Humber students brought home gold in each category of the Design Exchange’s newly established CONNECT EnAbling Change Post-Secondary Design Competition. The provincial, postsecondary design competition emphasizes the importance of universal and accessible design principles across all disciplines.
Humber teams placed first, second and third in both the product design and experiential design categories. The competition received more than 100 submissions.
Danny Pinzin, a third-year Industrial Design student, was the big winner at the awards ceremony. Pinzin’s teams won gold in each category of the competition.
“There were some long nights of graphic design, SolidWorks modeling, and concept writing,” explained Pinzin. “It’s good to know the hard work paid off.”
The winning entry in the product category was a portable misting station designed to be used by people of all abilities, including those in wheelchairs and with diminished vision. In the experiential category, Pinzin’s team designed a highly accessible “drinking water delivery system”.
Al Spencer, director, Outreach and Compliance, Accessibility Directorate of Ontario, was impressed with how diverse and creative the Humber submissions were.
“The projects were fresh and innovative, “ said Spencer. “It’s clear that Humber students are being taught to think outside the box.”
Humber College winners include:
1ST Place – Luisa Garcia, Didar Kurshun, Jacob Migneault, Danny Pinzin, Sonia Skwarka
2ND Place – Theresa Pilon, Amir Samimi, Trevor Rowland-Brown, Dana Wakabayashi, Lindsay Gowan
3RD Place – Kayt Lucas, Ryan Taylor, Mitch Harder, Ian Cameron
1ST Place – Sarah Brown, Wes Campbell, Jennie Cousins, Danny Pinzin
2ND Place – Reece Bennett, Chloe Goldberg, Natalya Kulagina, Daniel Moscatel, Rick Reininger
3RD Place – Shannon Morrison, Kat Velez, Jason Trauzzi, Marco Tortorici, Brent Vanderwoude