Industrial Design alumnus Duncan Shotton has raised almost £50,000 via the Kickstarter website (far exceeding his original goal of £12,000) to develop a range of pencils made from recycled paper. The Rainbow effect comes when the pencils are sharpened, creating beauty out of otherwise discarded pencil shavings.
Duncan currently runs his own small design studio in Tokyo, and says that the ‘cute’ aspect of many of his designs is a much more important factor in Japan than in to western markets. Other examples of his work include his popular Real Boy drawing pins inspired by Pinocchio.
He cites his time at Brunel University as very important to his career development. While exhibiting at Made in Brunel, he met the design director of award winning design consultancy Kinneir Dufort, where he was to spend his first four years after graduation. Of the course overall Duncan said: