Impact

Using design for social good + kick-starting careers since 1924

Each year hundreds of universities around the world embed the RSA briefs in their curricula. The projects challenge students to apply their design skills in new ways as they tackle complex issues facing society, and their responses deliver new solutions to real-word problems. The practical support, connections and recognition award winners receive has a transformative effect on careers. 

Reflections

What our participants and partners have to say about the RSA Student Design Awards

What our participants and partners have to say about the RSA Student Design Awards

What our participants and partners have to say about the RSA Student Design Awards

What our participants and partners have to say about the RSA Student Design Awards

What our participants and partners have to say about the RSA Student Design Awards

What our participants and partners have to say about the RSA Student Design Awards

What our participants and partners have to say about the RSA Student Design Awards

What our participants and partners have to say about the RSA Student Design Awards

What our participants and partners have to say about the RSA Student Design Awards

Stories

Hoda Khoja2016 Winner: Hoda is a recent Design graduate from the University of Southampton Winchester School of Art.“Taking part in the RSA Student Design Awards showed me how can use my design skills, and to what extent I can make change as a designer – The RSA briefs are amazing in challenging design and designers.”

Kazz Morohashi2015 Winner: Kazz is a Japanese-born American artist interested in social engagement design. Kazz is currenly developing her winning RSA Student Design Award project Go Walkies; a children’s heritage mapping project.’“It’s been a whirlwind few months since winning the RSA Awards – with my RSA project idea, I’ve gone on to win Norwich University of the Arts’ Brainchild business ideas competition and been shortlisted for the Deutsche Bank DBASE awards.”

Tom Tobia2004 Winner: Tom is the co-founder of Makerversity a makerspace based in central London and  central Amsterdam. Makerversity provides emerging maker businesses access to a range of studio, event and fabrication spaces and prototyping tools.“You can literally draw a line through my career back to the point I entered the RSA Student Design Awards - and you can say... Right that would never have happened without the Award.”

Laurence Kemball-Cook2009 Winner: Laurence is the founder and CEO of Pavegen, a clean-tech company that has pioneered a flooring technology, generating electricity from the kinetic energy of footsteps. Laurence launched the business and filed the first patents from his bedroom with £200, in 2009.“Winning the RSA Student Design Awards in 2009, with my 'After the Post Office' project, seed funded my business Pavegen... I am delighted at the support the RSA Student Design Awards gave me.”

Ben Terrett1997 Winner: Ben is Group Design Director at the Co-op, a partner of Public Digital and co-founded the VC backed Newspaper Club. He has won various awards including the Design Museum’s Design of the Year, a D&AD Black Pencil and while he was a student an RSA Student Design Award.“The Student Design Awards had a huge impact on my early career, in fact the first job I got after leaving university, my boss said to me 'to be honest all the designers we interviewed were the same... but you'd won that award. So that kind of swung it for me.”

Richard Howarth1994 Winner: Richard Howarth is Apple’s vice president of Industrial Design, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Richard joined Apple in 1996 and has been involved in the design of nearly every Apple product since the original iMac. He’s led the design of each generation of iPhone and most recently, Apple Watch. “Recieving the RSA Student Design Award was an amazing experience for me. It enabled me to travel and eventually led to my job at apple, which I love. I think that it goes to show than winning this award can be truely life changing.”

Betty Jackson1970 Winner: Betty Jackson, CBE is an English fashion designer based in London, England. In 2007, her achievement within British fashion was recognised with first a MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 1987 and later with a CBE for "services to the fashion industry". She is also known for designing many of the outrageous costumes worn by Edina and Patsy on the 1990s hit television comedy Absolutely Fabulous.“I was absolutely amazed to be short listed, and I wore my best Biba maxi coat which I thought was just fab! I told the panel that if I won I would go to New York, as I thought it must be the most exciting place in the world.”

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