RCA students win Helen Hamlyn Design Awards

A device to help elderly people use television remote controls, a desklight projector and a London bus map accessible through the Oyster card are among the winning projects in the 2010 Helen Hamlyn Design Awards.

The awards are organised by the Royal College of Art’s Helen Hamlyn Centre to recognise people-centred and inclusive design in RCA student projects.

RCA design products student Tom Stables won the Technology Strategy Board Award for Independent Living with his remote control project. Stables designed a casing with a graphic overlay which can hold multiple TV and DVD controllers and make them easier to use.

Architecture student Lucy Wood was joint winner of the GMW Architects Award for Working Life for her Foyerism project, which aims to redevelop outdoor space in Camden schools. The other winner was design products student Jamie Tunnard, who created the Desklight/Projector, described by the judges as ‘a clever piece of technology integrated into a familiar everyday object’.

Innovation design engineering student Becky Pilditch won the Clearblue Design Award for Healthcare and Patient Safety for her Super Prosthetics – Experiments in Armwear project.

Innovation design engineering student Ed Rose picked up the Age UK Award for Inclusive Design with his Take Me Home project, which integrates data about London bus routes into an Oyster-plus system, which can be accessed using printed maps in bus stops.

Textiles student Katie Gaudion picked up the Helen Hamlyn Design Award for Creativity for her Textile Props for Multi-Sensory Environments project – a collection of textile props for healthcare practitioners to use with adults and children.

RCA rector Paul Thompson says, ‘This scheme demonstrates how artists and designers across a wide range of disciplines can put social awareness and social activism at the centre of their work.’

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