Compact skateboards, easy jar openers and modern coffee makers are some of the innovative products designed by University of Newcastle students on show at Newcastle Museum from November 19 to 25.

The NEWcastle Products exhibition will transform the Museum’s Link Gallery into a collection of Novocastrian innovation, with the next crop of local industrial designers showcasing a range of exciting products developed throughout their studies.

After four years of hard work, Bachelor of Industrial Design students are excited to finally bring their designs to the public arena.

Blending creativity and practicality, graduating student David Powers has created a folding skateboard.

David’s own son, who was refused access to a bus because his long skateboard wouldn’t fit in a backpack, originally inspired his design.

Recognising just how popular skateboarding has become in the Hunter and across the globe, David decided to design a board that could fold in two.

Given that many new and older skaters enjoy cruising on more stable, longer boards, he feels his design is a winner – unlike past similar designs, it retains the flexibility and feel of a normal board.

In interesting contrast, fellow student Jonathan Fenwick will display an innovative jar opener in the annual end of year exhibition. 

The idea for the jar opener was originally targeted at people with arthritis – but Jonathon quickly saw a wider market.

“There are a lot of people who just can’t open jars, so it would be good for all people,” Jonathan said.

David and Jonathan encourage all students, community members and industry professionals to visit the diverse student showcase.

“The exhibition will give people a better understanding of what industrial design is,” Jonathan said.

“The degree is almost like a mystery, a lot of people don’t know what industrial designers do.”

Industrial Design students in Newcastle attend TAFE NSW – Hunter Institute for three years, after which they complete one year of study at the University of Newcastle to obtain a degree.

Industrial designers create “just about everything that isn’t buildings”, Jonathan said.

The NEWcastle Products Industrial Design Exhibition will be on display at the Newcastle Museum Link Gallery from November 20 to 25, from10am to 5.30pm. The public opening night on Monday November 19 starts at 7pm and the Gallery will host an industrial evening on November 21 from 5.30pm.  

Industry representatives can register for the industry evening here.