Design Ventura 2021-22 Celebration Event

Posted by Kahyun Lee on June 07 2022

Design Ventura

On Thursday 28 April 2022 the Design Ventura team welcomed the top ten shortlisted schools to the Design Museum for a day of celebration.

The event was kicked off by Fiona MacDonald, Head of Learning at the Design Museum. To begin the celebrations, schools were invited to join an insightful talk from Sheana Yu, founder of Aergo and Tiya Dahyabhai, Assistant Curator at the Design Museum. Sheana shared her journey as a designer, engineer and founder, seeking ways for design to empower the users. Tiya talked about her career following her passion for textile design and audience engagement.

Industry Insights: Tiya Dahyabhai, Textile researcher and Assistant Curator as the Design Museum.

After tea and cake and while friends and family were on a tour of the Football: Designing the Beautiful Game, students had a chance to participate in an exciting drawing workshop led by Peter Ayres and a typography workshop led by Sarah Hyndman from Type Tasting.

Students participating in workshops

In the afternoon, students and guests enjoyed a careers insight speed networking activity meeting various design and business experts including a graphic designer, product designer, illustrator, and UX/UI designer to name a few.

In the evening, the Design Museum opened its doors to the shortlisted school teams, their teachers, family and friends, Deutsche Bank employees, design industry experts, the Design Museum team and special VIP guests to celebrate the success of Design Ventura 2021-22.

The Awards

Fiona MacDonald began by welcoming the schools and guests to the museum. Then, this was followed by Tim Marlow, CEO and Director of the Design Museum and Christoph Woermann, Chief Marketing Officer of Corporate Bank Marketing at Deutsche Bank.

Amy Harris, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility UK at Deutsche Bank announced Ben Myers from Ferndown Upper School as the Teacher of the Year award. Judges then took it in turn to announce the Design Ventura awards:

OUTSTANDING FINALIST: Prendergast Ladywell School
OUTSTANDING FINALIST: The Piggott School
OUTSTANDING FINALIST: County Upper School
COMMENDATION FOR GOOD DESIGN PROCESS: Ferndown Upper School
COMMENDATION FOR MOST MARKET READY PRODUCT: South Wilts Grammar School
COMMENDATION FOR INGENUITY: Orleans Park School
COMMENDATION FOR BEST PRESENTATION: Liverpool Blue Coat School
Third Place: Salford City Academy
Second Place: Tiffin School


Christoph Woermann announced the winning team Cambourne Village College with ‘Eco Seed‘, a floating doughnut shaped grid which keeps the seeds or plants moist, provoking them to germinate.

The winning team, Cambourne Village College with ‘Eco Seed

Following the award ceremony, the Design Ventura Exhibition was unveiled including all the student made prototypes. This year the display included the past winning product Grow Wild by Heckmondwike Grammar School. The exhibition will run from 29 April – 26 June 2022. You can find out more about visiting the exhibition here.

Thank you to all the schools, judges and guests for attending for this very special event celebrating the achievements of the Design Ventura 2021-22 finalists!

All photos ¬©Richard Heald Photography/Design Museum