Hartlepool student’s double success in top design award

Hartlepool design student Lisa Hornsey receiving her award.
Hartlepool design student Lisa Hornsey receiving her award.

A Hartlepool student has won a prestigious national award with the RSA student design awards.

Lisa Hornsey, a final-year design for industry student at Northumbria University, has become one of a very small group of designers – including Sir Jonathan Ive, senior vice president of Apple and Paul Priestman, founder of Priestmangoode – to have won the RSA Student Design Awards in two consecutive years.

Lisa won the award within her category ‘fair play’ for designing Squiggle, a chalkboard playhouse for children.

The gender-neutral toy, painted with chalkboard paint, allows children to express their creativity and imagination in a whole new way.

The judging panel praised squiggle for being ‘instantly marketable’ but also ‘completely magical’.

Last year, Lisa won the RSA student design awards 2013/14 for designing Raksha, a brand of biodegradable sanitary towels for school girls in rural India.

The RSA Student Design Awards (SDAs) are 91 years old this year. Since 1924 the awards have challenged emerging artists, designers, thinkers and makers to use design thinking, craft and ingenuity to drive innovation.

Today the awards task emerging designers with real briefs to create solutions for the social, environmental and economic issues that are at the top of the news and social agenda.

Lisa’s award will give her the chance to work with Springetts branding agency in central London this summer.

She received her award at a prestigious event at the RSA last week and her work is on display, along with other winners in an online showcase HERE.