From prayers to cake-baking, this year’s crop of rising talent has a whimsical, conceptual and very international slant. Here Design Week showcases a selection of young award-winners from the past 12 months, whose names might feature in the Creative Survey tables in years to come.
Mary Rose Cook
Winner of the BDC New Designer of the Year Award 2005
Mary Rose Cook’s winning design, Cook’s Measure, mixes product and graphic design categories. Featuring cake recipes printed on greaseproof paper, it can also be transformed into a measuring device for the ingredients mentioned in the recipe. Cook graduated from Goldsmiths with a BA in Design this year.
Gold Award winner of Student Section of Images 29, the best of British Contemporary Illustration 2005, organised by the Association of Illustrators
Irfana Biviji started her studies at the LS Raheja College in Mumbai and then came to the UK, where she joined the illustration course at Falmouth College of Arts. Her winning entry was a cover, in gouache, for a hypothetical book on an expedition to the Himalayas.
Winner of two awards in the 2005 Design for our Future Selves competition, organised by the Royal College of Arts’ Helen Hamlyn Research Centre
Landscape Keys is a contoured computer keyboard, designed for use by the visually impaired. It won the Snowdon Award for Disability Projects and the Nottingham Rehab Supplies Award for Independent Living, while Bo-Young Jung was a student on the Royal College of Art’s design products course.
Winner of the Grand Prix at the Royal Society of Arts’ Design Directions Awards 2005
Praystation is a design that looks at the use of new technologies in the service of religion, specifically Christianity. A humorous take on the traditional Catholic confessional, it consists of a soundproof cubicle that is accessed by use of an iCross necklace, which monitors the state of its wearer’s soul, storing information that can then be uploaded to a virtual ‘e-priest’. Douglas Maitland won the prize while studying at the Glasgow School of Art.
Winner of the graphic design category of Creative Review magazine’s Creative Futures awards
A Swiss-American graduate of the California School of the Arts, Zak Kyes has already won a clutch of awards, including a scholarship from the Art Director’s Club of New York, using the proceeds to set up shop in London. His graphic designs are intended to make viewers interact critically with the world and products before them, rather than function as merely an aesthetically pleasing canvas.