Design Council's Future Pioneers 2014: 4 amazing designs trying to make the world a better place

The winning projects from emerging designers include a self-administering first-aid kit and an alternative internet realm.


An esteemed judging panel of designers and design experts picked four out of 1,400 graduates from Part 2 of New Designers 2014, the UK's largest exhibition for graduate designers, to become Future Pioneers.

The winners are rewarded with a programme of promotion and bespoke support, including a chance to exhibit their work with Designersblock during the London Design Festival and desk space at Makerversity, Somerset House.

The runners-up shortlist also features on Design Council's website.

Future Pioneers aims to raise awareness of the positive impact design can have by providing a platform for designers with the potential to contribute to economic growth and solve social problems in inspiring and exciting new ways.

“Launched with Design Council last year, the Future Pioneers initiative made its much anticipated return this year,” said director of New Designers Isobel Dennis. “This year's selection once again shows a real vision for the future and passion to create extraordinary, meaningful designs that will make a genuine difference to everyday life.” 

See more of the winning entries by using the controls right and above.

Right: Chia-Ju Lin, Edinburgh College of Art - What if I am alone - Emergensee

A first-aid kit designed to be self-administered using one hand.

“It was fantastic that so many of the students at New Designers are aware of the Future Pioneer's programme,” said Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer at Design Council and Future Pioneers judge.

“It shows that interest in design that improves life is ever growing. It was also interesting to see the trend of user-led design evolving to the next level of multiple users, communities and society as a whole."

"Our Future Pioneers showed that high-level concepts that benefit people can be delivered beautifully. We look forward to helping kickstart the careers of the next generation of promising young designers.”

Right: Sarah Gold, Central St Martins College of Art & Design: The Alternet 

A project that includes a reinterpreted internet that puts user privacy at its heart.


Right: Grace Davies, Weston College: Patch 

A social impact project that links allotments to local food banks, reducing food waste and increasing awareness of food poverty.

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Right: Ruby Davies, Kingston University: Objects tell stories 

A service to condense sentimental inherited objects in order to retain memories and feelings of closeness to the deceased.


Right: Ruby Davies, Kingston University: Objects tell stories 


Right: Grace Davies, Weston College: Patch 

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Right: Sarah Gold, Central St Martins College of Art & Design: The Alternet 


Right: Chia-Ju Lin, Edinburgh College of Art - What if I am alone - Emergensee