RMIT industrial design students have positioned themselves as leaders in their field after blitzing the International Bicycle Design Competition in Taipei.
Five students from the Bachelor of Industrial Design (Honours) have been awarded accolades for their contemporary bicycle designs.
The third-year students submitted concepts designed during their Cycle Futures Lab studio at RMIT, which explored the shifts in the small parts automotive sector.
The panel for the long-running competition selected 20 winners from 331 submissions, with the competition seeking to promote young talent in the bicycle design industry.
Hamish Buttle took home the Excellence Award for his bicycle design Eon, while Ailie Hanson received the Merit Award Professional for design Banten.
Students Jordan Runciman, Sam Pringle and Patrick Tran were also recognised with Merit Awards for their innovative bicycle design concepts.
Buttle said the help of his lecturers was pivotal in his success at the international competition.
“All of this would not be possible without the excellent design knowledge of our Industrial Design lecturers,” he said.
“The hard work that went into this project was a great feeling of achievement in itself, but to be recognised on an international scale is fantastic.”
Buttle’s design, Eon, is contemporary and functional, proposed to be super formed and seam welded.
Rider functionality on Eon is also increased through a rear camera that connects to the rider’s cellular device on the handle bar, providing a live link to oncoming traffic.
The five winning students had the unique opportunity to travel to Taipei as guests of the Taipei International Cycle Show to receive their awards and consolidate their learning through talks with design manufacturers.
“Taipei was a really great place and broadened my horizons of what is possible in manufacturing and bike design, as well as allowing me to create new and exciting friendships,” Buttle said.
Studio lecturers Dr Scott Mayson and Liam Fennessy said all five RMIT submissions displayed a sophisticated level of design functionality.
“The entries were able to convey a global market presence, with a number of key features that are currently on future trend for bicycle design including storage, foldability, smartphone drive compatibility and the use of sustainable materials,” Mayson said.
“The RMIT designs were outstanding in all categories, especially considering that they only spent five weeks designing their entries during the Industrial Design studio.”
RMIT offers a wide selection of industry-acclaimed programs focusing on industrial, furniture and product design.