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June 29, 2010 – 9:33 pm

Back to the drawing board

- Posted in Company News, Competitons, Polystyrene Uses, Videos by Fran

Artist drawings on a styrofoam cup by Cheeming Boey

Artistic drawings on a styrofoam cup by Cheeming Boey

The first spark of an idea or that sudden light-bulb moment usually involves scribbling a sketch and writing it down somewhere. Whether it’s a creative drawing or inventive concept we like to put pen to paper, to make sure we don’t loose the train of thought. This is the the beginning of design and many feel that it is a very important element that drives innovation and ultimately helps the economy.

Cheeming Boey has found a unique way to display his creative designs by using a marker pen to decorate disposable polystyrene coffee cups. Yes, it’s unusual and it appears to be successful judging from the quantity and variety of his designs.

But you don’t have to be artistic and to be able to draw on styrofoam cups to bring your idea to life, sometimes you just need a place to do it and some simple materials.
That’s the idea behind ‘Make Night’ held in the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin on Pearse Street. You can go along and make anything you like, with other “makers” doing the same. Basically sharing ideas, materials, tools and having fun making stuff for both young and old.
If your idea is a little bigger and needs a bit more space, you should get inspiration from watching the video below. Using simple digital cameras, duct tape, polystyrene and a balloon, Colin Rich got to the edge of space and he has the pictures to prove it.

So, if you have an idea no matter how wacky or crazy, get the pencil and notepad out and get back to the drawing board and make it work. If you need some polystyrene give us a call :-)

Post a Comment


  1. Claire Boyles

    Posted June 30, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    That video is SO awesome!

    Sounds like a great night too!

  2. Fran

    Posted June 30, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the comment Claire.
    That was my thought when I came across it and knew I had to include it in a blog post. I love the fact that Colin & his team didn’t give up after the first try and are even working on a Pacific Star III. The polystyrene apparently is acting as packaging and as an insulator, the fact that it is lightweight also helps.
    I hope to get to one of the ‘Make Nights’ in the science gallery and make something that doesn’t involve styrofoam ;-)