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Eye Candy Eyewear Design Competition 2016: Vote now


The final entries are in for the Eye Candy Eyewear Design Competition – vote for your favourite design for the chance to win a $400 Health Partners Optical voucher.

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University of South Australia design students are competing in the Eye Candy Eyewear Design Competition for the chance to have their unique eyewear manufactured in Australia.

All the designs are being exhibited in the shopfront at Health Partners Optical at 101 Pirie Street in the city.

See the entries below, accompanied by the designers’ explanation of their vision…


Joker by Juncheng (Kevin) Xie

Eye Comp 2016 Joker

The lives of young people are inundated with electronics. Social activities seem to fade away. Everyone lives a similarly boring and indolent life. Joker glasses deliver the individuality of youth, with an “exaggerated” design and a rich combination of colors and materials, creating a prominent personality.

The ideas of Joker glasses are from my study and work, as well as my adoration for restoring ancient ways, especially those in 1960s, an age of innocence and full of hope. “Do your own thing” was a fashionable statement at that time. It means I follow my own path, and I do what I want to do without any sense of guilt. This is part of my design language and has been merged into the design of glasses.

Mickey Tee by Michael Summers

Eye Comp 2016 Mickey Tee

This range lets you customise your frames, and includes alternate colours and a selection of materials. The zip tie hinge allows you to adjust the frames and also change the temples easily without the need to take the frames in to an optical outlet in order to adjust them.

I thrive on the challenges that come with designing new products and love learning about new materials, processes and how they have the ability to change the aesthetics, the experience and interaction the user has. The Mickey Tee Imports have been inspired by the Japanese car scene and the culture that exists around building and customising cars in Japan.

Munford by John W R Nicholl

Eye Comp 2016 Munford

Dreams are the future. Had the dreams of our ancestors been different, the world might be a different place. A world where steam-powered machinery fuelled our lives and the elegance of function created the forms of our products. Materials bent and warped to the will of humankind would see an efficient a durable range of products. Built to last and endure the test of time as if to transcend past reality and into the realms of myth and legend.

This world is at a point where products we create must adapt to different ways of living. I intend to be a part of that change.

Wood and Mood by Jiaoyang Li

Eye Comp 2016 Wood and Mood

The use of natural and simple materials symbolises peace in a noisy world and the retro style explores laser cutting and hand carving wood.

I’ve designed a series of creative concept products and gadgets with a design concept that is ‘brief but not simple, simple but not easy’. The principal of the design shows sacred minimalism.

BLINK by Lauren Williams

Eye Comp 2016 Blink

Created by CNC milling from sheet material, with features and frame that can also be created from 3D print with the choice of metal or plastic print and are interchangeable. Colours can be swapped to match clothing, allowing the glasses to double as an accessory.

As an industrial designer, I have a strong focus on creating useable products with clean and interesting designs. I think designs should be created in a way that best achieves the user’s goals but doesn’t neglect the look and feel of the product.

The Mazda Glasses by Michael DiMonte

Eye Comp 2016 Mazda

Using Kodo design language as a way to distinguish from mainstream and incorporate a sense of presence not seen in the design of most rimless glasses. The temples are designed to fold completely flat; the bridge is designed to eliminate the need for nose-pads.

My background in joinery and carpentry and a strong interest in many areas of design including cars, tech, and furniture help me create a well-rounded approach to design based on knowledge in materials and manufacturing, broad idea generation, and good design communication skills.

Jeffrey by Patrick Ciancio

Eye Comp 2016 Jeffrey

My design persona is ‘Jeffrey’. He is a uni student in Adelaide who doesn’t wear his glasses too often and only when he needs to read or when he is doing his architecture homework. He wants a pair of glasses that express his style – distinct, strong geometrical shape, contrasting materials and clever details.

My design aesthetic strives to highlight the use of raw materials using geometric and strong shapes.

Natural by Araceli Silva

Eye Comp 2016 Natural

Inspired by 70’s form and scale, these frames make a bold yet humble statement and are for both prescription and sunglasses use. I experimented with chemically reactive materials new to me and blended them with natural materials, sourced by hand. The flexible making process enables each piece to be unique and one of a kind and gives the freedom to personalize every outcome.

I am influenced by the details that surprise everyone, relishing the pleasure provided by well thought out and balanced aesthetics and the practicality in the way these designs function that both complements and utilizes their features. My aim was to create a product that’s design is both dependent on its direct contact and personal relationship to the wearer.

Pendant by Hannah Jordan

Eye Comp 2016 Pendant

The major aspect of my work is art deco jewellery design with geometric shapes and gem embellishments in a symmetrical pattern. The fold up design is to give a unique feel to the glasses and makes it more practical when wearing them as a pendant. They’re designed to look good around your neck as well as on your face.

I’m a humble person, growing up in a country town surrounded by nature and in small towns where everyone knows everyone. Having a change of destination and moving to the city to study design has brought my attention to improving the world by design. I have always found inspiration from the past in the Art Deco era, modernism and minimalism.

A sporting business by Sam Hastie

Eye Comp 2016 Sporting Business

Blending sport and business was key. The clip on sunglass attachment allows the user to own one pair of glasses to suit life at work and during exercise. The frame material choice is clean and minimal, featuring both brushed aluminium and titanium. The addition of semi soft rubber around the bridge and temples tips, offer a conforming and comfortable experience.


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