Design Futures: A retrospective – 20 years of Design Impact

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In association with Lab4Living’s Research England Expanding Excellence in Research Award In celebration of Design Futures’ 20th anniversary – an exhibition of selected projects conducted by Sheffield Hallam University’s packaging and product design group. Design Futures is a team of award-winning product and packaging designers and researchers at Sheffield Hallam University. Design Futures’ work, informed by the latest research methods […]

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CCRI Seminar Series – ‘Design Futures Packaging: Support work for research projects’ with John Kirkby (Design Futures)

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Please join us on Wednesday 16 March 2022 for our next CCRI-wide seminar as part of the Culture & Creativity Research Institute Seminar Series, where we will be hearing from Design Futures‘ John Kirkby. Design Futures Packaging: Support work for research projects Creative Director John Kirkby would like to take this  opportunity to present some recent examples of how the award […]

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Design Futures shortlisted in three categories at the 2019 UK Packaging Awards

The Design Futures packaging team has been shortlisted in three categories at this years prestigious UK Packaging awards. Winners will be announced at the awards evening on Thursday 7th November, 2019, at the Grosvenor House, London. Their shortlisting for the ‘Best New Concept Award’ is for their development of an environmentally responsible cool box that uses sheep wool and corrugated […]

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Wednesday 20 February 2019 – Lunchtime seminar with Professor Alaster Yoxall (Professor of Packaging Ergonomics)

Images for Professor Alaster Yoxall's C3RI Research Seminar - courtesy of Alaster Yoxall

Speaker: Professor Alaster Yoxall (Professor of Packaging Ergonomics) Title: Designing a tool for determining the thickness of fluids for patients with dysphagia using a mixed-methods approach Between 50 and 75% of residents in nursing homes have swallowing difficulties. For frail older adults difficulties with eating and drinking can be life threatening and possibly result in pneumonia, the second most common (and serious) infection […]

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SIP success: Design Futures’ festive pop-up shop raises nearly £500 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity

Image of John Kirkby at the Design Futures SIP pop-up festive shop

Design Futures raised nearly £500 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity at their festive pop-up shop last month, selling products the packaging design consultancy had designed the packaging for as part of the Sheffield Innovation Programme. John Kirkby and his team within the University’s design consultancy, Design Futures, have been supporting local businesses across the region and providing packaging expertise as part of […]

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Professorship awarded to Alaster Yoxall

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​We are pleased to announce that Alaster Yoxall has been recognised by the Professoriate Committee for his outstanding contribution to Sheffield Hallam and beyond, and now holds the Professorship of Packaging Ergonomics. Alaster has been involved in the ‘Inclusive Design’ of packaging for a little over 12 years. He was the UK’s technical expert in the development of ISO 17480 Packaging […]

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Doctoral student Amelia Knowlson and Design Futures’ Nick Dulake featured in Education Technology and EdQuarter

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3D PRINTING: How 3D printing is helping in education 3D printing is helping to develop creative processes of every level of education, features in Education Technology and EdQuarter suggests. In the article, Amelia Knowlson, a doctoral student in Hallam’s Art and Design Research Centre (ADRC), discusses her use of the technology to make 3D copies of the Grice Ivories collection, […]

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Design Futures awarded Design Team of the Year at the UK Packaging Awards!

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Update: Find out more about Design Futures’ win on both Packaging News and the SHU Media Centre. Sheffield Hallam University’s packaging design team, Design Futures, are celebrating after winning the distinguished national title of Design Team of the Year in the UK Packaging Awards – the leading industry awards in the country. Other category winners were some of the UK’s […]

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Design Futures shortlisted for two categories at UK Packaging Awards 2017

John Kirkby, Design Futures, with Bear Hugs' Faye Savoury

02 October 2017 Update: Peter Macqueen, Packaging Designer with Design Futures appeared on BBC Radio Sheffield on Friday 22 September 2017 alongside Faye Savory of Bear Hugs on Paulette Edwards’ Good News Friday feature. Click here to listen. Sheffield Hallam University’s packaging design team, Design Futures, are in the running for two distinguished national titles at this year’s UK Packaging […]

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