Design Ventura offers UK secondary schools the opportunity to develop a product from a real design brief, and to work with experts from the design industry and business professionals. The project offers extensive resources for teachers and a CPD programme to support the delivery of the project in schools, as well as a programme of workshops in the Design Museum and live online workshops with our museum educators. Run in partnership with Deutsch Bank as part of its Born to Be youth engagement programme, Design Ventura is the Design Museum’s flagship learning project. Over 10,000 students took part in the Design Ventura competition in 2015.
This February, the top ten schools returned to the Design Museum to find out the results of the competition and to applaud their hard work at the Design Ventura Celebration Event. Student teams were accompanied by family, friends, teachers, and senior management from schools, as well as our design industry experts and business professionals and other VIP guests. The event drew the project to a close and gave schools the opportunity to talk to others about their work, receive awards and commendations for their products, and see their prototypes on display in the Design Museum tank exhibition.
At the event, Finchley Catholic High School’s team was announced overall winner of Design Ventura 2015 with their product Wheelys. They will now be working with Kin Design Studio to develop their idea into a product ready for sale in the Design Museum Shop.
Participating students were given a design brief to develop a product to be sold at the Design Museum Shop. As well as designing an engaging and desirable product, they also had to take into account the Design Museum Shop audience, budget, sustainability, and the 2015 theme of “Move”. Schools then conducted an internal pitching event to select one product to be entered into the nationwide competition.
From over 250 schools who took part in 2015, 10 school teams were shortlisted to come to the Design Museum to present their product pitches to a panel of judges, which this year comprised of: Sebastian Conran, Designer and Founder of Sebastian Conran Associates; Rebecca Hossain, Head of Retail at Design Museum; Angus Montgomery, Editor of Design Week; Naomi Cleaver, Interior Architect and Broadcaster; Christoph Woermann, Managing Director, Global Head of Marketing, Global Transaction Banking at Deutsche Bank; Edward Barber, Co-Founder of Barber & Osgerby. School teams presented their ideas to the judges and fielded questions about their products.
This was our 6th and final celebration event at the Design Museum Shad Thames. We were very sad to say goodbye to this wonderful event in these intimate surroundings with beautiful views of the city, however we are very excited that next years students will the be receiving their trophy under the new and iconic roof of the Design Museum in Kensington.
The 2016 Design Ventura competition brief will launch this summer.