Client of the Year BHF heads 2010 Benchmarks winners

British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation has been named as the Client of the Year in this year’s Design Week Benchmarks awards, with The Chase and Rose sharing the honours for the Best of Show.

The Client of the Year award was established in 2007 to celebrate excellence in commissioning design. BHF (logo pictured below left) was the client behind last year’s Best of Show campaign winner – The Small Creature initiative by Hat-Trick Design. It has picked up another Benchmarks award this year, with another Hat-Trick project – Heart Health Materials – and a commendation for work by Marc & Anna.

BHF this year set up its first-ever design roster (News, DW 26 August), with BHF design manager Louise Kyme bringing in consultant Jan Casey to establish the framework. Hat-Trick is the lead consultancy, and also on the roster are B&W Studio, NB Studio, Marc & Anna, Magpie Studio, Neon Creative, Wheatcroft & Co, Academy Design and Partners SMR.

The Benchmarks judges say, ’British Heart Foundation has depth in what it commissions. It is fit for purpose and has emotional empathy.’

Last year the Benchmarks awards were split into two parallel streams, with one covering branding programmes relating to a particular business sector and the other looking at campaigns. This means that this year there are again two Best of Show winners, with The Chase picking up the award in the programmes stream with its identity for Home for Merseystride (pictured below centre) and Rose winning in the campaigns stream for its work for artist Dryden Goodwin’s Linear exhibition for Art on the Underground (pictured below right).

The Chase’s work was carried out for social enterprise Merseystride, which set up the Home initiative. Home sees homeless people working to repair and recycle end-of-line or damaged furniture, which can then be sold on. The judges say, ’The simple graphic style across the flat-packed furniture’s packaging is appropriate and brilliantly executed.’

Runner-up projects in the programmes Best of Show are Purpose’s work for English Farming and Food Partnership and Love’s work for Umbro.

Rose’s winning work in the campaign sector is for Goodwin’s Art on the Underground project – a public art initiative on London’s Tube network. The judges say, ’The posters came to life at stations along the line through the use of escalator panels and it was unanimously agreed that the work is a true benchmark of British design.’

The runner-up for Best of Show in the campaign sector is Leo Burnett London and Pentagram’s work on the House of Cards campaign for Shelter.
There were a total of 11 winners and eight commendations in the programmes stream and five winners and three commendations in the campaigns stream.

Benchmarks winners

  • Client of the Year

British Heart Foundation

  • Best of Show

Home for Merseystride by The Chase (programmes)
Dryden Goodwin Linear for Art on the Underground by Rose (campaigns)

  • Campaigns

Leisure and Travel: Manchester Literature Festival 2009 by Mark Studio
Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare: Heart Health Materials for British Heart Foundation by Hat-Trick Design
Professional Services: No winner
Public-sector: Dryden Goodwin Linear for Art on the Underground by Rose; Lest We Forget for Royal Mail by Hat-Trick Design
Property and Construction: No winner
Not-for-profit: House of Cards for Shelter by Leo Burnett London and Pentagram

  • Programmes

Sports: Umbro by Love
Leisure and Travel: Science Museum by Johnson Banks
Household Goods: Hairy Bikers World by Here Design
Retailers: Home for Merseystride by The Chase
Computer Hardware and Software: Becrypt by Radford Wallis
Professional Services: English Farming and Food Partnership by Purpose
Electronic Goods: Imaqliq by Heavenly Group
Publics-sector: Nature Plus for Natural History Museum by Hat-Trick Design
Manufacturing: Proclaim Fit for Syngenta Crop Protection by Williams Murray Hamm
Food and Drink: Barbara Da Vine for Boutinot by Like a River
Not-for-profit: Fine Cell Work by The Partners

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