31 January 2014

RSA Student Design Award teams up with Creative Barcode to launch Intellectual Property Initiative

The RSA Student Design Awards are pleased to announce a new initiative with Creative Barcode to develop and deliver a workshop on Intellectual Property and ‘being your own brand’ to RSA Student Design Awards participants on 27th January 2014 at the British Library.

The RSA Student Design Awards scheme continues to be the paramount design competition for young designers looking to apply their skills to enduring social issues and real-world problems. Past winners of the RSA Student Design Awards include Sir Jonathan Ive, Senior Vice-President of Industrial Design at Apple; fashion designer Betty Jackson; Andy Clark, who designed the Heathrow Express train; and Hot Springs radiator designer and founder of Priestmangoode, Paul Priestman.

Sevra Davis, Associate Director of Design at the RSA, said:

 “We continue to be impressed by the quality of entries into the RSA Student Design Awards. Participants demonstrate exceptional insight and ingenuity in their responses to the complex social challenges in the briefs. By equipping participants with further skills, such as an understanding of intellectual property, we hope to further empower young designers to make their way in the world and design for social good.

Each year, the RSA Student Design Awards gives out over £30,000 in prize monies comprising both cash awards and work placements.  The RSA Student Design Awards thus provide financial and practical assistance to student designers starting out in their careers. Winners also receive a year’s RSA Fellowship, which gives them access to the RSA’s Catalyst Fund and Skills Bank to further develop their projects.

Maxine Horn, CEO of Creative Barcode, said:

“We are delighted to be working with RSA Student Design Awards and look forward to engaging students in early & positive entry into the Intellectual Property system”.

Supporting the IP workshop is London Design firm, Mellor & Scott who are shaping Creative Barcode’s development of ‘makers-marques’ to assist students to be identified to their works and become their own brands. The new work is due to launch in late January 2014

The 2013/14 RSA Student Design Award briefs cover social challenges ranging from tackling changing work patterns and how these are reflected in the workplace to embedding well-being in everyday life and promoting collaborative consumption. 

Website: www.thersa.org.uk/sda      Twitter: @RSADesignAwards


Sevra Davis


020 7451 6845






Notes to editors:

  1. For more information contact Sevra Davis, Manager of the RSA Student Design Awards on  or Rebecca Ford, Assistant Manager of the RSA Student Design Awards, on 020 7451 6843 or sevra.davis@rsa.org.uk or rebecca.ford@rsa.org.uk or sdaenquiries@rsa.org.uk
  2. The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) has vigorously supported design since it emerged as a professional discipline in the early 20th century, and earlier. The RSA Student Design Awards is an annual scheme now in its 89th year, which issues briefs to young designers to demonstrate how design can solve 21st century problems. The RSA Design team works with leading design educators to develop the skill and confidence of young professionals while demonstrating to others the power of a design-led approach.
  3. Sponsors and supporters for the RSA Student Design Awards

In 2013/14 these included RBS, Patricia Tindale, Severn Trent Water, the Environment Agency, Waitrose, Springetts, and Priestmangoode.


About Creative Barcode

Creative Barcode is a unique Digital IP system fit for the digital age. It enables students, individuals, businesses, social enterprises and institutions to attribute ownership and share concepts within a trust based framework in a fast, easy and low cost manner.

In three years since launch, Creative Barcode has attracted thousands of users from more than 30 countries and has gained the endorsement of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the British Library. The CB system has never been breached.

www.creativebarcode.com Twitter: @creativebarcode


Maxine Horn


01273 906067





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