Welcome to the Northern Design Quest, your chance to walk in the shoes of a designer and create the next best product to make travel easier, more interesting, or more accessible.
Each stage of the Quest will take you through a stage in the design process to help you develop a product from your idea.

At the final stage of the quest you get to showcase your idea beside 5 iconic Northern products, and then submit your product for the chance of winning some great prizes.

THE LAUNCH PAD

At the Launch pad (Great North Museum) you will see some of the amazing products that were created in the North. Some you will be familiar with, and some may surprise you.

THE IDEAS LAB

At the Ideas Lab (Ellison building) you will learn all about creative thinking and the different ways that you can come up with lots of ideas. Because they won’t all be good ones so you need plenty to choose from.

THE RESEARCH STATION

At the Research Station (Newcastle Library) you will carry out research in our ideas to see which ones will work the best, and maybe even which ones you could patent.

THE MARKETING SUITE

At the Marketing Suite (Toffee Factory) you will work on your favourite product idea, thinking about why people would use it and how it will help them.

THE WORKSHOP

At the Workshop (Toffee Factory) you can build a model of your product idea, and start to see it come to life.

THE DESIGN STUDIO

At the Design Studio (Northern Design Centre) you will create a distinctive brand and logo for your product.

THE SHOWCASE

Finally at the Product Showcase (Northern Design Centre) you will get to display your product, alongside five other iconic products that came from the North.

THE BRIEF

Come up with an idea for something that makes travelling around more enjoyable, makes it easier, safer, more accessible or just more fun. This could be for when you are on the bus, train or metro, in the car, on your bike or just walking around.