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British designers target bar violence

Posted by Christopher Shea  February 9, 2010 11:07 AM

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British industrial designers are tackling a grim subset of alcohol-related violence: so-called glassing injuries, caused when a pint glass is smashed against someone's head or body. One hundred such injuries are reported to police each weekend, and, judging from hospital admissions, seven times that number may go unreported.

As part of a government-and-industry project called Design Out Crime, the firm Design Bridge has developed two prototype pint glasses intended to make pub violence less lethal. (Plastic pint glasses are an obvious option, but drinkers find them gauche.) In the first, a thin film of resin would be affixed to the inside of every glass. In the second, resin would be used to bind two thin layers of glass to each another. In both cases, the glasses become much more sturdy and, when they do break, they break like windshields, with the glass remaining bound together in small bits--no dangerous shards.

As a bonus, the resin would provide new "branding opportunities": logos and slogans printed on it would be shielded from wear and tear.

The problem

glasses-twinwall.jpgThe "twin wall" solution

(Photo and images: Design Council)

Via Fast Company
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