Winners of the RSA Design Awards announced, including medical icon design for low literacy communities.

A kettle that collects grip data to measure frailty, a new insulation material made from feather waste, a wearable FinTech personal budget management solution, and a medical icon kit for disseminating medicine in  low literacy areas are among the 25 innovations announced today as winners of  the 2016 RSA Student Design Awards.

Callum Smith’s project  ‘FrailTea’(image above) responded to The  Good Life brief, sponsored by Philips, and is the winner of the Philips  Internship Award. FrailTea is a system for collecting and analysing grip data via daily kettle usage, which provides caregivers with an accurate daily  picture of their elderly patients’ frailty statistics. Early identification of  frailty allows for tailored care planning that enables elderly sufferers to  live more independently, avoid potentially devastating trips and falls, and  stay out of hospital. -

Poppy Crow won the Waitrose Internship Award for her project ‘It’s Great  to Hydrate’, developed in response to the Waste  Not, Want Not brief sponsored by Fazer.  Poppy designed a three-step behaviour change campaign aiming to inform the public about how hydrating vegetables can help them keep for longer, and reduce food waste in the process.

Jonathan Stannard responded to  the AfricaPack brief, sponsored by GSK, and won the RSA Fellows’ Award for his  entry 'Medical Symbol Language Kit' -  a kit for pharmacies and/or individuals that includes posters, stickers, and instruction sheets to help people in areas with low-literacy to  understand when, how and how much medicine to take.  

You can see images of all the winning and commended work in their Showcase. The 2016 Awards was celebrated at a special ceremony, ‘Designing our Futures: The 2016 RSA Student Design Awards’, on 20th June at the RSA’s headquarters in London, which included a keynote address by past RSA Award Winner and current Global VP of Advanced Innovation at Nike, Richard Clarke.

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Article edited and condensed from original by Rebecca Ford here