Design Council Spark is a new product innovation fund designed to uncover the UK’s next great inventions, and with the call for entries drawing to a close on 31st January 2015, the Design Council came up with the idea to host a lively online Google Hangout: ‘What makes an invention great?‘. The discussion featured an array of designers, inventors, academics and students, that came together to discuss the aims and ambitions of Design Council Spark.
Mat Hunter, chief design officer at the Design Council chaired the panel and was joined by a number of innovation experts and inventors to consider what it is that turns a simple idea, into a great invention.
The panel and participants included:
Rob Law – Inventor of Trunki, Mark Sheahan – Inventor in residence, British Library, Duncan Fitzsimons – Inventor of Folding Wheel, Emily Tulloh – Inventor of Summerbug Trike, Mat Hunter – Chief Design Officer at the Design Council, Claire Mitchel – Inventor of Chilipeeps, Satwinder Samra – Director of Future Practice, Sheffield School of Architecture, Freyja Sewell – British furniture and product designer.
The discussion walked us through the feasibility, viability and desirability of an invention – and how combining these could turn it into a success!