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Helen Hamlyn Design Awards 2013

Age UK Award for Inclusive Design

- Sensory Feedback

– Simon Kinneir (RCA Design Products) 

Everyday kitchen products are tuned to give extra sensory feedback beyond a reliance on sight. Subtle changes improve the practicality and enjoyability of a task. Self-confidence in the kitchen improves self-sufficiency for people with sight-loss. Whether through temperature, sound, or movement, these products amplify active processes in the task at hand.

Judge's comment 
“Rational and elegant solution to a problem which affects millions of visually impaired people of all ages." 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.

This project was also highly commended for the Helen Hamlyn Design Award for Creativity

RCA Fixperts Award

The Little Things

– Florie Salnot (RCA Design Products graduate), Denise Stephens (partner);
Peter Judson and Rachel Singer (film m

This film describes how RCA graduate Florie Salnot created a simple new device to make it easier for people with frailty in the hands to wear earrings.

Judge's comment
‘This collaboration addresses not just functional need but personal desire as well. The film is beautifully made and the design is ingenious – a 'little thing' that makes a big difference." David Constantine, Motivation

Fixperts is a social project and open knowledge sharing platform to enable designers to use their making skills to solve problems for other people. It was founded by RCA alumni, Daniel Charny and James Carrigan.

Stephen Pheasant Memorial Fund Design Award for Ergonomics


– James Wright, Ama Williams, Daniel Mclaughlin and Zhanling Feng, RCA Innovation Design Engineering 

Haemobility rethinks the blood donation service to address the need for wider participation within our growing and ageing population, since only four per cent of the eligible population donate blood. The system comprises a mobile blood donation trolley unit, a new needle device and a simple blood type tester.

Judge's comment 
"This project covers so many different aspects of ergonomics - from transport and manual handling to workspace and instrument design. The team worked well together to make a comprehensive system that could make a real difference to blood donation. " Jane Dillon, Stephen Pheasant Memorial Fund

Stephen Pheasant Memorial Fund
The Stephen Pheasant Memorial Fund was set up in 1996 to establish a legacy from the work of Dr Stephen Pheasant, a leading writer on ergonomics who published books and journal papers, and was a popular lecturer and speaker, and gifted musician. The Fund aims to encourage students of ergonomics in their work, to aid research into working systems and the design of artefacts.

Technology Strategy Board Design Award for Independent Living

Goldies Arcadia: Care home network

– Arisa Ishibashi (RCA Architecture)

The DIY spirit that created Peacehaven is resurrected to reframe the town as an arcadia for Goldies – a new generation of active and demanding old age pensioners (OAPs). The proposal is a democratic alternative to the institutionalised care home. Growing out of the existing suburban dwelling, the care home spreads throughout the town to form a networked urbanism of care, community life and some unexpected leisure pursuits, advocating prevention care physically, neurologically and sociologically.

Judge's comment
"An architectural design concept that takes an intractable challenge and addresses an entrenched model of long term care delivery. This is a novel and radical approach that reassigns value and personhood to older adults with high-level care requirements." 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.

This project also won the  Helen Hamlyn Design Award for Creativity

GMW Architects Design Award for Work and City

Corners of Interest/The Louver Twisting Comb

– Kia Utzon-Frank (RCA Goldsmithing, Smilversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery)
Corners of Interest: Transformation and personalisation of work and living environments using foldable string structures, implementing light and colour in interplay with the existing architecture.

The Louver Twisting Comb: Blinds/room dividers to create beautiful, functional spaces, using sustainable material like bamboo (whose antibacterial properties will improve the work environment), ecospun, solar cells in the louvers and low-cost production. Product is patent pending.

Judge's comment
"This project has huge potential to develop a variety of architectural components in terms of scale, internal and external use. High aesthetic value." 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.

MIE Medical Research Design Award for Healthcare and Patient Safety

Gu Bank: gamification of human waste for India's bio-security

– Shruti Grover (RCA Innovation Design Engineering)

Sixty per cent of India defecates in the open. Gu Bank incentivizes male migrants to daily deposit their faecal matter in an anaerobically decomposable 'Gu Bags' which can earn credits that can be redeemed for Bio-Methane.

Judge's comment

"A brave and innovative project that has real potential to improve the health of many of our humankind." Brian Firth, MIE Medical Research

MIE Medical Research
MIE specialises in human performance monitoring instruments for use in bioengineering, ergonomics, sports sciences, medicine, physiotherapy and work diagnostics. With over 30 years of experience they have won numerous awards for their innovative designs & technology.

Helen Hamlyn Design Award for Alumni

Inclusive Communication with Pigeon Films 

– Marie Lenclos (RCA Communication Graduate 2001 and Helen Hamlyn Research Associate 2002)

Pigeon Films make short films about things that are important to people in their everyday life. The films carry a strong  human element and people talk about their life and experiences in their own words. Films are commissioned by charities and the public sector; educational institutions and industry clients such as Mencap; Women's Design Service and Hackney Council.

Judge's comment
"Since highlighting the problem of taking young children on public transport in London as an RCA student, Marie Lenclos has successfully used her film-making skills to champion the cause of many different socially excluded groups." Jeremy Myerson, Director, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

Helen Hamlyn Design Award for Creativity

Goldies Arcadia - Care Home Network

– Winner: Arisa Ishibashi, RCA Architecture

Peacehaven is resurrected to reframe the town as an arcadia for Goldies - a new generation of active and demanding old age pensioners. The proposal is a democratic alternative to the institutionalised care home. Growing out of the existing suburban dwelling, the care home spreads throughout the town to form a networked urbanism of care, community life and leisure pursuits.

Judge's comment
"Elements of this practical and imaginative scheme are exactly what care providers should be thinking about for the next generation of older people. Hopefully they will."  Helen Hamlyn

Sensory Feedback

– Highly Commended: Simon Kinneir, RCA Design Products 

Everyday kitchen products are redesigned to give extra sensory feedback beyond a reliance on sight. Subtle changes improve the practicality and enjoyability of a task, providing more self-confidence and self-sufficiency for people with sight loss.

Judge's comment
"Deep thought and consideration to improve the eating and drinking of people with reduced sight." Helen Hamlyn

Management of the Bathroom Space

– Highly Commended: Marc Miralda-Besa, RCA Design Products 

The management of everyday objects and tasks in domestic spaces, rather than the size of the spaces, determines our efficiency and quality of life. The objects designed rethink and question everyday activities.

  1. Balance: electronic bathroom scale that can be stored on its side.
  2. Drying basket: a laundry basket which functions as a basket and a drying rack.
  3. Wall mounted bathroom bin (illustrated right): that can by opened from underneath.

Judge's comment
"In an older person's bathroom, these ideas make everyday products easier and more attractive to use."  Helen Hamlyn

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