Student winners of the CONNECT design competition announced

The Design Exchange has announced the latest crop of winners of the CONNECT design competition for post-secondary students. CONNECT is a longstanding program of the DX which offers design students a real-world design challenge as presented by leading Canadian corporations and organizations, who sponsor the CONNECT program.

The winners of the CONNECT competition were announced Monday February 13th at an awards presentation held at the Design Exchange. The competition was judged by a panel consisting of industrial designers and design academic, and was sponsored by DuPont Canada and Canadian Tire.

The competition objective was to design a new line of innovative outdoor power equipment targeted toward women that will be available exclusively at Canadian Tire stores across Canada. These tools are for women aged 30-55 who spend more than two hours per week on their lawn and garden. Designed products must make the act of lawn maintenance more enjoyable.

Qualifying students are enrolled in graphic design, visual communications, industrial design or engineering programs. First place went to William Mak from the Ontario College of Art and Design for his design project “DiMo.” Second place went to Nathan Eng, Seth Bryan, Julie Chapman, Aaron Gagnon and Rebecca Hubble from Ryerson University for their project entitled “Hummingbird.” Caitlin Curran-Blaney from Carleton University won third place for “The Grasshopper,” and taking fourth place was Nevena Nigalova from the Ontario College of Art and Design and Eleanor Fisher from George Brown for “Sheer Independence.”

Students were also asked to design a feature for horse stirrups which would allow equestrian riders to dismount quickly during a planned dismount and/or accidental throwing of the mount. The Award of Accomplishment was given to Caitlin Curran-Blaney from Carleton University for her project “FlexFit.”

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