UID student wins Gold at BEST 2012


Alastair Warren (New Zealand), a student at the Masters programme of Advanced Product Design at UID, won Gold with his Breathe.Easy concept in the student category of the Best Design Awards, arranged by The Designers Institute of New Zealand. The competition aims to promote and award the best graphic, interactive, product and spatial design by New Zealanders.

The concept Breathe.Easy, is a proposal for the next generation of personal asthma management. Asthma is caused by a chronic state of inflammatory airways. Diseases and conditions related to inflammatory airways are believed to affect more than 300 million people worldwide.

Alastair developed his concept Breathe.Easy during the Strategic Design project: The Aerocrine Project, which was carried out in collaboration with Aerocrine a medical technology company based in Stockholm.
This year's win completed a hat-trick for Alastair since he last year won both a Silver and Bronze in BEST 2011.

Alastair is presently doing an internship at IDEO in San Francisco, USA.