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Developing the design stars of tomorrow...
Design Stars is a project by Design Initiative for young people aged 11 to 16 years old.
Open to all secondary schools in Liverpool, the Design Stars competition seeks out the next generation of design stars by challenging pupils to produce innovative and exciting designs in response to live briefs set by professional design teams.
Design Stars aims to encourage the city’s budding design talent to think about the design industry as a realistic career option by working alongside inspirational, professional role models from this exciting sector.
The 2010/11 competition was launched at Liverpool Design Festival 2010 and included categories for Product, Surface Pattern and Videogames Design.
During Spring term 2011, fourteen participating secondary schools in Merseyside benefited from workshop sessions led by designers Ilsa Parry, Rachael Taylor and Richard Boon, who also judged the final entries in their category. Over 275 young people took part in the workshop programme, and over 185 submitted entries to the competition.
The full shortlist can be viewed online, just follow the 2010/11 NOMINEES link.
All 38 nominated pupils were invited to take part in weekend masterclasses at the Bluecoat, and the budding designers created some fantastic products, screen prints and videogames ideas. A slideshow of images from the classes can be seen here (Photos by Barrie Dunbavin):
Overall category winners were announced and awarded their prizes at the Design Stars Awards Ceremony at the Bluecoat on 28th June 2011, and all nominees were presented with their certificates of achievement.
The event was hosted by Culture Liverpool's Sean Durney at the Performance Space at the Bluecoat, with prizes presented by Russell Farrar from sponsors Ultragraph alongside the project design partners Richard Boon, Ilsa Parry and Rachael Taylor.
The full list of winners is:
VIDEOGAMES DESIGN CATEGORY:
1st NICOLE RILEY, 15, St John Bosco Arts College
2nd Group entry: CONOR REEVES 12, LIAM SEARS 13, BENN SHANNON 13 and JORDAN WALKER 12, from De LA Salle Academy
3rd MILENA NOWOTNA, 14, St John Bosco Arts College
PRODUCT DESIGN CATEGORY:
1st CHRISTIE SHERLOCK, 15, King David High
2nd ROBERT WEIGHILL, 15, King David High
3rd JESSICA O”HARE, 15, Bellerive FCJ Catholic College
SURFACE PATTERN DESIGN CATEGORY:
1st CORINNE MALONE,15, Holly Lodge Girls’ College
2nd ABBIE DUTY,14, Broughton Hall High
3rd HANNAH MACKENZIE, 15, Holly Lodge Girls’ College
First prizewinners received an iPod Nano, second places won either an iPod Shuffle or Gamstation vouchers, and all third placed entrants were awarded Top Shop vouchers.
An exhibition of all the winners and nominees' entries will be on display at the Design Show at St George’s Hall, as part of Liverpool Design Festival, from 6th to 9th October 2011.
Entry to the current Design Stars competition is now closed. If you would like to register your interest in taking part in future Design Stars competitions, please email email@example.com.
Design Stars 2009/10
Last year over 370 young people took part in the workshop programme and a total of 180 amazing entries were submitted. The standard of work was really impressive and judging by the entries the future of design is in good hands.
Click here to view the 2009/10 nominees