Pylon-inspired typography wins New Designers

New Designers has announced its winners, which include walking aids, pylon-inspired typography, and shoes that ‘grow’ with the wearer.

Eric Downer, About One Thing
Eric Downer, About One Thing

The competition recognises the best emerging designers from UK universities and colleges and awards them with cash prizes, paid internships and industry advice.

Winners have been named in the fields of: visual communications, which includes graphic design and illustration; furniture and product design, which includes spatial and industrial design; and motion arts and theatre design.

Eric Downer has scooped a £1,500 cash prize and landed the Business Design Centre New Designer of the Year Award for a photographic and typographic piece based on pylons.

The book entitled Everything About One Thing features photography of pylons and typography inspired by them.

Downer from The University of Portsmouth graphic design course also claims legal, PR and accounting advice worth a further £3500.

Fuse by Alex Daniels
Fuse by Alex Daniels

Alex Daniels, who is on Coventry City’s consumer product design Course has designed Fuse, a walking stick that splits into two parts meaning it can be used as a pair of crutches for both hands or a walking stick for one hand, meaning it is easier to conquer stairs. Daniels is the Designer of the Year runner up and claims £500.

Daniel Brooks, Numa
Daniel Brooks, Numa

The New Designers Wilko Award for Innovation goes to Daniel Brooks from Loughborough University’s industrial design technology course, for his design Nüma – a heatless, energy efficient indoor clothes dryer. He takes home a £1000 and lands a two-week placement at Winnovate.

Graham Friend, Skypouch
Graham Friend, Skypouch

The new Designers Proctor & Gamble Award goes to Graham Friend from Bournemouth University’s Product Design Course.

Friend has designed Skypouch – a baby support device for airline travel, which clips onto an adults seatbelt.

He wins a fully paid nine-month internship at Proctor & Gamble’s Geneva offices.

Grow by Elizabeth White
Grow by Elizabeth White

The New Designers Mars Award has gone to Elizabeth White from Brunel University’s Industrial Design and Technology course. She wins £1000 and a two week placement at the Mars Design Studio for Grow, a children’s sandal that can be made wider and longer with detachable straps. Colour and style can also be changed depending on the child’s tastes.

For a full list of winners head to http://www.newdesigners.com/awards

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