Five BA (Hons) Graphic Design students won awards at a prestigious international competition held at IBM’s HQ in London earlier this month
Aaron Morris, Will Broomfield, Steven Paul, Katie Barker and Shannon Sanders were all winners at the Creative Conscience Awards 2018 where projects were selected from more than 1,000 entries from 65 countries.
Creative Conscience is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to “improve the communities in which we live and work and in turn help transform the wider world”.
It seeks to inspire creatives to apply their talents to socially valuable projects, promoting sustainability, freedom, social health as well as well-being and these ambitions were all wholeheartedly embraced by AUB’s successful entrants.
Third-year Aaron received a Silver Award in the Product & Structural Design category for his project to create a device that can detect and monitor early signs of infection after chemotherapy.
“Predetect” gives patients a piece of mind, constantly monitor signs of infection and reduces hospital admissions.
Speaking about his success, Aaron said: “Winning a Creative Conscience Award means a lot.
“Being recognised for designing for good is a real achievement and I hope this will inspire me to keep on creating ideas that will positively benefit the world.”
Fellow third-year, Will, received a Bronze Award in the Digital & Technology category for his project “Tickertat”.
The problem with current heart monitors is that they are bulky, intrusive and fear inducing for many children with phobias but “Tickertat” aims to challenge that.
It consists of temporary tattoos made using DuoSkin technology which can be used as mobile ECGs, with children designing their own tattoos thus turning them into comfort devices.
The tattoo is able to track, record and send data to a smart device, then ultimately to the relevant cardiologist and proves to be cheap, robust and durable.
Asked how he was inspired to come up with “Tickertat”, Will said: “I went out to explore alternatives to the current NHS mobile ECGs because of my past experience with heart monitors. I remember playing football one time whilst being hooked up to one of the mobile machines.
“It played on my mind, I was aware of it constantly and the device disconnected regularly, blaring an uncomfortable beeping sound until it decided to reconnect. I began looking into a range of new technologies, specifically those with self-charging capabilities and nano-technological focus.
“A combination of those technologies allowed me to piece together a concept, with user customisation for comfort of both child and parent at the forefront; something praised by children’s psychologists I spoke to whilst researching.”
Second-year, Katie, received a Bronze Award in the Digital & Technology category for her project “Meetup 21”.
Created in partnership with Meetup and the Down’s Syndrome Association, “Meetup 21” is a platform offering young adults with Down’s Syndrome the opportunity to meet like-minded people, based on their age, interests and location.
Talking about her work, Katie said: “Knowing two people who have Down’s Syndrome, I instantly knew I wanted to use my design skills in helping to improve an area of their life in any way I possibly could.
“Working on this project allowed me to realise the power of designing for good and how it can bring out the best in your work, giving you the greatest sense of achievement knowing you’ve helped someone through innovation and design.
“Winning a Creative Conscience award for my work is extremely rewarding and encouraging and I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to get involved and contribute to making a change.”
Fellow second-year, Shannon, received a Highly Commended Award in the Film & Photography category for her project ‘Keep your hands off’.
This campaign sought to raise awareness around domestic abuse towards women and children for the London based charity, Refuge. Refuge have a 24-hour Freephone helpline that offers expert advisers to talk confidential, non-judgmental support to those in need.
Talking about her success, Shannon said: “Winning a Creative Conscience Award for ‘design for good’ is an extremely rewarding achievement.
“During my second year at AUB, I was able to understand that as a designer, we can have the power to use our design skills to change the world for the better.”
Steven, also a second-year, received a Silver Award in the Product & Structural Design category for his project to help the elderly.
“Doze” is a sleep alert band that uses heart rate monitors and galvanic reaction sensors to allow the device to alert the user when they fall asleep, thus providing peace of mind and helping the elderly retain their independence.
Talking about his idea, Steven said: “After spending two months with people over the age of 80 to gain insight to their daily lives and worries, I discovered that falling asleep unintentionally was a big problem for them.
“Not only did they find it embarrassing they also worried about the implications of falling asleep during cooking. I would never have known this was an issue had I not had the opportunity to gain this primary insight from my grandmother and her friends.”
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