This year’s RSA Design Awards’ entries include a campaign to reduce food waste to an app to make budgeting easier for young people.

The Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Design Awards is the world’s longest-running student competition – with that, as you might imagine, comes high standards and bucket loads of prestige. Plus, 906 entries to sort through. 

Challenging emerging student designers to tackle real-world social, environmental and economic issues through design thinking and skills is bound to throw up fascinating, new ideas. But we weren’t prepared for quite how cool, playful and clever this crop of innovations are.

Here, we’ve rounded up our favourite winners, which responded to 12 different (very tricky) briefs that cover the whole range of current problems that have primarily stumped the rest of the world, from overpopulation to a lack of resources. 

RSA Design Award winners: A Brighter Future

Shown above, graphic designer Patrick Horan’s response to the Moving Pictures category brief to create an animation to accompany one of the two selected audio files (explaining why Patrick sounds surprisingly womanly on the video; it’s not him, but education campaigner Debra Kidd). 

Using various styles of animation – from hand-drawn animation to stop-motion – Patrick’ uses a naïve, childlike style for emotional impact and to underline that feeling of hope.

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