Author: Michael Burns
The RSA Student Design Awards (SDAs) are 90 this year and we've got the winning entries to share with you.
The Awards task emerging designers with real briefs to create solutions for the social, environmental and economic issues that are at the top of the news and social agenda, such as the circular economy, water scarcity, global sanitation and the impact of the banking crisis.
Established in 1924, the SDAs have evolved into one of the creative industry’s most cherished sources of new talent –a key scouting tool for a range of employers and offering a critical boost to fledgling design careers across different sectors.
Each of the briefs has a dedicated prize, including paid work placements and cash awards to support career development. The winning entrants receive a year of complementary RSA Fellowship, which provides the students with access to the RSA’s Catalyst Fund, Skills Bank, and crowd-funding page on Kickstarter to further develop their projects.
The SDAs have among the most rigorous judging process of any design awards, with the winners selected on strategic ability as well as craft skills.
Commenting on the winners, the RSA’S Co-director of Design Nat Hunter said, “We want people to know that design isn’t about prettification: design is the cornerstone of society’s fight for positive social and environmental change. The RSA Student Design Awards exist to shine a light on some of our most difficult business challenges and create innovations to address them."
Hunter continued, "For brands, they show how important design thinking can be in remaining competitive. And the Awards demonstrate to young designers just how widely they can apply their skills in industry – and how invaluable those skills can be in making change.”
Use the slideshow controls above and right to view the winners.