Glasgow Medal shortlist out

Medical products dominate the shortlist for this year’s Glasgow 1999 Design Medal. Organised by Scotland’s design centre The Lighthouse, the award recognises the work of design graduates from Glasgow’s higher and further education institutions.

Ten submissions made it on to the shortlist, half of which came from recent graduates of Glasgow School of Art. GSA product design engineering graduate Kerry Briggs produced a device to help cancer patients re-grow damaged jawbone tissue, while her course mate Takahashi Koyahata designed a timepiece with a vibrating face that allows the user to tell the time by touch.

A product designer from Strathclyde University, Laura Crawford, designed an out-of-hours doctor’s bag that she claims carries drugs and equipment more ergonomically.

James Connor, who studied Interior Design at Glasgow School of Art, was chosen for his proposal for an ecological design centre based at a derelict tunnel site at the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow.

A wall-mounted utility hook called ‘platypus’ that inventor Trevor Kemp from Glasgow Caledonian University claims can turn a magazine into a shelf also made it on to the shortlist.

Jewellery-making and fashion were well-represented on the shortlist with entries from GSA silversmithing graduates Jan Rooney and Karen Simpson, as well as Cardonald College jewellery graduate David Finlay and fashion design graduate Dieny Itoe, also from Cardonald College.

GSA visual communication graduate Mirren Rosie was selected for her series of documentary portraits of new fathers.

The award gets its name from Glasgow’s Year of Architecture and Design that took place in 1999, for which the medal is intended to provide a lasting legacy.

The 1999 Design Medal 2007 will be presented on 16 November by Droog Design founder Jurgen Bey. An exhibition of the shortlisted projects will run at The Lighthouse from 10 November to 15 February 2008.

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