Black and Blum - Student Design winner announced!

Published 7th June 2021

The Design and Technology Association are pleased to support this inspiring competition.

The winner of Black+Blum's first student design competition has been announced following an impressive array of entries from pupils aged 11-14 throughout the UK.

The competition was to position Black+Blum as the leading premium brand for all your food and drink on-the-go needs. The brief was to expand the adult lunch range into the teen market. Pupils could design anything they wanted - water bottles, lunch boxes or accessories like cutlery, and lunch bags.

The competition was won by 13-year old Dana who designed an innovative lunchbox/cup (see pic).

Launched in November by Dan Black (Black+Blum) and Tim Weston, Head of Design and Technology at Oakham School, the Black+Blum Student Design Competition provided a "real life" design challenge which enabled students to identify strengths in existing products, consider what makes a nutritional lunch, and develop ideas through sketches, 3D models and CAD.

“It was fantastic to see so much creativity from all of the young designers who took part,” says Dan Black. “As users of the products they were designing, they showed some truly fresh, innovative, and unique ideas. I was extremely impressed by the high calibre of all the entries, but the winning design stood out for the thorough research, concept development and presentation of final concept.”

Dana (from Wycombe Abbey) received an iPad for her winning design, so congratulations from everyone at the D&T Association!

Tim Weston adds “All of the pupils who took part should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved. It is wonderful to see how they have risen to this design challenge, particularly given the difficulties of lockdown and home schooling, to showcase their remarkable talents."

Dan and Tim are already underway making plans to release the brief for next year's this space!



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