A team of ‘Fixperts’ from Kingston University has been awarded the RCA Helen Hamlyn Fixperts Award for their Product & Furniture design project, A Spoon for Gabi.
The team’s 5-year-old Fix Partner Gabi didn’t have the right tool to feed herself and relied on others to help. But Gabi wanted to be able to do it independently, so Kingston University Fixperts Philip Sutton, Tabatha Pearce-Chedier, Rachel Yang and James Caldwell got to work designing a practical solution.
After several rounds of prototypes and vigorous testing, the team achieved their final product, a screw-on spoon attached to a robust, contoured handle, which enables Gabi to feed herself.
Fixperts.org praised the winning team for their practical innovation and inspiring filmmaking, which was judged by the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design (HHCD) at the RCA:
“The HHCD jury commented on the attentive engagement with the Fix Partner, the choice of an issue with real daily and personal benefit, as well as on the inventiveness of the solution. And all of this in a delightful film that captures the story of the people and the fix. The high level of empathy, intelligent design process and compelling communication made this the winner of this year’s award. Congratulations to the students, Fix Partner and teaching team for this inspiring achievement.”
Since its founding in 2012 by Kingston University Professor Daniel Charny, Fixperts has grown to become a global movement of practical design with real social impact, bringing innovative solutions to real life challenges and using storytelling to share ideas and good practice with the design community and beyond. There are now more than 400 Fixperts videos online, demonstrating design solutions from 21 countries.