Previous Winners

From 1985 to today

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Pol Blanch, D-Shield

Brunel University

A semi-translucent foldable shield that minimises spray drift, blocking pesticides from drifting during application.

Kristen Tapping, Rolloe Roll Off Emissions

London South Bank University

Bicycle wheel caps that actively purify the air, making for a cleaner ride for the user.

Daniella Kaligorsky, CHECKKIT

Technological University Dublin

A kit which shows how to conduct a self-examination for breast cancer. The kit also has a brochure to explain what to do and how to recognise 12 possible symptoms.

Alex Roquero, ‘Hook’ Shelf

Brunel University

A cleverly designed shelf which can fit on any type of railing and which carry anything from a plant to a bottle of wine

Our Winners


Design For A Natural World

Pol Blanch, Brunel University, ‘D-Shield’, A semi-translucent foldable shield that minimises spray drift, blocking pesticides from drifting during application


Improving Lifestyle and Saving Resources: A Product for Urban Living.

Kristen Tapping, London South Bank University, ‘Rolloe Roll Off Emissions’, bicycle wheel caps that actively purify the air, making for a cleaner ride for the user.


Healthy Body – Healthy World: The Benefits of Plastics in the Modern World.

Daniella Kaligorsky, Technological University, Dublin, ‘Checkkit’, a kit showing how to conduct a self-examination for breast cancer and how to recognise 12 possible symptoms.


Branching Out: Design for Garden Innovation, Connecting People with Nature.

Alex Roquero, Brunel University, ‘Hook Balcony Shelving’, a  shelf which can fit on any railing type and carry anything from a plant to a bottle of wine.


Products for Independent Travel: The Future of Personal Travel.

Ellen Britton, Glasgow School of Art, ‘PEEK Interactive Sunshade for Entertaining Bored and Restless Children’, a travel sunshade for train or car windows based on smart technology which allows children to create pictures while still viewing the landscape through the screen.


Products for Pets: Design For Animal Wellbeing.

Annabel Burton, Nottingham Trent University, ‘Flex Quick-Release Surcingle’, a new quick release buckle on the strap that fastens round the horse’s girth.


Design to Transcend Metal: Changing Perceptions.

Alexander Bordino, Nottingham Trent University, ‘Soft Ice S Pump’, a redesign of the stainless-steel pump currently fitted to soft ice cream machines.


Design for Learning: Innovation Through Play.

Michael Tougher, Glasgow School of Art, ‘Dots’, stackable, flexible buttons which encourage music, comprehension, creation and play.


Saving Lives: Design for Disaster.

Chris Natt, Royal College of Art, ‘Project Sting’, a new syringe to improve the safety of vaccinations in the developing world.


Universal Design: Design for the Rest of Us.

Jamie Mansfield, Nottingham Trent University, ‘Collapsible Flexible Flat-Pack Clothing Hanger’.



Lewis Pearson, Swansea Metropolitan University, ‘Moving Shelving for Primary Schools’.


Refreshing Design.

Dan Watson, Royal College of Art, ‘SafetyNet Sustainable Trawling System’.


Sustainable Design.

James Ravenhall, Northumbria University, ‘DIG Flatpack Garden Tools’.


Secure Design.

Sara Bellini, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, ‘Keepsafe’, personal bag security accessory.


Sound Design.

Derek Muir, University of Huddersfield, ‘HushFlush Noise Reducing Toilet Seat’.


Free Time.

Spike Reid, Northumbria University, ‘Slegoon Extreme Sport Craft’.


Mind, Body & Soul – Mobility.

Martina Carpelan, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, ‘Quacky Flipper’.


Millennium Kitchen.

Rob Thompson, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, ‘Thermoplastic Button Bowl’.


Plasti-city – Mobility and Urban Life.

Alan Whiting, University of Northumbria, ‘Urban Window Cleaning Kit’.


An Educational Toy or Learning Aid for the Disabled.

Ben Plewes, De Montfort University, ‘Freddie the Frog Buoyancy Aid’.


A Design for Luggage.

Rob Law, University of Northumbria, ‘Rodeo Children’s’ Case on Wheels’.


Plastics for the Patio.

Clive Nicholls, De Montfort University, ‘Washing Line System incorporating a Rain Guard’.


Design an item of Packaging that has a Secondary Use

Calvin Hiscock, University of Plymouth, ‘Oil Container’.


Bathroom Furniture or Fittings.

Nick Cudworth, University of Teesside, ‘Height Adjustable Tap’.


Seating for either a Public or Domestic Situation.

Juliette Beauchot, De Montfort University, ‘An outdoor seating system’.


A Product for the Disabled, Handicapped or Elderly.

Sebastian De La Hamayde, De Montfort University, ‘Tactile stickers for the blind’.


Packaging for Any Product Using Plastics as the Main Material.

Alsed Briscoe, Leicester Polytechnic, ‘Modular Pill Dispenser’.


Office Products.

Gary Merrington, Colchester Institute/Birmingham Polytechnic, ‘Light Up Ruler’.


Educational Toys.

Mark Lomas, Nottingham Polytechnic, ‘The Tug Tower educational bath toy’.



Kenneth Newton, Teesside Polytechnic, ‘Multi-purpose light source for yachtsmen’.


An Article of Kitchen Equipment.

Philip Thompson, Teesside Polytechnic, ‘Freefall Detergent Dispenser’.


An Aid to Physical Fitness.

Richard Heayes, Colchester Institute, ‘Modular sports net system’.


A durable piece of equipment or component as an aid to working in or enjoying a garden.

Eric Hewitt, Manchester Polytechnic, ‘Small Lean-to Folding Greenhouse’


Design an Electrical Product using Plastic

Timothy Vince, Gwent College of Further Education, ‘Portable Pack Away Band Saw’.

Our History

The Award first started in 1985 as the BASF Design Award being sponsored by BASF and the Plastics and Rubber Institute (now IOM3) continuing through until 1998.

The 15th Competition in 1999 was retitled as the IOM-Horners Students’ Plastics Design Competition reflecting the sponsorship and support from the London Livery Company, the Worshipful Company of Horners.

In 2000 the Association of Plastic Manufacturers in Europe (APME) became sole sponsors on a biennial basis with APME sponsoring the award in alternate years. In 2001 Lakeland Ltd was the Headline Industry Sponsor.

In 2003 the award was retitled Design Innovation in Plastics, Student Plastics Design Award and continued to be sponsored by IOM3/Horners.

In 2005 the award became its now familiar Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP).

Bayer MaterialScience came on board as Headline Industry Sponsor in 2003 continuing through to 2015 followed in 2016 by Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, which arose from the Bayer Group’s chemicals and plastics unit.