A toy designed by Christopher Doyle, ex KC student and presently a third year BSc Product Design student within the University of Northampton's School of The Arts, has won a prestigious prize in the Royal Society of Arts' (RSA) Student Design Awards
Attracting nearly 800 applications from students and new graduates around the country, the RSA Student Design Awards challenge emerging designers to tackle pressing social, environmental and economic issues through design thinking. The competition recognises the very best in new talent, with just 20 winners awarded nationally each year.
Christopher's design, 'Morty', is a multifunctional educational toy which incorporates packaging and up-cycling of household waste as a part of the play experience. The toy encourages a regenerative cycle of play that minimises waste. The entry included a full design proposal and a professional presentation to a competition jury at the RSA Headquarters in London.Christopher's £1,000 Natracare award will enable him to fund the production of his final major project working prototype, further his computer aided design skills and fund a work experience placement with DeeThree Design Consultancy.
Christopher commented: "I was not expecting to be shortlisted let alone win! Designing, creating and making are things I enjoy and to be applauded and appreciated in such a way is amazing!"
Christopher will receive his award at a prestigious event at the RSA in their London headquarter on 11 June 2015 and his work will go on display, along with other winners, in an online showcase from 26 May 2015.