A computer model of the base designed by Middlesex students for Moritz Waldemeyer's Equalizer project
Students from the Design Engineering and Maths department at Middlesex University recently worked with acclaimed designer Moritz Waldemeyer on an interactive display for the EditToronto 2017 exhibition at Canada’s Design Exchange. Edit Toronto is a cutting-edge expo for Design, Innovation and Technology.
Equalizer is an LED forest designed by Moritz, which displays rates of taxation for low-income, middle class and high-income households. Visitors can change the display using a touch screen monitor to see how economic policy impacts social equality.
"Employers know that our graduates can work under pressure and to a high standard as they have already worked with one of the best in the industry," Debbie Jedwab, Senior Lecturer in Product Design
Ali Javed became involved in the project after working with Moritz on another project for BMW. For the Equalizer project, he was part of the team making the bases which held and powered the LED components
“We designed the bases and cut the prototypes at the University,” says Ali.
“Many changes to the design and weight were made to satisfy the budget and aesthetics.
“I’ve bettered myself in teamwork and working with real world clients, and learnt how to deal with issues that can and will occur on big projects.”
Chibuike Okpaluba also worked on the project after a trip to see Moritz’s studio organized by senior lecturer Debbie Jedwab.
“I experienced a typical product design cycle from within the industry,” he says.
“We stuck to real-world design and cost requirements, and I believe this experience will reshape my project mindsets.”
Moritz and Middlesex
(image right: visitors to the exhibition at EditToronto 2017)
Moritz has worked with Middlesex students before and is once again pleased with the outcome.
“I have always found them to be professional and conscientious,” he says.
“I hope to be able to offer other opportunities to the University as we already have a long-standing link through Debbie Jedwab”
Debbie Jedwab, Senior Lecturer in Product Design says real-world projects give students invaluable experience before they start their professional lives.
“It’s very important for our students to have live projects to work on whilst they are still at University.
“In the past, having Moritz’s name on their CVs has impressed potential employers and helped our students to find jobs, as then employers know that our graduates can work under pressure and to a high standard as they have already worked with one of the best in the industry.”
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