Our design for this year’s awards celebrated the architecture of the new Museum - the seven cast concrete and copper trophies combined to create a form inspired by the museum's square plan and hyperbolic paraboloid roof.
Each of the category winners received an individual trophy with the winner taking the centrepiece as well. Overall winner this year was the IKEA Foundation's Better Shelter.
More information about the awards ceremony and coverage can be found here.
We developed ‘synthetic-evolutionism’, a design process using the methods of evolution through change to create new original outcomes.We were focused on natural selection and faults, or mutations, which naturally occur when making and how these could be encouraged and exemplified through a new set of methods and processes. From that point on we began to design without the use of schematics or diagrams, limiting the authority of each group member to a singular action; passing this authority back and fourth in much the same way that can be seen in production lines. In doing this we removed the potential for selfish design as a design could only be manifested if it was perceived by all member of the committee, therefore everything that was produced had taken influence from all the committee members. This process became known as synthetic evolutionism as it took the idea of natural selection and accelerated it into a design process that required collaboration in order to become productive.
Exhibition [A] was held in November 2015 showcasing our work as Committee [A] and allowing visitors to the exhibition to experience our methods and process through the tools that we created.
Tom Morgan, Panagiotis Tzortzopoulos and myself were selected for our design that revolved around the notion of three being one. Symbolising the removal of hierarchy, with each piece being of equal importance to the whole. Formed of concrete, the trophies were broken from a single slab, The categories stand side by side uniting the prize. "For the last five years, The Orwell Prize has worked with Goldsmiths designers to produce awards for the distinguished journalists and writers who win the prize. This year's design was outstanding - heavy, modernist, elegant, rocky, they captured something about Orwell and his values. They were presented so well and accompanied by a great film of their making - which played on a loop to the hundreds of journalists, editors, publisher, writers, academics, think-tankers and winners."
Professor Jean Seaton, Director of The Orwell Prize
“It has become tradition for students from our department to design and make the Orwell Prize trophy. Tom, Archie and Panagiotis have worked together to create something that resonates with the rhetoric of the George Orwell prize."
Rose Sinclair, Lecturer in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths
‘How do you make someone read every line of your CV?’. This is the most commonly ask question about CVs and is something people aim to achieve so that a potential employer understands as much about you, the potential employee. How do you make someone read every line of your CV? Put it on one line. To do this I printed my CV on one single line the length of A0, cropped the line, coiled it up and housed within a box.
Life of a Parcel
'Life of a parcel' is part of an ongoing project which interrogates the Royal Mail from within. Using one-way-glass film and a GoPro the package attempts to record the full going through the postal system.
Anti Drink Spiking
This object was a reaction to the concerns of drinks spiking. using everyday objects; food bags, tape and a straw, I created an easy safe way to serve drinks in a nightclub environment.
Sexual health football
This project was given to us by Orange Mobile whereby that wanted us to take data they had collected from mobile phone use in Senegal to produce a design led development project within the country.
We decided that it was important to make the data collected by Orange relevant to people living in Senegal. We also wanted to focus on something that was universal so we could prototype and understand it here in London. After meeting Ahmandou, a Senegalese football coach we realised how football could be the perfect vehicle to aid our project. Football is the largest sport here and second largest in Senegal, it has become a language for countries to communicate with.
After looking at the data we found a correlation between poor literacy rates and bad sexual health. This comes because traditional ways of teaching that involve reading are used. In Senegal there is a large taboo about sex in due to it being a muslim country, parent and children rarely talk about it. This only furthers the problem. We aimed to bridge this gap through the use of an educational tool that would make the experience more fun.
We produced a sexual health football coaching video. The video explained how HIV worked and the symptoms it creates whilst also demonstrating the drills and how to teach through football. The video was filmed in the UK but we discussed how it could be re-appropriated for Senegal and children. Alongside the video we produced a coaching manual with many more drills to teach about HIV.
This project was an investigation into non-spaces and etiquette within these forced upon and inescapable events. These are a series of stills from our research and filming within lifts to record people's behaviours within this defined space. We then took these behaviours, specifically speech, and manipulatted them into a series of peoms which we then played back into the space to alter and change the experiance of using a lift.