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Helen Hamlyn Design Awards 2020

The annual Helen Hamlyn Design Awards recognise the best RCA student projects that use design to improve people’s lives. It is a competition that rewards creativity in people-centred design across all disciplines of the College.

The 2020 Awards were presented during the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design’s Design.Different week, 12–16 October 2020 and were open to all RCA graduates who completed their programme between 8 July 2019 and 17 July 2020.  A total of £7,000 in prize money was awarded across the themes of disability, inclusion, technology and creativity.

View the 2020 winning projects and shortlist

Previous Award Winners

Design for our Future Selves Awards

The Design for our Future Selves Awards scheme ran at the Royal College of Art from 2000 to 2008. It aimed to encourage inclusive design projects from graduating RCA students that were responsive to human behaviour and based on real insight into social need. The awards grew out of the DesignAge Competition, which ran from 1992 to 1999, addressing the needs and aspirations of older people.