TESTIMONIALS

These competitions, when done professionally, are excellent for students, because they get the students and the design schools to think on many levels. One is realism: they actually got to design something for industrial design production. The second part is that they have the opportunity to see something realized and the third part is the agenda of working with a material, especially something like glass: on one hand it has been so much done, in the other hand there’s infinite opportunities... You can go on forever.

I just want to say I’m honored and I’m grateful that I got to help judge this competition and to meet some of the students here. What the Glassberries Awards is doing is fantastic! Obviously, it’s just going to grow and grow. And it’s a beautiful subject matter because glass is ecological, it’s sustainable, it goes on forever in a way. You break it, you grind it, it goes in a circle, it’s very cyclical. It’s a great material, and it’s a great agenda. It’s great that BA is doing this. Thank you!

KARIM RASHID
Designer
Glassberries Jury 2017

We could not believe it! When all the prizes were already given we thought: well, there are two options: they forgot about us or...okay, we are the winners! Even in this situation, we could not believe that we were about to win the Golden Glassberry. We were overwhelmed! Surrounded by important people and designers such as Karim Rashid, we felt the satisfaction of having our work recognized by them and by a company such as BA Glass. It brought us tons of emotions and, for a moment, we felt invincible.

That was one of the best days of our lives. But that’s not all! The time for the internship arrived and even though we were a little bit afraid in the beginning, it turned out to be one of our greatest experiences, learning every day new things about the glass industry and its market. Now that we are here, we feel that a 3 months internship is just too short.

KEVIN BLANCH
ADRIAN SOLDADO
Eina, Barcelona
Golden Glassberry 2017

Winning the Glassberriess Design Awards was a great surprise and a big and beautiful experience for us. Being appreciated by such a large company, that deals with production on such an enormous scale is crucial, especially for the young designers as we are.

During our internship, we had the opportunity to become acquainted with the real life workflow. We had to deal with daily problems, which we are not confronted while designing at the university.

It was a fantastic experience thanks to the people we had pleasure to cooperate with. Wonderful designers and other experts shared their experience and knowledge with us, at the same time treating us equally, as pears.

The opportunity that BA gives is the best reward we can have, because training pays off in the future.

SONIA KALANDYK
ANNA PIELESZ
Kraków Academy of Fine Arts
Golden Glassberry 2016

The Glassberries Design Awards was perhaps one of the best things that ever happened to me in life. I participated in the contest with the aim of challenging myself and doing something I had never done before; but never, in any circumstance, did I imagine that I could become a finalist, let alone one of the victors.

The Glassberries have me the opportunity to travel, to meet another country, another city and several fellow designers who share the same taste I have for design and the same ambition to take this passion as a career.

This job has been excellent for seeing and understanding the industrial process of a product from conception to production, as well for learning how to work as a team, how to respond to all challenges in the best possible way and last but not least important, to grow not only professionally but also as a person.

PAULO CASTRO
University of Aveiro
Golden Glassberry 2015

Who said that winning is not painful? Seeing 11 prizes being given out before ours is painful, extremely painful, but having our work being recognised by a company just as big and enhanced as BA Vidro is a great feeling of pride and self-accomplishment.

Everything became more real when I arrived on my first day of training and was encountered with a different reality from my academic world. I was absolutely astonished and this showed me what it is to work in the industrial universe.

LUÍS GOMES
University Beira Interior
Golden Glassberry 2014

It is absolutely overwhelming when you hear your name as being the first-prize winner to such a magnificent award, as Glassberries Awards is. Seeing your work being recognized by a company, within the glass industry and an international icon, such as BA, is beyond any shadow of a doubt, extremely rewarding. This, surely, grants you with a colossal motivation and aspiration to achieve more and better.

One may not forget that, inherent in being the first-prize winner, the maximum exponent of any designer, emerges. No, it’s not the trophy that I’m talking about! And as much as I try, it was not the trophy that took the anxiety away from me on that first day that I went out to “enjoy” the real prize. The truth is that I owe everything to BA Vidro, it was my first contact with the working world, and in a very affable and with all the patience of the entire world, they showed me the reality that involves industrial design. It was during my internship that I absorbed all the know-how, which at university is not taught, and thanks to each and every colleague of mine, who were kind enough to share their knowledge with me, you were the main reason for my success and professional performance.

TIAGO PINHEIRO
University of Aveiro
Golden Glassberry 2013

Since the beginning that the course Degree in Design from Universidade de Aveiro has dedicated its last year to the relation between the social and economic fabric, observing the implicit constraints. The collaboration with Barbosa e Almeida, through the Glassberries contests, have come along with many other partnerships and for many years.

What really interests us is the comprehension of differences and the identification of common features, if there are any. On the contrary to what some people may claim, universities should not respond uncritically to the industry requests, but should in fact convert questions into drawings, products, images into words. If it is not a dialogue, then it will not be worth the effort of communicating, neither for the university nor for the industrial fabric. If this relation is expected, it will die soon.

Is that the attitude, which proves the respect for the interlocutor, who has nourished the work, the learning, the education and the training? Creating partners more and less perennial. The results obtained in this edition of Glassberries 2013 are so positive, and are a consequence, as so surprising as predictable.

RUI COSTA
University of Aveiro
Designer and Assistant in the Communication and Art Department

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