Winners of the 2018 RSA Student Design Awards announced

‘Living nature’ fabric, an inclusive kitchen hob guard and a wearable, breathable insulin pump were among the winning innovations

Winners of the 2018 RSA Student Design Awards announced

The winners of the 94th annual RSA Student Design Awards have been announced, showcasing the latest in innovation from students and recent graduates. 

There were 20 winners announced for the 2018 competition, selected across eight design briefs aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Topics included designing solutions that used ‘advanced textiles’ to improve well-being, solving the issue of financial exclusion, and creating an accessible and multigenerational kitchen. 

The RSA received entries from students studying in 27 countries across four continents, and from over 130 different courses. From that, 78% of entries were from UK-based students.

Highlighted winners from the RSA include “InterWeave”, a living nature fabric that allows people to wear plants and turn “nature into an everyday, essential item. The design was created by Gabriella De Rosa from Goldsmiths University, who won the Placement at Kinneir Dufort Award.

Gabriella De Rosa, Goldsmiths UniversityCredit: Gabriella De Rosa, Goldsmiths University

“Pan Stop” was created by Tim Chapman from the University of Nottingham. The flame-proof silicone guard for electric and induction hobs prevents the problem of hot food spilling into the laps of people in wheelchairs. It also serves to boost the confidence of visually impaired users and those with poor mobility. Mr Chapman won the Office for Disability Issues Award of £1000

Tim Chapman, University of NottinghamCredit: Tim Chapman, University of Nottingham

One of the winners from the ‘Fair Play’ category was “PolyPoly” (header image) - a rebranded and repackaged monopoly board game that sought to reduce waste and inform players how to environmentally friendly. The idea, created by Shannon Williamson from Sheffield Hallam University, won the Marketing Trust Award of £2000.

Over £32,000 in cash prizes and paid industrial placements have been awarded to the winning entrants.

All 20 winners and a list of commended projects in each category can be found here

To view all eight briefs, and accompanying explanations, you can find them here


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