Out of home ad giant, Clear Channel, has joined forces with students from the BA Product Design course at world-renowned arts and design collegeCentral Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, to conceptualise the street furniture of tomorrow.
The brief, “Future of the High Street”, challenges 25 second-year students to design an item of street furniture to provide genuine value to local communities up and down the UK.
The brief, set for the next generation of Product Designers, was given at Clear Channel’s London HQ this week.
Addressing ‘pain points’
Students were asked to consider how their design could address a genuine concern or pain point for the public, improve a citizen’s experience of the high street and tackle issues that communities face, as well as well as considering how their product can withstand heavy use from the public for years to come.
The best designs, which identify and help tackle issues society faces today, will be scrutinised by the Clear Channel team with the most viable, scalable and affordable, potentially being brought to life and being offered to local authorities as part of future contracts.
Rather than creating a product around a screen or advertising panel, the designers have free reign to create a product over the next seven weeks that best serves the public, in whatever form.
“Clear Channel has a long and well established history of building and maintaining ad-funded public infrastructure – we have a huge responsibility to the public and communities up and down the UK”, said Chief Investment Officer Will Ramage.
“As our world changes, so does our responsibility. I’m excited to see how the students approach the challenge and the unique ideas that they conceive, as well as helping to launch the careers of the product designers of tomorrow.”
Central St Martin’s BA Product Design promotes the belief product design solutions should meet the wants and needs of real people.