New Designers 2017 Part 2 – Associate Prize winners announced

Posted in Events, News on 10 July, 2017

New Designers Associate Prizes were awarded to ten deserving graduate designers exhibiting in Part 2 of New Designers 2017, across the following disciplines: Furniture, Product & Industrial Design, Spatial Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation and Motion & Digital Arts.

 The winning projects included Little Heroes by Sophie Copley’s, a superhero children’s hospital garment designed to replace the traditional hospital gown and reduce patient anxiety during day care surgery and Joyn by Karyn Chu, a minimalist lamp that encourages social interaction and bonding at the same time as delivering the health benefits of light therapy.

 Sarah Monk, Director of New Designers, said: “There’s such a wealth of brilliant ideas at this year’s New Designers that our judges have been spoilt for choice. We’re hugely grateful to our sponsors for their generous support in recognising these talented individuals and providing them with such fantastic opportunities as they take the first steps into their creative careers.” 

The New Designers 2017 Associate Awards winners in Part 2 are:

New Designers Foundry Associate Prize

Winner: Karyn Chu (below)

New Designers 2017

Title of work: Joyn

Description of work: A minimalist lamp with organic elements. Joyn encourages social interaction and bonding at the same time as delivering the health benefits of light therapy. Joyn is made using bamboo and 3D printed PLA.

University / College / Stand no: Product Design MDes (Hons), Coventry University, FP4

Winner’s comment: “It’s wonderful to be awarded the New Designers Foundry Associate Prize. I am pleased to get recognition from a lighting design company when this is an area I have always wanted to work in. I am looking forward to doing my three month work placement at Foundry and this will be a great chance to work with a talented and collaborative team.”

Judges’ citation: “Karyn demonstrated a passion for lighting, gave a clear and concise delivery of product presentation and design process, which was backed up by in-depth research. She displayed an understanding of how light and lighting can influence mood, wellbeing and surroundings.”

Prize: The prize consists of £500 cash and a 3 month work placement at Foundry.

New Designers Innovate – Helping Inventors Associate Prize

Winner: Alan Rallings (below)

New Designers 2017

Title of work: Cyclopic

Description of work: An innovative folding bike concept that could be developed into a commuter bike. One wheel folds inside the other making this folding bike extremely compact.

University / College / Stand no: Engineering Product Design BSc (Hons), Southbank University, FP51

Winner’s comment: “Winning this prize shows that it’s never too late to learn and go forward.  Hope that winning this award is going to help me bring my prototype into production. I’ve always wanted to bring an invention to market which is why I decided to go to university after working for 40 years in aircraft engineering.”

Judges’ citation: “This product had multiple inventive features that combined to solve an increasingly relevant transport problem with huge market potential.”

Prize: The Prize is a four weeks placement in a busy product design studio and includes £200 per week subsistence payment

New Designers Johnson Tiles Associate Prize

Winner: Darwin Simmonds (below)

New Designers 2017

Title of work: Playful Aesthetics

Description of work: Slip cast ceramics that use childhood nostalgia to inject fun language into the home.

University / College / Stand no: 3D Design and Craft BA(Hons), University of Brighton, FP29

Winner’s comment: I hope to learn from my placement at Johnson Tiles and hope that this will help me get my foot in the door and get a job in this industry.

Judges’ citation: “We loved Darwin’s strong colour awareness and bold playful aesthetic approach. His striking geometric forms, craftsmanship, and glazing techniques intrigued us.”

Prize: Johnson Tiles is offering a £500 cash prize alongside an opportunity to work with the team at Johnson tiles, London, for one week placement.

New Designers Talking Tables Associate Prize

Winner: Ellise Wilkinson (below)

New Designers 2017

Title of work: Ellise Wilkinson Illustration and Graphics

Description of work: Innovative food packaging concepts that redesign basic products to make them more interactive and playful for the consumer

University / College / Stand no: Illustration BA (Hons), Cambridge School of Art – Anglia Ruskin University, VC5

Winner’s comment: “It has been such an amazing experience, speaking to people who share your passion and to be awarded this once in a lifetime opportunity is beautiful thing that I will never forget.”

Judges’ citation: “An exceptional example of innovation and design applied in a commercial way. This is a confident and articulate presentation of her work and influences.”

Prize: Talking Tables is offering the winning candidate a 3 month internship at our head office in SW London. During their placement the candidate will get an insight into the life cycle of a product, with particular emphasis on design and product development.

New Designers Gleeds Associate Prize

Winner: Sophie Copley (below)

New Designers 2017

Title of work: Little Heroes

Description of work: A superhero children’s hospital garment designed alongside patients and staff at UCL Hospital to reduce patient anxiety.

University / College / Stand no: BSc Product Design, Brunel University, FP46

Winner’s comment: “I owe a huge thanks to Gleeds for giving me the opportunity to go on placement and help further the project.”

Judges’ citation: “Sophie’s design of the Little Heroes hospital garments demonstrates a highly creative and commercially viable approach to a particular need – improving the patient experience and putting a smile on their faces! Above all, Sophie showed true professionalism and personality – and a passion for her product.”

Prize: A £250 cash prize to support the development of your design career/product development, alongside an opportunity to see how design is applied within the construction industry at Gleeds HQ.


New Designers Society of Artists Agents New Talent in Illustration Associate Prize

Winner: Sophie Melissa (below)

New Designers 2017

Title of work: Sophie Melissa Illustration and Design

Description of work: Graphic illustration with bold colours exploring package design, editorial and conceptual themes

University / College / Stand no: Illustration BA (Hons), Falmouth University, VC22

Winner’s comment: “It’s such an incredible opportunity to have been given the chance to get my work seen by so many agents and professionals in the industry.”

Judges’ citation: “Sophie displays a mature and consistent portfolio which would lend itself to a range of commercial applications. Her use of colour and texture, along with strong ideas adds a level of confidence and integrity.”

Prize: This award will be given to a graduate specialising in Illustration who creates fresh and inspiring work. The prize will be six months trial representation by one of the SAA’s member agents which will include mentoring and career development.

New Designers London Design Fair Associate Prize

Winner: Mark Laban (below)

New Designers 2017

Title of work: Rustic Stool 2.0 series

Description of work: A series of digitally crafted rustic stools, created using a CNC machine.

University / College / Stand no: N/A – One Year On section

Winner’s comment: “I am beyond grateful to have been awarded this prize. I would like to build on the work that I have been doing. This will also give me the opportunity to exhibit at London Design Fair 2017; a massive platform that I didn’t expect to have at this stage in my career.

Judges’ citation: “Mark’s application of craft in the digital age resonated strongly with us, and the precise rustic aesthetic”
Prize: “Our prize will be a complimentary 6sqm stand at London Design Fair 2017 to allow you to present your brand and selected product launches to our 27,000 trade visitors, industry press and design-savvy consumers.”


New Designers Material Lab Associate Prize

Winner: Sam Lander (below)

New Designers 2017

Title of work: Whirligig

Description of work: Processed using centrifugal force to produce mixed material furniture. Materials used include concrete and expandable foam. The use of expandable foam takes away the stigma attached to concrete.

University / College / Stand no: BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design, Manchester School of Art, FP 28

Winner’s comment: “I would like to thank Tom Mills and all the guys at If So Do So for putting up with my concrete at their studio. I’m very grateful to have won the Prize. In the long run, I hope to benefit from working with Material Lab, through their expertise and support as well as getting more exposure for my work.”

Judges’ citation: “Innovative and unique material, this projects demonstrates a creative take on traditional concrete designs. New colourful and lightweight, it is a great possibility for commercial and retail applications”

Prize: The winner will receive £500 to support the development of their design, a two week placement opportunity and the prospect of showcasing their designs at Material Lab.


New Designers Condor x Cycle Show Associate Prize

Winner:  Hinton (below)

New Designers 2017

Title of work: Ox Pak

Description of work: Ox Pak is a mountain bike harness system that allows the user to carry the bike up difficult ascents hand-free.

University / College / Stand no: Product Design, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, FP5

Winner’s comment: “I like to thank all the tutors and technicians who helped to make the project possible. It’s a big surprise and I’m really happy to have won this award. The contacts I will make from winning this prize will provide me with an extended network of resources and hopefully this will allow me to put my product into production.”

Judges’ citation: Jack’s design met his own brief, with an elegant, simple and viable solution.

Prize: The prize given includes a £200 cash prize to support the development of your design career/product development, alongside an opportunity to meet the head office team to discuss your product and design ambitions.

The New Designers Marketing Store Associate Prize

Winner: Lucy Cooper (below)

New Designers 2017

Title of work: Lucy Cooper Design

Description of work: A selection of graphic design works including a reimagined Rolling Stones poster derived from hand-drawn illustrations.

University / College / Stand no: Advertising Graphic Design Illustration / Swansea College of Art / VC67

Winner’s comment:I’m very overwhelmed and grateful to be surrounded by such an amazing community of creative people. I hope winning this award will help me secure a job and meet likeminded people within the creative industry”

Judges’ citation: “Graphics went beyond initial visual impact to create an emotional response and hinted at the experience to be had. Also the quality of the ‘mark’ making was excellent”

Prize: The successful designer will have an opportunity to choose a mentor within the business to support with your ongoing career within the industry. On top of this you will have the opportunity to join us over the summer on a work placement, shadowing various members of the design and creative team for up to 4 weeks.

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