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Awards

Helen Hamlyn Design Awards 2012


Age UK Award for Inclusive Design

Inclusive Design Interior Concept

- Niels van Roij, RCA Vehicle Design (Joint Winner)
This inclusively designed car interior can be used by many different people, especially older people. The ergonomics have been refined to suit driver needs and demands. Adjustable within the basic design at the dealer, its inclusive approach crosses barriers of age, physique and gender.

This inclusively designed car interior can be used by many different people, especially older people. The ergonomics have been refined to suit driver needs and demands. Adjustable within the basic design at the dealer, its inclusive approach crosses barriers of age, physique and gender.

Judge's comment
"The designer is to be congratulated for developing a concept with high mainstream potential. It addresses the needs of older drivers for whom this activity of daily living is indispensible." Prof James Goodwin, Age UK

Joint Winner Age UK Award for Inclusive Design
Joint Winner Helen Hamlyn Design Award for Creativity


Dial Log 

- Ruby Steel: Innovation Design Engineering (Joint Winner)
Dial Log is a social network that helps tackle social isolation in our ageing population. It brings old and young people together through conversation. It connects with its older users using their telephone along with Dial Guide, a simple e-paper display that guides them through the audio interface, eliminating the need for internet access.

Judge's comment
"This addresses two critical needs of an ageing population - social isolation and loneliness, and the break-up of intergenerational relationships. It does so in an area of few proven product design solutions." Prof James Goodwin, Age UK

Age UK
Age UK works to improve later life for everyone by providing life-enhancing services and vital support. It was established in April 2009 through the merger of Age Concern England and Help the Aged.


Technology Strategy Board Design Award for Independent Living

Requiem for a Dignified Life

- Thomas Gibson, RCA Architecture (Winner)
This project proposes an urban architecture that enables a network of residential end-of-life care in the Deptford area of London and facilitates a person's right to determine the manner and location of their death. Combining existing forms of elderly care to create a new health architecture, it aims to invert the trend for natural geriatric death in hospital by exploring new forms of the hospice and community centre.

Judge's comment
"It was inspiring to see a young architect raising the taboo subject of dignity in dying and end-of-life care. The approach was inclusive and intergenerational. It provides an excellent platform for multi-sectoral innovation and application of technology."
Jackie Marshall-Cyrus, Technology Strategy Board.

Technology Strategy Board
The Technology Strategy Board is an executive non-departmental public body that is all about driving innovation. Its role is to stimulate technology-enabled innovation in the areas that offer the greatest scope for boosting UK growth and productivity. It advises the Government on how to remove barriers to innovation and accelerate the exploitation of new technologies.


Clearblue Design Award for Health & Patient Safety

MuscleCast

- David Stevens, RCA Innovation Design Engineering (Winner)
MuscleCast is a novel treatment system for broken bones that radically rethinks the plaster cast. It utilises expanding resin to produce a conforming cast that spans the entire treatment duration. Integrated muscle stimulation technology then helps to reduce the muscle loss caused by immobilisation, improve circulation and shorten the overall recovery time for the patient.

Judge's comment
"A product design close to execution that builds on a thorough understanding of current medical practice while delivering additional benefits. Solid use of material science."
Stewart Wilson, Clearblue

Clearblue
Clearblue is the brand name of Swiss Precision Diagnostics, which was formed in 2007 as a joint venture between Inverness Medical Innovations and Procter & Gamble to create, using its parent companies' complementary strengths, one of the world's foremost organisations in consumer diagnostics.


GMW Architects Award for Work & City

London's Eternal Summer

- Michael Tuck, RCA Architecture (Joint Winner)
In a culture where we expect all foods to be available at all times of the year, this scheme explores whether the urban heat island effect of the City of London can be used to create a constant summertime. Using the excess heat from financial trading servers to create tropical climates and fertile growing spaces, the project asks if the ubiquitous office block can grow more than its profit.

Judge's comment
"Throws the gauntlet down to commercial developers to deliver office buildings that go beyond current ideas about sustainability."
Tim Hardingham, GMW Architects

Esource

- Hal Watts, RCA Innovation Design Engineering (Joint Winner)
Seventy per cent of Europe's electronic waste is exported to Africa where cables are burnt to recover copper, causing health and environmental consequences. Esource provides a sustainable bicycle-powered cable recycling system for informal recyclers in developing countries. It creates a sustainable process and healthier working conditions, greater social mobility and economic growth.

Judge's comment
"Beautifully simple, ingenious, low-tech solution to clearly identified social, health and economic problems."
Tim Hardingham, GMW Architects

GMW Architects
An award winning architectural and interior design practice based in London, with affiliate offices throughout Europe. GMW offers a wide range of skills and experience in the office, retail, transportation and leisure sectors. Its involvement with the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design represents an important component of its research activity and commitment to being at the leading edge of new thinking.


Helen Hamlyn Design Award for Alumni

Guy Robinson

- RCA Industrial Design Engineering Graduate 2001, Helen Hamlyn Research Associate 2002 (Winner)
Guy Robinson co-founded Sprout Design in 2004 with fellow RCA graduate and former Helen Hamlyn Research Associate Robert Brown, going on to develop a series of ground-breaking inclusive and sustainable design projects in partnership with industry - from ballet shoes to eco-showers.  

Judge's comment
"Guy Robinson has been an active and energetic champion of inclusive and sustainable design over the last decade, using Sprout Design as a creative vehicle for his ideas"
Jeremy Myerson, Director, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design


Helen Hamlyn Design Award for Creativity

Smart Touch

- Luc Fusaro, Ruby Steel, Kevin Bickham, Ho-Tzu Cheng, RCA Innovation Design Engineering (Joint Winners)
SmartTouch is a blood glucose monitor for insulin dependent diabetics who use a smart-phone. Care Trade is a social enterprise that transforms looking after oneself into care for another person in need. This project provides a dual solution to tackle limited healthcare access in developing countries and lifestyle pressures in developed countries.

Judge's comment
"I was very impressed with the in-depth research that has gone into producing a useful product and system for people with diabetes. I have personal experience of this condition - any help in this direction is much appreciated."
Helen Hamlyn

Inclusive Design Interior Concept

Niels van Roij, RCA Vehicle Design (Joint Winner)
This inclusively designed car interior can be used by many different people, especially older people. The ergonomics have been refined to suit driver needs and demands. Adjustable within the basic design at the dealer, its inclusive approach crosses barriers of age, physique and gender.

Judge's comment
"I was delighted and relieved to at last see an intelligent design that will make driving a car easier for older people - and for all of us. Careful thought has gone into researching this first prototype."
Helen Hamlyn