Nicotine shower gel wins student design award

Nicotine shower gel features among the winning designs in the Royal Society of Arts Design Directions awards.

Nicotine shower gel features among the winning designs in the Royal Society of Arts Design Directions awards.

Focusing on socially responsible design, a total of 30 student designers have been honoured for their responses to 11 briefs.

The Action for Age brief produced winners including Middlesex University’s Sabrina Koebl, for her Knit Together project that makes computers accessible to older people at no cost.

Goldsmiths’ graduate Tom Pandé’s wearable lock that does not hurt cyclists when they fall off their bikes, and Strathclyde University graduate Grant Howarth’s parking system that secures bikes at the wheels and saddle were among the winners in the Design Against Bicycle Theft category.

Three student designers won Design Directions awards for their solutions to post office closures. Laurence Kemball-Cook from Loughborough University won £5000 for his proposed improvement to the Royal Mail’s outreach service. The Post Pod is a portable unit that weighs and processes letters and packages, operating via a wireless connection to a remote Internet service.

Kim Franckeiss and Sarah Matthews, from the University of Portsmouth, have developed a proposal for a toiletry range called Nicroutine, which incorporates a deodorant, lip balm and shower gel which dispense controlled amounts of nicotine to stave off cravings.

A brief to create a series of stamps produced six winning entries, including Alicia Malkin from University College for the Creative Arts, Epsom, who won £850 to support a four-week internship at Pentagram.

The 30 winners – who beat more than 800 entrants to scoop the awards – will share more than £60 000 in prize money and work placements.

See www.rsadesigndirections.org for more information.

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