Press release – bpma Student Design Award winners

Press release – bpma Student Design Award winners

Now in its second year, the bpma student design competition attracted a record 150 entries mostly from leading Design University, Brunel. The competition aims to find exciting new ideas for promotional products.  Judges Gordon Glenister, bpma, Simon Edwards, 3M (sponsor), John Travis, Will International (sponsor) Lee Callaghan and Paul Cunningham, Pepagon (sponsor) sat down earlier in the year to select the final 8.

Design-Competition-group-winners-&-sponsors-2011-1On Friday 25th November In a Dragons Den style presentation the finalists came together at 3M HQ in Bracknell to present their ideas. The judges couldn’t decide on an outright winner so awarded joint first prizes to James Eaton with his Safelet Alarm Wristband and George Coombes with his Micro SD Card back up device which is both waterproof and shockproof.  The Group Prize was accepted on behalf of Team ‘Drink Healthier Pen’ by Nicholas Jones and Natalie Grange.These winning designs along with a number of other entries to this Years competition can be seen at the 2012 Trade Only National Show in January. The winning students shared a prize fund of over £2000 and a 3M goody bag.

‘John Travis,Marketing Manager at Will International commented,it has been a privilege to work with such inspired young people for the duration of the BPMA Student Design Award.They are a credit not only to themselves but to their University,Brunel and their Tutors who have been so supportive during this campaign.’

Winner George Coombes commented, “Winning a design competition which is sponsored by 3M, bpma ,stands out on the CV. It gives potential employers an indication of my level of design skill”

The bpma is helping inspire young design talent and we would like our members to look next year at potential placements from these top Universities, commented Gordon Glenister Director General.  The bpma has already had a number of entries in for the 2012 competition which will be judged in April 2012.

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