Retail Design World Student Awards 2018

Judges have been announced for the 2018 Retail Design World Student Awards, which look to celebrate, encourage and promote the future stars of retail design.

Running in 2018 for the fourth consecutive year, the Retail Design World Student Awards continue their commitment to inspiring and informing the next generation of store designers by setting live briefs in partnership with major retailers and brands.

Students are asked to bring innovative concepts and designs from a new perspective within an ever-evolving retail industry. Participating universities for 2018 are: University of Huddersfield, which worked on a brief from Kingfisher; Glasgow School of Art and Ravensbourne, both of which are tackling a brief from KFC; and Manchester Metropolitan University and Westminster University, which are answering a brief from Red or Dead.

The scheme is supported by major design agencies, with participating students mentored and supported by retail design experts. Mentors for 2018 are: Tim Greenhalgh, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Fitch; Ross Hunter, Director of Graven Images; Lloyd Blakey, Founder and Creative Director of Innovare Design; Howard Sullivan, Creative Director of Your Studio; Helen Shelley, Creative Director of MWorldwide and Jon Lee, Creative Director of 20.20. Students are supported by their industry mentors as they develop their entries after experiencing a client briefing session.

This year, judging panel of industry experts will be chaired by consultant Lynda Relph-Knight. Judges for 2018 are: Tesh Chauhan, Pret a Manger; Francesco Draisci, Draisci Studio; Jenny Jones, Studio Jenny Jones; Jon Lee, 20.20; Jon Tollit, Gensler; Matthew Valentine, Retail Design World; Steve James-Royle, The Yard: and Jill Higgins, Kinnersley Kent Design. This year’s judges are hoping to discover individuals with flair in their creative approach, who deliver forward-thinking, ideas-driven retail designs in response to a client brief.

Judging will take place on 18 April 2018 at Fitch’s London office. All shortlisted work will be displayed at Retail Design Expo 2018, which will be held at London’s Olympia from 2nd – 3rd May. The winners for each brief will be announced on the first day of the event.

Sarah Adams, RDE Event Manager says: “The Retail Design Awards not only look to identify new talent within the industry, but ask students to develop work that the judges would be happy to present to clients. Last year’s judges reported that choosing a winner was a difficult task due to the quality and talent of the entrants and I’m certain that this year’s awards will push the bar even further.

It is thanks to the awards reputation for finding and supporting new talent within retail design that we are able to attract such a wealth of industry leaders to support the awards – both in terms of the big retail brands which set the briefs, the mentors who support the university students and the judges.”


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