The 2016 Creative Conscience Awards were announced at an awards ceremony hosted by Unilever. 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.
The intention is to achieve this through the promotion of socially valuable, human centered design that will enable and inspire people to change their lives and the lives of those around them for the better.
Graphic Design students won three awards in the Product and Structural Design Category with 3rd year student, Kieran James scooping Gold for his project which aims to help people suffering from asthma.
Kieran tells us: “I suffer from asthma and rarely carry an inhaler, when I heard that the number of asthma attacks is increasing I decided to see what I could do about it.
My response was to create ‘Breathe’, a small refillable inhaler that blends into your lifestyle. The inhaler is accompanied by a smartphone app that connects to your device and is able to help you through an asthma attack.”
Second year students, Tristan Dummer and Perry Rowe won Silver for their project ‘Orbit’, an educational pack that provides a framework to teach the foundations of maths by using the structure of a tree itself.
Third year student, Jack McFall won Bronze for his Breast Cancer Awareness Bottles.
Further success was gained in the Architecture, Engineering & Interior Design category by second year students: Izzi Hays, Lauren Platts and Stefan Man who won Silver for their collaborative project.
‘Green Space’ is a wayfinding garden for people suffering from dementia in a care-home setting.
Lauren tells us: “We wanted to provide a sense of independence for people with dementia in helping to maintain quality of life. The multi-functional Green Space offers this to residents. The garden is essentially a journey for them to undertake, as well as providing a new communal area for residents to explore, reminisce, and relax.”
Samuel Hinckley won Highly Commended in the Illustration & Animation category for his project ‘Colour Blind Charlie’.
He tells us: “Colour blindness is almost always discovered at a young age and most people with the condition will avoid anything creative or colourful. My aim is to break this barrier by showing that colour blindness is just another way of seeing the world, through an interactive and entertaining experience that targets a young audience.”
Members of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan Council from around the world were present at the Awards to hear keynote speech by Sir Jonathon Porritt & Founder Chrissy Levett.
Chrissy says,“Once again we are delighted by the standard of the projects that have been submitted this year. We look forward to supporting some of the winners to help bring their ideas to reality and have real, positive, social impact.”
Sir Jonathon Porritt CBE went on to say, “These awards are very special indeed, stimulating a mixture of commitment and creativity that is extraordinary.”