Newcastle College design students get a taste for business

DESIGN students at Newcastle College have entered the world of commerce by designing and making coffee sets, which they will sell in one of Newcastle’s more exclusive gift shops.

DESIGN students at Newcastle College have entered the world of commerce by designing and making coffee sets, which they will sell in one of Newcastle’s more exclusive gift shops.

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Twenty students from the college’s School of Creative Industries have put their creativity to work on the humble cup and saucer and have produced a range of espresso sets that draw inspiration from transport design, alternative music and even a space shuttle, to name but a few.

The students, who are all studying an Extended Diploma in 3D Design Level 3 at Newcastle College, were given the brief to produce six cups and six saucers by yumLush, which is to sell the crockery at its store in Gosforth.

The espresso sets represent the first time that the students will see their creations sold to the public, with each student receiving half of the £30 price tag if their sets are purchased. The sets go on sale at yumLush fromFriday, and will be displayed until April 10, at which point they can be collected by buyers.

Simon Bolam, tutor at Newcastle College’s School of Creative Industries, said: “This project has really inspired our 3D Design students and made them consider a wide range of factors associated with the commercial process.

“This is a true community programme and one which highlights just what can be achieved through engagement between industry and the talented students we have here.”

The students will also be responsible for designing the packaging for their products and producing point-of-sale materials, giving them even more experience of the commercial process.

Ken Boyle of yumLush said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to commission this project and to be part of such an exciting and creative initiative.

“I and my customers are looking forward to seeing the final products in yumLush.”

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