The Innovative On-Board Design Solution award sponsored by Fusion, recognises the most creative innovations our industry has to offer - but what exactly is innovation, and why do some innovations stand out? IBI explores the concept with Arjen Jansen, a lecturer at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
If you had to name a standout innovation transforming our industry of late, most money would be on the hydrofoil. Candela has undoubtedly been one of the most successful in harnessing such technology with its C-7 and C-8 electric hydrofoils, earning the Swedish builder the accolade of joint winner – along with Sunseeker for the brilliantly conceived design of its 65 Sport Yacht SkyHelm – in the Innovative On-Board Design Solution category at last year’s Boat Builder Awards in Amsterdam.
Innovation has become one of the major buzzwords – we think we know it when we see it, but what exactly is innovation? IBI put the question to Arjen Jansen, a lecturer at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. One of the world’s leading design, engineering and technology learning establishments, its 3,000 students are taught a vast array of design disciplines from new apps for mobile phones to complete aeroplane interiors. “Anything you see around us could have been designed by one of our students!” Jansen tells IBI.