The Royal College of Art has announced three winners in its ‘intelligent urban living’ competition, the 2009 IQ Design Challenge.
Dominic Hargreaves’ Bike Lock and Yusuf Muhammad’s Yu Type were declared overall winners last night by a panel of eight judges, which included Design Week editor Lynda Relph-Knight, RCA designer and head of products Ron Arad, Toyota chief engineer Lance Scott and Sebastian Bergne, designer and visiting professor at the RCA.
Hargreaves and Muhammad scooped £5500 each, and a third designer, Graeme Davies, claimed £4000 for his Quicksnap design.
Using the Toyota IQ as inspiration, RCA students were asked at September’s London Design Festival to create a design for ‘intelligent urban living’ across living room, kitchen and garage spaces.
Hargreaves – winner in the garage category – has designed a locking hoist storage system for garage or external walls, which releases a bicycle using a smart card.
Muhammad’s Yu Type – winner in the living room category – is a device for ‘two-finger typists’, which works by placing a screen in their peripheral vision to avoid a shift in focus between keyboard and monitor.
Davies’ Quicksnap won the kitchen honour. It is an ice-cube tray which prevents all of the ice falling out when the tray is twisted.
An exhibition of the 12 products which were vying for a total of £15 000 in prize money went on display at the RCA yesterday, where they will remain on show until 22 January.