Launch Pad

Stage 1.

The Launch Pad - Great North Museum

Launch Pad

Welcome to the Launch Pad – Stage One of the Northern Design Quest. Allowing you to walk in a designer’s shoes. Follow the challenges set and complete the design process where you will finally launch your product concept.

At the Launchpad you will discover some of the amazing products that have been created in the North. Some, you will be familiar with, and some may surprise you.

We all know about Stephenson’s Rocket and Rowntree’s chocolate, but did you know that Tommee Tippee design all their baby products in Cramlington, or that Mama’s and Papa’s is a family run business that started in Huddersfield, or that Mecanno was invented in Liverpool by Frank Hornby.

This journey through design will let you explore hundreds of different products that were brought to life by people and companies in the North, and let you peek behind the scenes to see how they were created.

But best of all - you get to do that too.

This is your chance to follow in the footsteps of George Stephenson, or Frank Hornby (yes, he also invented model trains) to create, develop and launch your own product.


Great North Museum

Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PT