Press Release / April 28, 2015

SCAD industrial design students receive honors at Royal Society of Arts U.S. Student Design Awards

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) students Nick Baker (B.F.A., industrial design) and Santiago Acevedo (B.F.A., industrial design) earned multiple honors from the 2015 Royal Society of Arts (RSA) U.S. Student Design Awards in New York City on April 25.

Baker’s submission, “Prism,” was selected as the top entry in the Applied Industrial Design category. As such, Baker received the RSA Leadership Award for Applied Industrial Design as well as the 2015 Billings Jack Design Internship Award. The judges also selected his entry to receive one of two Design Innovation Awards sponsored by Techmer PM.

“Prism” solves the problem of getting up in the middle of the night and not being able to see the light switch. Baker’s solution – a nightlight bedside lamp that turns on when tilted by the touch of just one finger – became the light switch and only emits enough light to illuminate the surrounding area so as not to provide so much light that the brain is stimulated.

Acevedo’s submission in the Product Design category, “Little Peaks,” earned him a three-month internship with Nooka, a New York fashion design company founded by artist and designer Matthew Waldman. The “Little Peaks” family of painting scepters aims to help children ages five to eight refine their motor skills and express their creativity with water-based paint. Using art therapy as a platform, the three scepters target children’s needs (journey, discovery and team work) from different angles to create a cohesive bond within their physical and emotional development.

“The judging panel’s recognition of our students’ work underscores the university’s success in preparing the next generation of designers for productive and rewarding careers,” said Owen Foster, chair of the SCAD industrial design program. “At SCAD, we continually encourage students to explore all facets of design to ensure they are equipped to develop innovative, research-based solutions that produce remarkable user experiences. ‘Prism’ and ‘Little Peaks’ are two excellent examples of such solutions.”

The RSA U.S. Student Design Awards inspires socially inclusive, change-making design that cuts across traditional boundaries. In 2015, the competition received 65 project submissions within its six categories (architecture, industrial design, fashion/textile, communications, product design, and interiors) from 140 undergraduate students. Twenty-six projects were selected for the final Student Design Awards interviews on April 25. The 2015 Judging Panel included the co-founders of the competition, Seren Paige-Bailey and David Turner, as well as other top designers from across the country: Eoin Billings, Duncan Jackson, Shashi Kaan, Marc Shillum, Agnes Bourne, Mark Breeze, Paulo Faria, Steve Greenberg, Jenny Whitener, Sophia Kassam, Tim Lavalley, Rich Manuck, Timo Rissanen, Susan Sheffield, Rick Valicenti, Matthew Waldman, and Marci Zaroff.

SCAD: The University for Creative Careers

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited university, offering more than 100 academic degree programs in 41 majors at locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Hong Kong; Lacoste, France; and online via SCAD eLearning.

SCAD enrolls nearly 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 100 countries. SCAD’s innovative curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources, as well as opportunities for internships, professional certifications and collaborative projects with corporate partners. In 2014, the prestigious Red Dot Design Rankings placed SCAD in the top ten universities in the Americas and Europe. Career preparation is woven into every fiber of the university, resulting in a superior alumni placement rate. In a survey of Spring 2013 SCAD graduates, 93 percent of respondents reported being employed, pursuing further education, or both, within 10 months of graduation.

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