Student designer ahead of the competition

Student designer ahead of the competition

University of Wolverhampton student, Nick Forrester, has designs on a career in product development – and he’s proved that he’s ahead of the competition by picking up a prestigious award.

In the final year of his Product Design degree, Nick, 27 from Penkridge in Staffordshire, has recently won Gold in the Alexander Rose UK Outdoor Student Design Awards for a unique exterior furniture design. 

Alexander Rose UK is a high-quality garden furniture manufacturer that has been running a student design competition for three years, encouraging young designers to take up careers in the outdoor leisure industry.

He has also entered The Rookies competition – an International Awards for young designers, creators, innovators and artists judged by industry leaders - creating a Foreman wristwatch inspired by an old industrial site where he used to play. 

Robert Cooksey, Senior Lecturer in Product Design at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We are delighted that Nick has won this prestigious, national design competition with unanimous agreement from the judges.

“He was competing with students from all over the country and it was an amazing achievement to pick up the Gold award for his design. His focus and ambition throughout his studies has ensured that he is ahead of the competition and this will stand him in good stead when he enters the jobs market after graduating.”


Nick said:  “My aim is to move into the product visualisation industry or furniture design industry with the potential of seeing my designs manufactured.

“I was thrilled to have won the Gold award for my design, Amalfi, which has been designed with versatility in mind. I have enthusiasm for realistic designs, as well as a passion for creating contextual visuals and my degree course has been instrumental in developing my skills.”

Nick picked up a £1,000 prize and will be exhibiting his winning design at SOLEX (Summer Outdoor Living Exhibition) at the NEC in July with an opportunity to have his work manufactured.

Nick is displaying a scale model of his major new project, Connex, at the Art Degree Show taking place at the Wolverhampton School of Art until Thursday 23rd June 2016.  Connex is an outdoor modular solution for a small garden.

Anyone interested in studying Product Design should come along to the next Open Day on Saturday 18th June 2016 or check out the website:


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Date Issued: 16th June 2016

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