To celebrate winners of the Schools and Students Starpack 2017 Awards, a presentation was held on 28 June at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining headquarters at 297 Euston Road, London.
The Schools and Student Starpack Packaging Design Awards are designed to encourage students to take up a career in the exciting world of consumer packaging design.
This year once again saw entrants take on the challenge with brilliant off-the-wall creativity and solutions to what were quite demanding briefs.
With 114 packs submitted for the Schools competition and 125 packs submitted for Student competition, it was difficult for judges to choose winners amongst so many great ideas.
David Wiggins, chair of the organising committee, said, “We are delighted with quality of thinking and effort that has gone in to students' entries.”
“The winning idea behind the competition is to introduce young people to the design process and provide them with an early introduction to the industry and to excite this next generation into thinking of packing as a career opportunity. It is also a great opportunity for students to showcase their great ideas and solutions directly to an industry, which is looking at rising stars.”
The competition, established in 1964, challenges students from a wide range of courses, some with a graphics emphasis and others concerned with structural/product design, as well as those from materials/technology courses, to submit solutions to problems set by brand-leading FMCG companies, design agencies, and manufacturers – and win recognition of their excellence.
Starpack sponsor, Darren Wingrove from Logoplaste, was pleased with exceptional standard of entries this year. He said, "The attention to detail and creativity made the job of choosing winners very hard. The range of ideas from simple but affective to high-tech and futuristic showed the passion and understanding being put to the task. For me I felt a sense of pride at the quality of future designers and engineers emerging from our schools and colleges."
First time sponsors, RPC, were also elated by what they saw. Brain Lodge, RPC representative, said, "The standard in both schools and student work was excellent and we are very encouraged about the future of the industry."
Many thanks to all the Starpack 2017 sponsors, who have donated a wide range of prizes including work placements and monetary gifts.
BPI, Canned Food UK, The Coca-Cola Company, DS Smith, Graphic Packaging International, Logoplaste, Peter Brett Associates LLP, The Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association, RPC Group and Smurfit Kappa UK.
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