The initiative, which is sponsored by the Bank, enables school pupils 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 10 pupils from Haberdasher’s Hatcham College, Lewisham, with their innovative ‘Dove Bunting’ design. 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 team, who excitedly collected their award at the ceremony, will receive a £1,000 bursary. They will also have a five-day programme of workshops and guidance from professional designers, to develop the bunting ready for sale in the Design Museum shop in summer 2010.
Speaking at the Awards ceremony, Paul Duffy, who works in Global Markets, congratulated the students on their work: “At the heart of Design Ventura is the opportunity for students to work on a real brief, this year’s entries have been fantastic. Deutsche Bank is very proud of this project and we will continue to offer our employees the opportunity to take an active role as business volunteers.”
Over 800 students from 32 London state schools participated in Design Ventura 2010. Students initially participated in a launch workshop at the Design Museum, followed by two further workshops led by professionals from organisations including the BBC, 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.”