The Helen Hamlyn Design Awards, recognise outstanding graduate design projects that contribute to improving quality of life.
They were presented to graduating students of the Royal College of Art on Tuesday 24 June 2014 in an awards ceremony at the RCA. The four main award categories were sponsored by AgeUK, GMW Architects, MIE Medical and the Technology Strategy Board. Representatives from each organisation gave prizes totalling £10,000. Helen Hamlyn, founder of the Helen Hamlyn Trust, which has endowed the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the RCA, gave her own personal award for creativity. There was also an RCA Fixperts prize and a Deisgn Award for Helen Hamlyn Alumni.
Royal College of Art Rector, Dr Paul Thompson, said: 'These awards demonstrate how young designers in all disciplines can put social activism and user research at the centre of their work.'
The Helen Hamlyn Design Awards 2014 Winners:
1. AgeUK Award for Inclusive Design
Vivienne Heyhoe, Service Design – Caring Voices
2. TSB Innovation for Living Award
Henri Peugeot, Vehicle Design – Seyan
3. MIE Design Award for Healthcare and Patient
Lise Pape, Innovation Design Engineering – Path
4. GMW Design Award for Work and City
Winner: James Pockson, Architecture – Cities: Game Over?
Hamlyn Design Award for Alumni
Winner: Harry Dobbs of Harry Dobbs Design – RCA Graduate 2001 and Helen Hamlyn Research Associate 2002
6. The RCA Fixperts Award
Winner: The Right Trousers – 'Fixpert' Alon Meron, RCA Design Products graduate 2008; Fixperts partners: John Cahill and his London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham support worker, Michael Hooker; Filmmaker: Henry Richards
- Bohyun Han, Service Design – mPrePARE was commended as having the 'potential to improve clinical accuracy and reassure hospital patients in the ruin-up to surgery'.
- Offer Canfi, Design Product – The Flux was commended as a 'complete end-to-end solution for road-powered electric bike technology'.
- Anna Wojdecka, Innovation Design Engineering – Lumo was acknowledged as an 'innovative solution for visually impaired students and scientists enabling recognition of shapes and colours using sound'.