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RAE 2008

Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design


 

Graphic Design Student Wins RSA Award

Roxanne Skinner, a final year BA Graphic Design Student at the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design, has won a prestigious Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) Design Directions award. As well as a £1000 prize, she has been awarded Fellowship of the RSA.

The RSA's student annual awards scheme, Design Directions, offers a range of challenging projects that comment on the changing role of the designer in relation to society, technology and culture. Roxanne won for her response to the Think Again project brief.

The project was developed in collaboration with NESTA’s Innovation Challenges programme, with expert input from the Mental Health Foundation, which focused on Design for mental health, recovery and well being.

Using a detailed case study of a woman suffering from depression, Think Again asked students to design a range of services or interactions that would support a woman suffering from depression on her recovery journey.

In the context of this project, the design represented an opportunity to propose ways that this theoretical woman would be able to gain greater control over and responsibility for her life.

Roxanne focused on the difficulties this person was having in making decisions and how this impacted on her everyday life.

Her solution, Lily Pads was developed from a simple "fortune cookie" game she used to play at school. It is designed to make these decisions less threatening and therefore more manageable. The user uses the Lily Pad to create notes or a to-do list and individual sheets can be torn out and folded into lilies.

As well as helping make the decision, the physical act of creating the lily draws focus away from the gravity of making the decision. This product could be quickly viable in the public sector due to its simplicity and low production cost.

April 3, 2008

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