Winning Product 2014 – Kard’lapse

Posted by Administrator on February 28 2015

Design Ventura

Our Winners from the 2014 Design Ventura competition were Burnage Academy for Boys in Manchester, with their product Kard’lapse. The Burnage team followed the 2014 brief “connect” to design a new construction game with connecting pieces.

Kard’lapse are fun coloured acrylic discs that allow you to connect playing cards together to create connected sculptural structures. The only limit to what you can create is your imagination!

Here is their competition entry, including 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. Below is their prototype for Kard’lapse and a short film about the pitching day, where students pitched their ideas to design industry experts and Design Museum staff:

On the strength of their pitch, Burnage Academy’s idea was chosen as the Design Ventura 2014 winning product. In February 2015, the team attended a celebration event and were presented with a Design Ventura trophy.

They went on to work with Giles Miller Studio to develop their idea into a market ready product. This involved changing the packaging and developing the name of the product to Card Cogs.

Burnage Academy for Boys packaged their product ready for their launch at the Design Museum Shop on 3 July 2015.

The team also had the opportunity to take their product to the Deutsche Bank Office and test their sales skills.

Since its launch, Card Cogs has become a Design Ventura best seller. The team returned for the Celebration Event 2016 where they presented a cheque for £1,864 to their chosen charity, The Christie in Manchester, an NHS cancer centre.

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