SustainRCA Show & Awards 2013

Part of the London Design Festival, and one of our absolute favourites of the year, SustainRCA Show & Awards, featuring a selection of some of the best work of Royal College of Art graduates. Projects propose an exciting vision of future living, while tackling a wide range of perspectives on the sustainability challenges we face today.

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I Dress Myself
The Eco-Friendly Screenprinters

By guest writer TEXTILE ARTIST MISHA WATERTON

An increase in ethical engagement within consumer behaviour has led to more and more businesses choosing to cater for a growing eco market. Many clients are seeking out eco-printing to ensure their products are as sustainable as possible and this niche market may be set to grow.

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There are many elements to consider when working towards a sustainable production system for any design area. For the screen-printing process, there are several companies working to ensure their businesses offer great value, service and products, whilst also limiting their impact on the planet. I Dress Myself, based in Frome, is one leading example of how an eco screen printing business can be run.

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2013 RSA Student Design
Award Winners

The RSA Student Design Awards is an annual scheme now in its 89th year, which issues briefs to young designers to demonstrate how design can solve 21st century problems. The eight briefs this year covered social challenges ranging from tackling water pollution and waste reduction to improving working environments and commuting.

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The winning entries received a year’s RSA Fellowship, which provides the students with access to the RSA’s Catalyst Fund and Skills Bank to further develop their projects. Worth over £30,000 in prize monies, that comprise cash awards and work placements, the RSA Student Design Awards provide financial and practical assistance to student designers starting out in their careers.

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New Designers 2013
Week 2 Part 2

This is the second instalment of Week 2 New Designers 2013 – continuing on with more of our favourite sustainability highlights from this inspiring show, in the following categories:

  • Furniture & Product Design
  • Graphic Design & Illustration
  • Spatial Design (inc. Architecture & Interior Design)
  • Motion Arts
  • One Year On

ANDY ROWLANDS

Here’s a great way to get children onto two wheels and riding safely. Andy designed a modular transportation system to encourage them to learn about their bike or scooter and to play and gain confidence in their cycling skills. We particularly like the tennis ball used for the seat suspension! Andy is an Engineering Product Design graduate from London South Bank University.

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New Designers 2013
Week 2 Part 1

All in all 18,265 visitors went along to New Designers 2013, making this year’s shows the busiest in its 28 year history. Having recently featured New Designer Week 1 we now turn our attentions to New Designers Week 2 for more wonderfully talented, newly qualified sustainable designers. The Week 2 show featured:

  • Furniture & Product Design
  • Graphic Design & Illustration
  • Spatial Design (inc. Architecture & Interior Design)
  • Motion Arts
  • One Year On

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New Designers 2013
Week 1

New Designers brings together over 3,000 of the UK’s best emerging designers across a 2 part exhibition. Week 1 featured:

  • Textiles, Fashion and Accessories
  • Contemporary Applied Arts (inc. Ceramics and Glass)
  • Jewellery and Precious Metalwork
  • One Year On

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Acclaimed author, journalist and design critic Alice Rawsthorn officially opened the event, saying: “For anyone graduating now, this is a daunting time thanks to the economic recession. But the good news for anyone who wants to make their career in design and craft is that there has never been a better time to do so. The most exciting periods of design have always been the periods of greatest change, and we are now living through a phenomenal period of unprecedented change, at extraordinary speed and scale. Your role as designers is to help society to make the most of these changes, to make sure that they affect our lives for good rather than bad.”

Here are some of the talented people we spotted, doing their bit for sustainability and design for good:

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Short Circuit: Gaia Reports On
The True Cost Of Our Gadgets

The Houses of Parliament was a fitting venue for the launch of a new report called Short Circuit, which looks at the current lifecycle of our electronic gadgets and the true cost to the earth. It was released by The Gaia Foundation and allies; African Biodiversity Network; London Mining Network; Mining Watch Canada; OCMAL; Oilwatch Africa PIPLinks & Climate Revolution; and was supported by the EC.

The Gaia Foundation 'Illustration by Roanna Rahman

The Gaia Foundation
Illustration by Roanna Rahman

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The Future Is Here:
A New Industrial Revolution

A new exhibition at the Design Museum seeks to demonstrate that the boundaries between designer, maker and consumer are disappearing. Collaboration with the Technology Strategy Board delivers a major new exhibition about the sweeping changes in manufacturing that are transforming our world. ‘Future is Here’ shows that how we manufacture, fund and distribute will revolutionise the role of the consumer.

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