Industrial designer students at CPUT were treated to a free talk at a special DRAW session last week Friday, 7 November, when two Swedish Industrial Designers, Hans Tollin and Ralf Rosenberg, visited the university. The Swedish visitors aimed to increase the connection between Swedish design education and similar educations in South Africa.
The design duo have been working together for almost 40 years at their company Designkonsulterana in Gotherburg, Swededn. Their clients have been Swedish industries where they have worked on products such as trams, trains, busses, fork-lift trucks, products for the disabled, among others.
In the last 10 years, both members have also worked in the education sector. Ralf Rosenberg has been engaged as a lecturer at Chalmers Technical University in Gothenburg, responsible for the Master’s program in Industrial Design Engineering. Hans Tollin has worked as a lecturer and supervisor at HDK (School of Design and crafts at the University of Gothenburg.
The special DRAW session took place at Roeland Street and the speakers gave students insight into the industrial design industry from a Swedish perspective. They discussed how Scandinavian design is well known around the world as a functional related way of design by describing cases from their own business and experience.