images that best illustrate the role design has to play in sustainability. “They could be renderings of designs that members are particularly proud of, examples they have seen on the web or just something they’ve spotted on the way into work. We’re hoping for a creative response to a broad brief and we’re looking forward to some lively debate and healthy competition as the images come in.

As well as uploading images, DesignTalks members are encouraged to comment on other people’s entries and to vote for the images they consider to be good examples of sustainable design. At the end of the competition everyone who has commented or voted will be entered into a draw to win one of five pairs of USB-rechargeable batteries, while the member who posted the image with the most votes will win a solar back-pack for recharging gadgets while on the move.

“Green issues remain a primary focus for designers and manufacturers, who are constantly looking for ways to minimise the impact their products will have on the environment, Some innovations are focused on emissions, others on minimising packaging, others still on the re-use of materials.

Designers are fundamental to the strategies manufacturers are employing to demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, and we want to celebrate that vital role by opening up our gallery to the best examples of their work.”

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Matthew West

SolidWorks alumnus. I like plate reverb, Rat pedals, Thai curry, New Weird fiction, my kids, Vespas, Jazzmasters, my wife & Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not necessarily in that order.