The Helen Hamlyn Design Awards winners

The Royal College of Art’s Helen Hamlyn Centre is dedicated to developing design projects to improve people’s lives, and their annual awards scheme recognises projects developed by graduating students.

This year’s work includes an architectural scheme to improve end-of-life care and a radical rethink of the plaster cast, with all the winners sharing in a £10 000 prize pot.

Niels van Roij was joint winner of the Age UK Award for Inclusive Design for this vehicle interior concept aimed at older drivers.

Niels van Roij

Van Roij shared the prize with Ruby Steel, who created this Dial Log system – a telephone-based network aimed at combating loneliness among older people.

Ruby Steel

The Technology Strategy Board Award for Independent Living went to Thomas Gibson for this design for an assisted suicide facility – Requiem for a Dignified Life.

Thomas Gibson

This muscle cast design by David Stevens – an update of the traditional plaster-cast – won the ClearBlue Design Award for Healthcare and Patient Safety.

David Stevens

Joint winners of the GMW Architects Award for Work and City were Michael Tuck, for this London’s Eternal Summer project, which aims to improve office building sustainability (and also, winningly, features a swimming pool…)

Michael Tuck

And Hal Watts for this Esource project, which aims to provide an alternative to wire burning (currently used to deal with electrical waste) by recovering the copper mechanically.

Hal Watts

The Helen Hamlyn Design Award for Creativity went to Niels van Roij for his vehicle concept, and Luc Fasaro, Ruby Steel, Kevin Bickham and Ho-Tzu Cheng, for the Smart Touch product – a blood glucose monitor designed as the casing for a smartphone, which uses the smartphone’s camera to scan a blood test for people with diabetes.

Smart Touch

The Helen Hamlyn Award for Alumni, meanwhile, went to Guy Robinson, who works under the banner of Sprout Design.

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