Design Museum reveals winner of Design Ventura competition

The winning entry is designed by a group of Year 10 students from Harrogate Grammar School, and comprises a simple hook device that can be used to attach a water bottle to a bag.

The Design Museum has announced the winner of its annual Design Ventura competition.

The national competition challenges school students aged 13 to 16 to meet a real-life design brief, with the winning concept being developed into an actual product.

Addressing this year’s theme of “change” set by architect Asif Khan, a team of five Year 10 students from Harrogate Grammar School have been awarded the top prize for their Aqua Hooks product concept.

Hook device

The simple hook device is designed to be attached to a bag to carry a bottle of water.

Aqua Hooks was chosen as the winner by a panel of judges including Design Museum co-director Alice Black and Sebastian Conran, with the winning team beating more than 10,000 other students from over 240 schools that took part in the competition.

Develop products

Reepham High School & College in Norfolk won second place for Bluprint, an interactive toy with pop-out shapes inspired by animals, and Endon High School in Staffordshire came third with Skyline Solvers, a tactile, changeable puzzle featuring images of London’s most popular landmarks.

The students will now work with several professional designers to develop their winning concept, including on aspects such as packaging, pricing and promotion.

The final product will be launched in June and will go on sale at the Design Museum shop in Kensington, London. All proceeds will go to the school’s chosen charity.

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  • aecm February 21, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Please can Design Week link articles they write to relevant pages and sources? It’s really frustrating that you never do.

  • Nick Corston February 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Absolutely fantastic to see this, especially in the current climate as arts, esp DT education is under such pressure AND many parents, teachers, even some employers fail to appreciate the value of creativity to our future skill base and economy. Matt Hancock MP at DCMS has been promoting this hard.

    We’re hosting a community screening of award winning education documentary ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ and a debate around the issues it raises at a primary school in Greenwich (next to the O2) next Tuesday evening. We have free tickets.

    If you’ve bothered to read this, you must care about creativity, maybe even education.

    We’d love to see you there. See or Search for #MATMLS

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