Techmer PM, a leading producer of value-added colors and additives for the plastics and fiber industries, is pleased to recognize the recipients of six prominent design awards sponsored by the company as part of the Royal Society of Arts United States (RSA-US) Student Design Awards (SDA). Held April 25 at the Cooper Union for the Advancement for Science and Art in New York City, the 2015 program's finalist submissions comprised 23 projects from a collective 36 students representing eight different universities.
The Bill Moggridge Award for Interdisciplinary Design is among the awards funded by Techmer PM and was given this year to Keshev Ramaswami of the Pratt Institute for his project EXOL[L]NEA. The award, which is named in honor of the late William Grant "Bill" Moggridge (IDEO founder, design visionary and former SDA winner), was introduced by Alex Moggridge, Bill's son, and presented by Richard Clarke, global vice president of design at NIKE, Inc.
Richard Clarke and other former RSA winners were in attendance at the event. Clarke, who won his award while at Berkshire School of Art and Design, gave the keynote speech and credited the award with "changing his life." He encouraged student designers to "look for the companies that dare to dream with you."
Other SDA winners sponsored by Technmer PM include:
- Techmer PM Sustainable Design Practices Jaiwai Mae and Kyle Stuart, University of Oregon; JC Munoz, Academy of Art University; and Jiyun Rim, California College of Arts
- Techmer PM Design Innovation Sarah Ali Schachtschneider, Parsons School of Design; and Nicholas Baker, Savannah College of Art and Design
The RSA-US Student Design Awards, which seeks to inspire collaborative, multidisciplinary, design-led social change, will celebrate its 90th anniversary this year in the United Kingdom while the U.S. program is in its third year. Both the U.S. and U.K. programs are open to undergraduate students currently enrolled in college and universities. Techmer PM is a founding sponsor of the RSA's Student Design Awards in the United States.
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