February 11, 2014 | London

Design Ventura – winners of design competition for young people announced

Coming up with a ‘handy’, well-designed product for under 10 pounds – over 6,000 students rose to the challenge of this year’s competition theme organized by the Design Museum and supported by Deutsche Bank.

View this year's shortlisted entries

Sliderz by Weald of Kent Grammar School

Winners 2013: Sliderz by Weald of Kent Grammar School

Winners 2013: Sliderz by Weald of Kent Grammar School – British-themed tube squeezers.

Pop Stop by Queensbridge School

Pop Stop by Queensbridge School

Pop Stop by Queensbridge School – a stopper for closing half full drinks cans.

Steam’sy by St Alban’s Catholic High School

Steam’sy by St Alban’s Catholic High School

Steam’sy by St Alban’s Catholic High School – a pyramid-shaped papyrus food steamer.

Plug Pull by Vyners School

Plug Pull by Vyners School

Plug Pull by Vyners School – an aid for pulling electrical plugs out of wall sockets.

Handy Holder by St Aidan’s CofE High School

Handy Holder by St Aidan’s CofE High School

Handy Holder by St Aidan’s CofE High School – a hand cushion when carrying heavy bags.

Wrap’N’Snap by Lea Valley High School

Wrap’N’Snap by Lea Valley High School

Wrap’N’Snap by Lea Valley High School – animal-themed straps for organizing cables.

Hammer Helper by Brighton College

Hammer Helper by Brighton College

Hammer Helper by Brighton College – a safety aid for hammering in nails.

Linear by St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Grammar School

Linear by St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Grammar School

Linear by St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Grammar School – a wallet crafted with a laser technique.

The Roll Out Case by Copthall School

The Roll Out Case by Copthall School

The Roll Out Case by Copthall School – a magnetic stationery organizer made from fair-trade fabric.

Skyline Stencils

Skyline Stencils by Ursuline High School

Skyline Stencils by Ursuline High School – a series of stencils of London landmark buildings.

The winning team will now have the chance to work with a professional product design agency to fully develop and manufacture their product, which will be placed on sale in the Design Museum shop later this year.

Organized by the Design Museum in London, Design Ventura enables young people from age 13 to 16 to experience a real-life brief and develop employability skills, useful for life outside of the classroom. Some 6,000 students from 170 schools throughout the country took part in the challenge with ten designs shortlisted and presented by students to a panel of judges including Sebastian Conran of the design studio Sebastian Conran Associates, broadcaster Naomi Cleaver, entrepreneur Guy Jeremiah and Deutsche Bank’s Head of Marketing for GTB, Christoph Woermann.
Now in its fourth year the competition asks students to look not only at design, but also branding, packaging, marketing, costs and pitching – the award-winning project is a great example of real world learning.

Design Ventura is part of Born to Be, Deutsche Bank’s UK youth engagement programme.

Recently designers, educators, entrepreneurs and project partners came together to share ideas and reflect on Design Ventura. The event, held at the Design Museum, included presentations from leaders in business, design and education as well as facilitated conversations. Guests considered ways that Design Ventura can continue to support innovation within design and enterprise education.
Ideas emerging from the event will support the strategic development of Design Ventura’s moving forward. It will also influence the development of the museum’s wider Learning Programme. For both the Design Museum and Born to Be, the Design Ventura project is more than a competition for young people. It is also a vehicle for innovative design education and a platform for nurturing future generations of creative professionals.

About Born to Be

Born to Be targets young people aged 11 to 18 with education-led projects which aim to increase achievement, develop employability skills and raise aspirations. Also part of the initiative are the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises. The awards, launched in 1993, provide practical and financial support to aspiring young artists, designers and performers to start a business or pursue a project in the first year after graduating.

“Over the years, the standard of schools’ products and pitches has reached an impressive level of commercial viability.”

Christoph Woermann Head of Marketing GTB at Deutsche Bank and Design Ventura judge

Key thoughts and ideas from the Design Ventura Conversation Event 2014

— Design Ventura provides an
     opportunity to encourage students
     to take more risks in their design
     and business ideas.­

 

— The museum is a platform for
     representing design more broadly,
     to show the creative sector's wider
     economic importance. ­

 

— Industry experts can be used more
     to show young people how
     professionals would tackle different
     aspects of the Design Ventura
     project.

Youth unemployment

£28 billion

or around EUR 33.7 billion is the sum projected to be the cost of youth unemployment for the UK over the next ten years.

 

(Source: ACEVO Commission on Youth Unemployment, 2012)

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