Self-repair washing machine and ‘bee-friendly neighbourhoods’ among RSA student design winners

The Royal Society for Arts has announced the winners of its 2012-13 Student Design Awards, which include a solution to improving your daily commute, a washing machine you can repair yourself, and new rainwater storage and purification solutions.

Students were asked to respond to eight briefs covering an array of social challenges and the winners share £30,000 in prize money and tailored work placements.

Rebecca Godfrey, BA graphic information design, University of Westminster, addressed ‘The Good Journey: Make People Look Forward to Their Daily Commute’ with The Scenic Route – a scheme encouraging commuters to break from their daily routine in favour of  ‘a more beautiful and active route’, which they document through an app.

Scenic route
The Scenic Route, by Rebecca Godfrey

Godfrey has scooped a 12-week internship at NCR in Dundee and £4,250.

Christopher Redford, MDes product design, Sheffield Hallam, has designed Tinker – a stripped-back washing machine which gives users the ability, access, and confidence to repair broken parts and encourages ‘a culture of repair’.

Tinker, by Christopher Redford

Redford, who responded to the brief ‘Change Makers: Use Design to eliminate waste, over-production or excessive consumption’ wins £1500 and a 12-week internship at Springetts Brand Consultants.

The Hive, by Meredith Thompson and Nicole Shadbolt, MA Design students from Plymouth University, responds to the same brief, and is a community improvement scheme focusing on developing bee-friendly neighbourhoods and educating people about the importance of sustaining the UK bee population.

The Hive, by Meredith Thompson and Nicole Shadbolt

Thompson and Shadbolt win an internship with the Waitrose graphic design team and £2500.

Christopher Kelly, a final year interior design technology student from London Metropolitan University, wins a £1,000 cash award for Catch It, Store It Use It – a portable canopy that collects and filters rainwater for reuse in urban spaces.

Catch It, Store It, Use It, by Christopher Kelly

Kelly proposes that it might be used at Boris Bike stands where bicycles and cyclists could be sheltered from the rain and drinking water provided for the cyclists.  

Charles Anderson, a graduate in graphic design from Kingston University, has won an internship at the Environment Agency and £2500 for his Dump In Polystyrene project – a product and service design solution for breaking down and recycling polystyrene that would otherwise be sent to landfill.

Dump in Polystyrene, by Charles Anderson

Anderson was inspired by witnessing polystyrene pollution in the River Thames, in his home town Kingston.

The Winners in Full
Workplace 2030: Creating the workplace for future generations
Shonagh Gardiner – Consult and Design
Circular City: Design the built environment for flexibility and zero waste
Benjamin Reynolds – Prototype for data centres as social spaces for retired bankers
Christopher Crawford Kelly – Catch It, Store It, Use It
Valuing Water: Use design to help people understand the value of water
Joel Knox – Hydrologic Rainwater Harvesting
Ryan Sanderson – Trial Water Meter
Improve Water Environments: Reduce water pollution and restore natural river features
Charles Anderson – Dump in Polystyrene (DIP)
Amelia Hurren – Keep it neutral
Social Insurance: Putting the people back into premiums
Zoe Whitehouse – Pass Pack
Judith Buhmann – Sqoot: pay-as-you-go
Speaking of the Spiritual: Use design to help people be spiritual with clarity and confidence
Robert Watts – Headspace walking guides
Alexander Hampl and David Sindlinger – Restaging familiar works of art
Change Makers: Use Design to eliminate waste over-production or excessive consumption
Meredith Thompson and Nicole Shadbolt – The Hive
Christopher Redford – Tinker: a stripped-back washing machine
The Good Journey: Make people look forward to their daily commute
Rebecca Godfrey – The Scenic Route
Carl Turner – Yolo
Kay Humelt – The Good Day Ticket
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