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Student Starpack Awards shortlist

Eleven BA (Hons) Product Design students shortlisted for the Student Starpack Awards

Eleven of Ravensbourne's BA (Hons) Product Design students have been shortlisted for the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) Student Starpack Awards. The annual competition challenges students to find solutions to issues defined by leading fast-moving consumer goods companies, design agencies and manufacturers.

Established in 1964, the Student Starpack Awards is open to a wide range of courses, some focused on graphic practices, others concerned with product design as well as those courses with an emphasis on materials and technology. 

Students are encouraged to challenge conventions and "break the rules with off-the-wall creativity", responding to one of eight creative briefs set by industry organisations. Ravensbourne year two BA (Hons) Product Design students: Abeil Tseggay, Jericho Cauilan, Dariusz Kowalczyk, Sharifa Ledeatte-Williams, Lorenzo Daquipil, Nasim Ahmed, Robert Jones, Iris Bacar, Zofia Charabaszcz, Josie Skinner and Abigail Ooi were all shortlisted.

Primarily, students chose to enter Portuguese packaging company Logoplaste's 'The Future Milk Bottle' brief, designing a two pint, fresh milk bottle that: "not only contains the milk safely and is easy to use, but also has a visually appealing design that you would be proud to put on your breakfast table".

Students responded with a variety of designs, seeking to create packaging which addresses accessibility issues that might be faced by children or elderly people, as well as creating designs which negate potential spillages. The winner of this category will receive an all expenses paid trip to Logoplaste’s Innovation Lab in Portugal to learn more about the company and sustainable packaging.

Other students designed solutions for the 'Creating Second Life Products – Recycling Awareness' category sponsored by DS Smith and 'Creating Second Life Products – Recycling Awareness' sponsored by RPC-BPI. Designs for this category included a book packaging concept aiming to reduce waste from mail order books, allowing the packaging to be reshaped into a book stand after delivery. Another packaging design could be turned into a plant pot after its initial use.

Speaking about the competition, Sharifa Ledeatte-Williams who was shortlisted for 'The Future Milk Bottle' category said: "I am excited about the recognition of my work, the chance to expand my experiences and the possibility of gaining exposure in the industry."

The results of the competition will be announced on Friday 25 May.

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