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Winning Product 2014 - Card Cogs

Our Winners from the 2014 Design Ventura competition were Burnage Academy for Boys in Manchester, with their product Card Cogs. The Burnage team followed the 2014 brief "connect" to design their own new construction game with connecting pieces.

Originally named Kard'lapse, Card Cogs are fun coloured acrylic discs that allow you to connect playing cards to create connected sculptural structures. The only limit to what you can make is your imagination!


Here is their competition entry, consisting of their entry form:


and 3 x A3 design sheets:




On the strength of this entry, the team were shortlisted to attend a pitching event at the Design Museum with 9 other top teams from around the UK. Students pitched their ideas to design industry experts and Design Museum staff, and Burnage Academy's idea was chosen as the Design Ventura 2014 winning product (see top picture for the team on the winning night)!

Design Ventura Pitching Brief 2014 from Design Museum on Vimeo.

In February 2015, the team attended a celebration event and were presented with a Design Ventura trophy, and then went on to work with Giles Miller Studio to develop their idea into a market ready product. This involved changing the packaging and devloping the name of the product to Card Cogs.


Since Card Cogs' launch into the Design Museum Shop, it has become a Design Ventura best seller. The team will return for the 2016 Celebration Event to present their cheque for the profit made by Card Cogs to their chosen charity, The Christie in Manchester, an NHS cancer centre.



Written by Ben