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Design Museum announces 2019 Design Ventura Winners

Design Cubes by Twynham School in Dorset has been named overall winner of Design Ventura, the annual national design and enterprise challenge for schools run by the Design Museum in partnership with Deutsche Bank’s global youth engagement programme Born to Be.

Students from the UK and beyond, aged thirteen to sixteen, responded to a live brief set by Turner-prize winning design collective Assemble to design a new product that improves an aspect of everyday life for one of three target audiences – families, adult design enthusiasts or young people and students. Teams were also challenged to consider manufacturing, budgeting, and sustainability. 

The overall winner was selected from a shortlist of ten school teams who pitched their concept to a panel of leading design and business experts at a special pitching event last year. Over three hundred secondary schools across the UK and beyond participated in the Design Museum’s flagship learning programme.

Addressing the live brief, the winning team developed a proposal for a sustainably made game called Design Cubes, which helps students, design professionals and design enthusiasts to generate creative ideas and combat creative block. Made from responsibly sourced wood and packaged in recycled cardboard, the game includes three dice dedicated to different categories – materials, function, and target audience. When the dice are rolled, the resulting combination kicks off the design process. Design Cubes can also be played by families and children as an alternative to screen time and a fun way to spark imaginative ideas and projects.

The Twynham School team will work with the Design Museum and a professional design agency to develop their product and launch it for sale in the Design Museum shop in June, with profits going to the school’s chosen charity. Since 2010, Design Ventura has helped over 92,000 students to develop design, enterprise and employability skills, as well as raising over £12,000 for charities chosen by Design Ventura winning teams.

Winning team said : “It’s been an amazing opportunity and an unforgettable experience. It’s not every day you get to have your own design made into a product.” – Toby, Jemma, Rachel and Amillie

The teacher said: “It’s been fantastic for the students to respond to a real-life brief with a focus on sustainability. They’ve learnt a lot about the whole design process and the project is a real boost for design and technology education.” – Amanda Britton, Head of Design and Technology at Twynham School, Dorset.

The top ten school teams, their families and friends were invited to a celebration event and awards ceremony on 13 February to announce the winning product and to launch the opening of the Design Ventura exhibition. The ceremony was introduced by Tim Marlow, Director of the Design Museum.

Judges say: “Design Cubes really stood out because they provided a simple and elegant solution to every designer’s worst nightmare, creative block.” – Joseph Halligan, Co-Founder, Assemble, Design Ventura 2019 Brief Setter and Judge

Deutsche Bank says: ‘We are always impressed with the quality of the student ideas submitted for Design Ventura and this year was no exception. The submission from Twynham School showcased many of the design and business skills we are looking to develop in students through Design Ventura: ingenuity, creativity, teamwork, an awareness of sustainability and an entrepreneurial spirit. The skills they gain help open their career pathways and contribute to longer-term community sustainability as well as economic growth.’”– Lareena Hilton, Global Head of Brand Communications & CSR, Deutsche Bank

The Design Museum says: ‘Design Cubes is a unique and creative response to the Design Ventura brief that will appeal to both design enthusiasts and students. We look forward to using the game as an icebreaker in our school workshops and staff meetings.’ – Poppy Parry, Project Manager, Design Ventura

The full list of commended schools are as followed:

● 1st Place – Design Cubes by Twynham School, Dorset
● 2nd Place – Finger Fussball by Ferndown Upper School, Dorset
● 3rd Place – Roll up Bamboo Pencil Case by Trinity School, Berkshire
● Commendation for Sustainable Design – Food Chain Puzzle by Upton-by-Chester High School, Cheshire
● Commendation for Ingenuity – Travel Buddy by Cardinal Newman Catholic School, East Sussex
● Commendation for Most Market Ready Product – Rocket Man Bookmark by Ashcroft Technology Academy, London
● Outstanding Finalists – Pixel Bricks by Blythe Bridge High School, Staffordshire; Magnamals by County Upper School, Suffolk; Colour the Rainforest by George Spencer Academy, Nottinghamshire and Jigsters by Wallington High School for Girls, Surrey.

Teacher of the Year Awards:
● Teacher of the Year Award – Vera Caspary, Wallington High School for Girls
● Teacher Award for Outstanding Contribution – Jack Andrews, Simon Balle All-through School

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