The contest, which is sponsored by Deutsche Bank, enables school pupils in the UK to experience the design process in all its complexity and learn enterprise skills by fulfilling a brief, problem solving and pitching ideas professionally to a panel of judges.
The winning team was a group of Year 9 pupils from Haberdasher’s Hatcham College, Lewisham, with their innovative ‘Dove Bunting’ design. Katie Booth, Miranda Dmochowska, Florence Harry and Jodie Valery, designed the decorative bunting which included a creative DIY element using recycled materials.
The design impressed judges who cited it as ‘an attractive take on traditional flag bunting’ and commended the use of recycled materials to create colourful flags.
The bunting is now being stocked in the Design Museum(LINK:http://designmuseum.org/) in London with all the profits going to the girls chosen charity, Greenpeace.
Kate Cavelle, Head of Corporate Citizenship UK, Deutsche Bank explains ‘We are delighted to see the first year’s winning design, Dove Bunting, in production and on sale at the Design Museum Shop. It’s an enormous achievement for the winning team and for everyone involved.’
Over 800 students from 32 London state schools participated in Design Ventura 2010. Students initially took part in a launch workshop at the Design Museum, followed by two further workshops led byprofessional designers from organisations including the Muji, BarberOsgerby and John Pawson Architects, as well as business experts from Deutsche Bank.
Sebastian Conran, who is a trustee for the Design Museum and who headed up the judging panel, talked about the benefits of the project: "This ‘design thinking’ approach starts in the classroom, and equips students to understand and contribute to the world around them. It also allows them to think and work as a team to prepare them for their careers and adult life."