Design Ventura Judging Panel 2015

Posted by Administrator on December 20 2016

Design Ventura

This year’s Design Ventura Pitch day is on Monday 7th December.This is when our top 10 shortlisted school teams will come to the Design Museum to present their product ideas to our judging panel of design experts.

This year our judges are:


Angus Montgomery is the editor of Design Week, a title that provides breaking news and in-depth analysis of the trends that shape the design world and showcases the most interesting new design work. He is a former managing editor of the Architects’ Journal and reporter at the Press Association.


Christoph is Managing Director, Global Head of Marketing, Global Transaction Banking at Deutsche Bank. Christoph has a passion for garden design and has been an ardent supporter of the Design Ventura project and a seasoned member of the judging panel.


Designer Edward Barber is co-founder of design studio Barber & Osgerby. Their diverse body of work spans industrial design, furniture and site-specific installations as well as limited edition pieces. Public commissions include the London 2012 Olympic Torch and projects for the Royal Mint. In 2007 they were awarded Royal Designers for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts and in 2013 the designers were each awarded an OBE for their services to the design industry.


Naomi is an interior architect and designer specialising in homes, from private residences to student accommodation, hostels to holiday villas. Naomi is also a writer and broadcaster dedicated to promoting the good news of good design.


Rebecca, Head of Retail at the Design Museum, has 15 years’ experience in retail management including working for BRAC the largest NGO in Bangladesh, running her own fair trade retail partnership, and management roles at Tate Modern, Farrow & Ball and the National Portrait Gallery.


Acting as our head judge Sebastian studied Industrial Design Engineering at Central St. Martins, where he gave the Sex Pistols their first booking and designed the record sleeves and posters for The Clash. After working at corporate identity consultancy Wolff Olins and leading hard-goods development at Mothercare, he founded Sebastian Conran Associates design studio in 1986, which he continues to lead.

Sebastian has taught furniture design at the Royal College of Art, lectures frequently and judges many international design awards.