Design Ventura Mini Challenge for year 7 and 8

Please note: The Design Ventura mini challenge has now closed having received 3,000 submissions from students across the country. We will continue to announce weekly winners on Thursdays until 15 April. Follow Design Ventura on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to hear who those winners will be. Of the 25 winners, a shortlist of 5 student designs will be displayed at the Design Museum as part of the Design Ventura exhibition from 12 June 2021.


The Design Ventura Mini Challenge is open to students in years 7 and 8. Winners will be announced weekly on social media until the end of March 2021. Prizes will be sent in the post. The mini challenge offers a taster of the Design Ventura programme for younger students, which can be run in a single lesson, set over rotation or given as homework.

Get your students to answer the brief below for their chance to win a prize!

Teaching Resources

  1. Design Ventura Brief Setter

Teach your students about this year’s brief setter Yinka Ilori and encourage them to think about using colour, pattern and story telling in their design.

Read more about Yinka Ilori on the Design Ventura blog.

2. The Design Museum Shop

Show your students this short video about the Design Museum Shop to inform their thinking:

3. The Idea Machine

If your students get stuck for ideas, use to come up with ideas in only 60 seconds!

The Idea Machine is an online game that gets those ideas flowing. It generates a random brief which you have 60 seconds to answer. The more ideas you come up with the more likely you are to find that winning idea for the online mini challenge.
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4. Paper Forms Workshop

Follow along to this hour long paper forms workshop video to support students with idea generation, prototyping and communicating their ideas:
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Paper Forms Workshop Video led by designer and educator Haidée Drew

5. Video Resources

You can also show your students the following videos to inform their thinking:
What is a Prototype Film – Watch now
What is Sustainable Design Film – Watch now


Follow the 5 steps below to enter for your chance to win a prize:

  • Draw out your product idea, make it clear what it is and how it works (or, if you’ve got time, create a prototype in paper or card.)
  • Photograph your design
  • Upload the photo via the link at the bottom of the page
  • Fill in the form below with your teacher’s contact details in case you win
  • Click submit!

Please note that you will need consent form a parent or guardian to enter the Design Ventura online mini challenge, see Data Protection Policy and Privacy Notice here. If your school requires a parental consent form for this, please feel free to use the version provided here.

Each fortnight we will announce a winner via Twitter and Instagram and prizes will be sent in the post.

Upload your design: