If someone said you could change the world, you might not believe them. Especially if they said you might do it before you even finished uni. Read some of our students’ stories and you might just change your mind.
That’s because the best design outcomes make a difference to people’s lives, they meet real human and social needs. It could be a device that will make workplaces safer or collaborating with a vulnerable community on designing their neighbourhood. Making the world a better place is a concern that cuts across all of our degrees. How will you make your mark?
Design for good in rural Africa
Imagine taking a step toward breaking the cycle of sickness and poverty in a Ugandan Village. For a uni project. UTS student Mitch Horrocks did just that: after visiting and living in Uganda he worked with the local community to develop a stovetop extension that will reduce water-borne illness in rural African communities. It’s an inspiring example of how human-centred product design can make a real difference.
Transforming an indigenous community
A small NSW rural community, a UTS connection, an Interior Architecture design studio. When these three elements combined it led to a group of UTS students working with the local indigenous community of Murrin Bridge to create a dual plan to revitalise their home by transforming and reimagining neglected buildings and public spaces.
If you injure your back it may just mean you lose your livelihood. It’s especially the case for workers in the timber industry. Karl Vaupel tackled this problem after visiting timber mills in China as part of his Bachelor Design of Industrial Design (now Product Design). The result is Stack-Lift, a lightweight, aluminium dolly that can be rolled between the various stations in a mill. It won a 3P business plan award and is on its way to being commercialised.