So ingenious. So sparky. So disgustingly attractive.
Hot or not, design students are almost always up to something silly. Now it’s the UK’s Royal Society for Arts’ 2013 Student Design Awards, which this year were all about “eliminat[ing] waste, over-production or excessive consumption.” The winners were announced in a PDF document, which I think every Internet user can agree is a highly practical and elegant format — the epitome of good design. Non-Internet users, enjoy the clean margins on your printouts.
Since it’s impossible to have a contest without corporate sponsors, the RSA snuggled up with the Royal Bank of Scotland,* a car insurance company, and a for-profit water company. Surely the ideas they’ve endorsed will be both transformative and uplifting.
No, no, they’re all bad. There’s a washing machine you can fix yourself, thus “encourag[ing] a culture of repair” — aw, the Maytag man can’t get a break! — and an Australian commuting scheme called YOLO. Well, actually it’s “Yolo” — mixed case. Not that that helps. (“Taking the bus? That’s so 2012!”)
Oh, and also a plan to encourage commuting by
PUMPING SWEET-SMELLING VAPOR INTO SUBWAY STATIONS.
Yes, that’s the actual Good Day Ticket machine in the photo. Nothing menacing there, no sir.
The rest of the RSA winners are just as delish — so much so, I won’t cram them into one post. Coming on Wednesday:
*”Traders at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)… left a trail of evidence… detailing how they set about trying to manipulate LIBOR. … A settlement [was] announced on February 6th in which RBS admitted to rigging rates. It agreed to pay fines of $475m to American regulators and another £87.5m ($137m) to Britain’s Financial Services Authority.” –The Economist, 02/07/13