The Snowster, invented by Max Berman, is a hybrid between a sledge and a snowboard, used like a snowboard, but with a low retail cost. Similar in design to early prototype snowboards like Sherman Poppen’s Snurfer that appeared in the US in 1965, it is specifically designed for use in ‘ungroomed’ snow, in conditions where a regular sledge would be used. The Royal Bank of Scotland has funded the prototype’s tooling costs and Berman is currently looking for a company to license the product. Imagination for Industry has developed the product through to the prototype stage. The price of a total snowboarding package ranges from £600-£800, but the Snowster will sell for about £30.
McDermott & McGough’s piece is a functional, secular safe space that can be used by the public for quiet contemplation or hired out for ceremonies.
This month, head to Manchester for a city-wide design extravaganza, delve into the world of Roald Dahl and read all about the history of graphic design.
Exhibitions, print fairs and a room full of giant bees are among our picks of the best events to get down to at this year’s Northern extravaganza.
As World Mental Health Day takes place this week, we speak to designers, freelance creatives and illustrators about their experiences of mental illness or issues, and ask