Made In Brunel

Over The Years

Every year since 2006 Made in Brunel has giving itself a fresh rebrand o reflect its current design students and their values. The annual rebrand is done by the new MiB teams, who create new merchandise, event programs, and produce the new book to catalogue the years work, as well as running our renowned end-of-year Graduate Showcase in Central London.

And every year we get better, taking the reins from our predecessors and building on their successes.

2006
2006

Made in Brunel

2006 marks the 200th anniversary of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s birthday and the 40th anniversary of the award of Brunel University’s Royal Charter. This double anniversary gave us the chance to celebrate the values of innovation and entrepreneurship embodied in the name of Brunel and to launch our new brand. Sixty students from the School of Engineering and Design have balanced the academic commitments of their final year to ensure that Made in Brunel is professionally executed. This determined core of students had the enthusiasm and passion to promote the talents of Brunel.

2007
2007

Making Our Mark

A quick glimpse at the newspapers, or the odd minute or two in front of the television, quickly fills the eyes and ears with great and exciting stories of our changing economic landscape, of globalisation, of new complexities, of multiethnicity and of opportunity. Gone appear to be the days of the endless rows of factories with their smoking chimneys, dangerous machines and crowded human masses. The new century has brought a more diverse economic landscape, something of a return to the past, with the individual-artisan benefiting from numerous and profitable opportunities for fulfilling her or his human potential as part of an economic network which spans the now small globe. The designer in London is sending her sketches to her friend, the prototyper in Italy, who is sending production drawings to his contact the manufacturer in Malaysia, who is sending his production batch to a distributor in Russia, who is offering the final packaged product to the European public. The world is small, the information is great, and the situation is summarised for many people by the buzzwords “innovation” and “creative industries”.

2008
2008

08

Made in Brunel 2008 builds on the reputation of its predecessors “Innovation 2006” and “Making Our Mark 2007”, projects that established a global reputation for communicating some of the best of undergraduate student engineering and design innovation. The 2008 team set out to enhance this reputation by bringing a level of consistency and warmth of tone to our communication at every touchpoint. This philosophy was unveiled at our launch and emphasises our focus this year on how we communicate with each other and in how we tell our own story to visitors at the show, through the website and to you as the reader of this book. The future has been the underlying focus of the work of the team both personally and on behalf of the project.

2009
2009

Thinking Out Loud

In its essence Thinking Out Loud is about people, fun and innovation. It showcases our fresh, forward-thinking approach to generating solutions to real life problems. At its core Thinking Out Loud is focused on the individuality and thought process contained within each project. Although each project may focus on a specific area of thinking, collectively Thinking Out Loud represents a wide range of ideas, thoughts, and viewpoints. The common denominator across all these ideas is that our thinking becomes tangible, we realise our thoughts and we communicate new concepts through a wide variety of media and technologies. Thinking Out Loud also highlights our role in the future of design, engineering, and multimedia. By sharing our thoughts on contemporary issues, we firmly place ourselves at the forefront of the next generation of design practitioners.

2010
2010

250 Innovative Ideas

Innovation that works is the key to success. Innovation is rarely easy, and it certainly is not something that we are all born with, but when you have the sort of mind that can rise to its challenge then life is exciting, the world is full of challenges, and everyone can see the significance of change. Innovation is the life blood of the world I live in, Formula One; it is the key to all progress, both here and in the wider world. Made in Brunel is an innovation brand; it is a brand of young, creative, and practical thinkers who have a zest for creativity and innovation.

2011
2011

The Colour of Innovation

Business is built on the vision of innovative thinkers. It is people that make great businesses and I have always been passionate about encouraging and advising people who have there are gift of being business-oriented innovators. Made in Brunel is the incubation platform for a new generation of innovative thinkers. I am a great believer in promoting the very best of British science, technology and innovation in the UK and Brunel exemplifies this. It is one of our finest universities, with a philosophy of developing creative and practical ideas with commercial objectives. Made in Brunel is a unique project that represents inspired, educated, and motivated people; three words that should underpin all pioneering ventures.

2012
2012

Journeys- Fuelled by Ideas

This year was filled with so many journeys of discovery, journeys of intellectual depth, journeys of technical ingenuity, journeys of creative elegance and journeys of visionary thinking. New ideas evolve along journeys made by creative thinkers. It is not just about the destination, but the progression of both people and projects.

2013
2013

Out of the Blue

Nothing short of exciting, refreshing, infuriating, unexpected, and completely out of the blue.

This year our aim was to really show the individuality and personality of each student, introduce the world to the people behind the work. Made in Brunel enables us to tell our story, express ourselves and convey ourselves and convey our passion for what we do, it is for that reason we felt that this year, we'd mix things up.

2014
2014

Only the Beginning

We are Made in Brunel, and this is Only the Beginning

This is our chance for us to exhibit ourselves as professional problem solvers; to show we are not afraid to ask questions, to challenge existing solutions and change the way people think. We constantly push ourselves to learn and improve, we want to have an impact, we want to be different, and we want to bring change.

2016
2016

Breaking Ground

To initiate a new venture; advance beyond previous achievements.

We have been fortunate enough to embark upon this opportunity to learn and communicate to the world what Made in Brunel means to us and that we can change the world through the power of good design. A collection of ground breaking ideas and innovative solutions.

2017
2017

Redefining []

We are Redefining [Made in Brunel]

As designers, we aim to redefine every project we undertake. We constantly question everything, make new definitions, and look at everything we do with a fresh outlook. Just like us, the blank space in our tagline represents the opportunity to challenge the norm, and produce some unique and innovative things.

2018
2018

Emerging

The next generation of design innovation

Our identity encapsulates how we as a year group have grown, developing into an eclectic group of designers who are ready to help shape the design industry.

2019
2019

Futures

It is our designers who can dictate what lies ahead. Alternative, progressive, responsible.

In one respect, we can understand ‘Futures’ as the multiple futures we can create. However, ‘Futures’ also has a profound link to our environment. We are in a generation teetering on the edge of environmental tipping points. We are in the position to influence which path of causality humanity will go down. We have a drive to fix the problems of the past that have been created by bad design.And finally, it is ‘Futures’ because we design with foresight. We must predict problems and offer alternative solutions even before the cracks have begun to show.

2020
2020

We Are

We Are Made in Brunel

2020 has been a very different year. The COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown it caused in March meant that, for the first time in the history of Brunel Design, the final year students were not able to complete their major project prototypes in the departmental workshops and, as a first since Made in Brunel was launched in 2006, the exhibition could not be held in the physical world. It was under these circumstances that our strong culture of collaboration made all the difference. This year we became ‘We Are Made in Brunel’, bringing the focus back to us, the students that empower it.

2021
2021

Above the Fold

A front page story

Printing a new chapter in the Made in Brunel story, Above the Fold was created. It could not have been done without the grit and resilience of this year's team. Following on from the years before us, the team have faced many challenges, adapting to host the first online launch, merchandise shop, sketch off and 24hour design challenge. We were also proud to debut the Made in Brunel Podcast, and the Bake Off. Through all the hard work we have gained an understanding of the collaborative community at Brunel. As a cohort we have a drive and passion to succeed together by encouraging success, but also supporting each other through adversity by building relationships in a tough time and offering a shoulder in an otherwise isolated year.

2022
2022

Blueprints

Made in Brunel holds the Blueprints to our futures

Blueprints were first used in 1842 as a reproduction of technical drawings, generated by contact printing on light sensitive sheets. They can be produced indefinitely to communicate an idea through the means of universally understood symbols and structures. Good communication is crucial to materialising ideas, beginning as a passing thought or small sketch. Through the use of old fashioned pen and paper to advanced digital applications, it remains an important part of our design process. We show pride in presenting our ideas and accomplishments, using the end of year book as a platform to share our work. Students of the Brunel Design School are universally recognised by industry professionals as technically competent, creative, and practical thinkers. We have evolved with the times, like blueprints have adapted to technological advances. Blueprints represent the hard work behind our polished designs and individual journeys of discovery and growth.

2023
2023

Cutting Edge

Cutting a slice into our brand story, we will carve out our values and highlight how we intend to bring them to fruition this year.

The values that Cutting Edge have chosen reflect not only what we want Made in Brunel to represent this year, but also the most important aspects to the team.

We keep the values at our core, so that we can reflect upon decisions made for the brand and ensure the work we produce stays true to what we stand for.