By Tom Banks
With the Design Week Awards judging day just around the corner, we’re happy to announce the names making up this year’s independent judging panel, which includes client side and in-house experts from across the industry.
IKEA, NB Studio, Jason Bruges Studio
They include NB Studio creative director Alan Dye, who will be judging within the Communications section, where he’ll be joined by Riposte Magazine designer Shaz Madani and many others, who between them will be looking at eight categories including identity design, brand campaigns, writing for design and editorial design.
In the Spaces section we’ve got Ikea’s interior design leader Clotilde Passalacqua alongside Dalziel and Pow design director Richard Bennett and others who will be looking at categories including hospitality and workplace interiors, retail interiors and exhibition design.
Dedicated digital judging venue
This year we’re taking digital judging offsite and have teamed up with Engage Works which will host categories such as AR and VR, website design, app design, and TV, film and video graphics within its Flux innovation lounge, which is a dedicated testing space for the latest tech, robotics and platforms.
We’ve assembled a team of digital judges and among them are digital installation expert Jason Bruges, Ustwo design director Helen Fuchs, and Guardian design director Ben Longden.
The Product and furniture section will see Made’s design director Ruth Wassermann judging with Quaterre partner Daniele Ceccomori and others.
There’s a social design category, which will be judged by the Royal College of Art’s Rhama Gheerawo, who is director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design who is an expert inclusive design and design for good.
More than 20 judges will be looking at your work and ensuring that we’re rewarding design excellence across the board. This year there’s a great balance of old hands and younger designers who already have a lot of experience under their belt.
The Rising Star category, which recognises the design stars of tomorrow and is free to enter, will be judged by design recruitment specialist and director of Studio Lucy Painter.
There’s still time to enter the awards. Entries close on 27 March and you can find out more here.
Emma Follett, deputy chief creative officer at Design Bridge
Greg Bunbury, founder Bunbury Creative
Joanna Arscott, independent creative lead and strategist
Jesse Boyce, creative director, Touch Note
Alan Dye, creative director, NB Studio
Samuel Mensah, creative director SM Studios
Sarah Boris, Sarah Boris Studio
Sam Stone, creative director Coley Porter Bell
Shaz Madani, editorial designer, Riposte Magazine
Pali Palavathanan, creative director, TEMPLO
Clotilde Passalacqua, IKEA interior design leader
Lucienne Roberts, founder GraphicDesign&
Pippa Nissen, founder Nissen Richard Studio
Richard Bennett, design director, Dalziel and Pow
Tessa Simpson, design director, O Street
Jason Bruges, founder, Jason Bruges Studio
Helen Fuchs, design director, Ustwo
Aporva Baxi, Co-founder, Dixon Baxi
Ben Longden, digital design director, Guardian News and Media
Ruth Wassermann, design director, Made
Daniele Ceccomori, partner, Quarterre
Rama Gheerawo, director of Helen Hamlyn Centre, RCA
Lucy Painter, director, Studio