Design Ventura Online Mini Challenge

Posted by Poppy Parry on March 30 2020

Design Ventura

As the Design Museum is temporarily closed, we have moved the Design Ventura Mini Challenge online. Each week we will be awarding prizes for the best design submitted into the virtual Ventura post box. This weekly competition is open to everyone; students, designers, adults and young people of all ages. It’s a fun design challenge for all the family!

Design Ventura Post Box, photo credit: Tom Bird @bytombird

All you have to do is come up with a new, creative and commercially viable product for the Design Museum Shop, upload a photo of your design and fill out a form for your chance to win.

Each week we will be announcing the winning design via Twitter and Instagram and that person will be sent a prize in the post. Below is the design brief:

Submit your designs via the link below:

If you have any questions about setting this challenge for your students or family, please feel free to contact and don’t forget to follow Design Ventura on Twitter and Instagram to find out if you have won.

Good luck!

To help inspire you, here are the past winning submissions to the DV Mini Challenge:

Week 1: Elektro Pencil by Nyah aged 6 
A rechargeable pencil that helps children learning to write.
Week 2: Environmentally Friendly Torch by Ubaid aged 15
A wind up, solar powered torch made from recycled plastic with glow in the dark buttons.
Week 3: Organic Pocket Cup by Bethan aged 13
A collapsible cup that comes in a bag made entirely from sustainable materials.
Week 4: DROP-A-SEED by Estair aged 18 
A frisbee that dispenses seeds when thrown.
Week 5: ‘Design’ Rubix Cube by Muhammed aged 18 
A reimagining of the classic game for the Design Museum Shop.
 Week 6: Size Adaptable Chair by Louen aged 13 
A chair for children that can be adapted to their height as they grow.
Week 7: Thermo-changing Straw by Lauren aged 14
A reusable straw that changes colour depending on the temperature of the drink.
Week 8: Hidden Plant Pot Safe by Mia aged 16
A sound proof safe to hide valuables that looks like a plant pot.
Week 9: Handi Handles by Maya and Steve, aged 7 and 40
Handles to protect your hands when carrying reusable shopping bags.