Ravensbourne Product Design students excel in 2023 awards season

A render of a bright, eye-catching popup store in a shopping mall

Article by: David Millett

Publication date:

Our second-year Product Design students have had a bumper year at awards ceremonies this year, amassing an incredible 10 nominations across three big end-of-year shows.

These awards hold incredible weight in industry, and many winners secure jobs at retailers and design companies off the back of this recognition.

In one competition, four out of the five finalists are Ravensbourne students - with one taking the overall prize.

Huge congratulations to all our talented students and BA (Hons) Product Design team.

matthew brown quote

The POPAI (Point of Sale/Retail Design) Student Design Awards

Jakob Timerdahl won the Student Design Awards at POPAI 2023, while our students Marta Manzano Brogeras, George Cooper, and Carl Harrisson were selected as finalists.

There are only five finalists, meaning four out of five total were from Ravensbourne – an incredible achievement. The finalists pitched their designs at a Dragon’s Den style event to decide the overall winner.

In addition, Jack Charles-Doran, Bego Pinon-Lopez, and Aresh Rabanantha were shortlisted for the award.

The POPAI awards are the UK's premier student awards for creative retail design. Students create storefront and pop-up stores for various retailers.

Jakob Timerdahl

A simple, sleek wooden stand in a London park with bike wheels hanging on the walls
Design by Jakob Timerdahl: "The pop-up I’ve made is for the brand Swytch. They manufacture and sell user-friendly conversion kits to transform any bike into an e-bike. [Because] my design is tailored to a smaller brand, the pop-up is a very simple construction made from simple and accessible materials."

The Starpack Student Design Awards

Our students George Cooper and Charn Matharu were shortlisted for the Starpack Student Design Awards 2023.

The Starpack awards challenges students to create design solutions to problems set by leading agencies and manufacturers.

Carl Harisson

A render of a bright, eye-catching popup store in a shopping mall
Design by Carl Harisson: "I designed this pop-up to educate people about Robinhood, and offer guidance on strategic investing. The aesthetic of the house conveys sophistication and quality, while the functional features, such as the sound isolation, suggest a commitment to providing a superior experience."

The Pro Carton Young Designers Packaging Awards 2022-23

Our student Rose Lwin has also been shortlisted for the Pro Carton Young Designers Award this year.

The Pro Carton awards is Europe's leading design competition for packaging design, celebrating the use of the material cartonboard.

Bego Pinon Lopez POPAI

A salesperson stands behind a unique-looking hexagonal stand
Design by Bego Pinon Lopez: "This pop-up retail design is for Haeckels, a skincare brand that uses seaweed as material for their products. They make skincare, edible cups, face masks, but also perfume. Being undefined allows them to create from the outside and disrupt from the inside."