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Featuring over 20 innovative young designers
from the 2013 Higher School Certificate
Design and Technology course.
Students will have the opportunity to see how
these talented young designers have explored
the design process through a range of design
solutions ranging from self-sanitising door
handles and upcycled bags, through to a
geodesic dog house and an industrial weed
Presented in association with the Board of Studies, Teaching and
Educational Standards NSW and NSW Department of Education
21 February -18 May 2014
Joshua John King
Joshua designed a two way hydraulic tipping trailer in order to increase the
efficiency and usefulness of tipping trailers in an agricultural setting.
The trailer can tip both backwards and to the side allowing the user to utilise
a small amount of space and reducing manual handling.
This unique design made the most of recycled materials with the designer
having to buy very few new materials to make his high quality product.
Geodesic Dog House
De la Salle Catholic
Justin used the geodesic sphere as inspiration for his design as it is one of
the world’s most structurally sound shapes.
This design allows the dog kennel to withstand the external environment
whilst still being aesthetically pleasing.
Justin’s motivation was to redefine the uninventive dog houses he found on
the market and turn the product into something that could be considered
Tess Tavener Hanks
Tess designed and manufactured a
mobile wearable light design
sculpture for inclusion in the Vivid
Light Festival in 2013.
A variety of innovative processes
were used including laser cutting and
engraving, as well as direct digital
materials were used to create a
haute couture gown based on
bioluminescent deep sea creatures.
Jasper used Organic Peace silk,
which is animal cruelty free and
energy efficient LED lights.
Ashcroft High School
Dennis observed that a vast
proportion of the young
Australian public do not have
an interest in politics, policies
or policy making.
In response to this observation,
Dennis designed this eBook as
a way of educating the young
Australian voting public so that
they can make informed
decisions at the polling booth.
Adele consulted an Occupational
Therapist when discussing her ideas for
creating a fridge door opening aid for
This device allows a fridge door to be
opened just from the push of a button.
Adele learnt many new skills while
producing her product such as 3D
printing, plastic welding, soldering and
Paul Terrence Cullen
Paul’s design comprises of a UVC light which kills
the majority of surface bacteria on door handles
within 10 seconds.
This innovative device would be a welcome addition
to many public spaces including hospitals and public
An Anglican School
Katherine was inspired to design her device after listening to her own
grandparents express their difficulty with gardening due to poor
To address this need, Katherine incorporated ergonomically designed
kneepads for comfort and an electric jack to enable those with poor
mobility to easily raise themselves from the ground.
Jaden Daniel Partridge
Jaden was motivated by his interest
in motor sport, where he developed a
product that allows for full inclusion
of persons with disabilities.
The brake and throttle are controlled
completely from the steering wheel
thus allowing those with dysfunction
in their legs to participate in
Australian Karting competitions.
Alexis Jade McCaughtrie
Alexis designed this garment to be
incorporated as a costume piece in her friend’s
The design process allowed Alexis to develop
her skills in dress making and theatrical design.
A number of techniques were used such as
hand dying the fabric with natural dyes, working
with lace doilies and hand-making flowers seen
on the skirt of the fabric.
Sarah observed there was a gap in the market for
stylish ‘safety sportswear’ after having concerns
from her experiences of walking in suburban areas
As a result, she created four sportswear garments
incorporating geometric reflective strips that
become part of the garment’s aesthetic, as well as
having the function of increasing the safety of the
The purpose of this project was to make retail quality, high
performance body surfing handplanes aimed at filling a gap in the
Criteria for success established by Thomas required that the design be
lightweight, portable, durable, replicable and be commercially viable
Aidan saw a gap in the market for easier, faster
and less strenuous ways to use stand up
In response to this, Aidan created a new paddle
with innovative handles which eliminates the
need to switch paddling positions and promotes
a more efficient stroke.
Joshua’s device is designed to kill Lantana, one
of Australia’s worst environmental weeds. Its
strength lies in its ability to target difficult to reach
locations and sensitive rainforest areas.
The weed sprayer uses a splatter gun technique
powered by a lithium battery.
Joshua’s inspiration came from his family’s 400-
acre property in Dungog NSW, where Lantana
infestation is a major problem.
Zubin created a device that allows the subtle control of computer
music through the use of motion sensors, button matrixes, camera
modules and advanced micro-processing algorithms, all contained
in a single package.
Not only can the user control the music more intuitively but the
audience can see more emotional control from the DJ.
Reborn – a range of
St Gregory’s College
William designed a range of backpacks for young men from recycled and
reused fabrics such as old shirts, jeans, bedspreads and football jumpers.
Inspiration for this project came from William’s interest in sustainable
living and his observation of a gap in the market for unique backpacks for
Oliver designed and created a new form of vacuum generation that is
more efficient, powerful, durable and affordable than the traditional form
of vacuum generation.
This was achieved through the use of the ‘Venturi effect’ in conjunction
with an innovative auto-cycling system that works using compressed air
from a compressor.
Daniel Glenn Stubbs
Daniel created this lamp in
response to a client brief
which asked for an industrial
This design provides the
opportunity for artistic
creativity combined with
Nicole Alysha Ling
Nicole designed a sustainable open-plan beach house for clients using
the structural frames of their existing beachside cottage.
She created a modern design with many sustainable features such as
fireplaces for heating and the use of water and elevation for cooling.
During the design process Nicole learnt how to use new technologies to
implement her design including AutoCAD and laser cutters.
Matthew created an electronic device that will quickly alert the
driver of a Jet Ski (or other watercraft) when a passenger falls
overboard, without the need to turn around whilst driving.
The overall process has taught Matthew a lot about electronics,
safety issues, new technologies and processes – such as 3D
printing and time management.
Christopher made this application for the furniture factory, Coopers Store.
A motivation to develop this design solution was the identified need to
improve market advertising at Coopers Store.
This application will provide better communication for Coopers Store as
well as becoming a tool where staff and customers can communicate with
After witnessing many near accidents at boat ramps Patrick saw a need to
improve the boat launching process, especially for those with poor mobility
and solo operators. Patrick eliminated the need of hand winching in his
design and replaced it with an automatic catch and release system, in this
case a self-locking clip.
Patrick especially enjoyed gaining a deeper understanding of mechanics and
physics and finding innovative ways of overcoming challenges during the
This year, the four award winners and their designs are:
The Alan Broady Memorial Award - for exemplary use of
resources in the design and production of a Major Design
GripGO Racing Kart Kit
Jaden Partridge, Alstonville High School
The Shelston IP Award - for demonstration of the best
understanding of potential commercialisation and Intellectual
Personal Safety Overboard System
Matthew Alfonzetti, Epping Boys High School
The UNSW Built Environment Award for Sustainability in
Design - sponsored by the Built Environment, UNSW
Katherine Perrior, Danebank - and Anglican School for Girls
The Powerhouse Museum Award for Innovation in Design -
for innovation in design
Industrial Noxious Weed Sprayer
Joshua Mason, Wyong Christian Community School
1. DesignTECH exhibition 2013,
featuring 4 interviews with students
featured in this year’s exhibition
2. DesignTECH 2012
Design and Technology students
speak about their MDP’s
3. Australia innovates, an online guide
to innovation in Australia’s industries
4. Australian designers at work, meet
six designers and learn about their
5. D*hub, online design magazine and
gateway to the world’s best design
6. HSC technology syllabus support: case
studies in design, technology and
7. Sydney designers unplugged: case
studies from seven design studios
8. Electronic swatchbook: thousands of
fabric samples from the 1830s to the
9. Interactive database: search 69,112
objects collected from 1880 to the
10. Australian Dress Register: documenting
significant men’s, women’s and
children’s dress in NSW up to 1945
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16 – 24 August
Experience a dynamic program of exhibitions and
events including Sydney Design 2014, an annual
festival of exhibitions, talks, workshops and student
study days. Exhibition highlights include:
Ecologic: creating a sustainable future, Level 1
Cyberworlds: computers and connections, Level 1
Clothes Encounters, Level 2
Student Fashion, Level 2
Engineering Excellence, Level 3
Australian International Design Awards, Level 3
Australian Inventions, Level 3