Design Council Spark finalists create products to help those with arthritis


The annual Draw up Council programme will help to take 10 products to sell, including tools to make gardening more comfortable and using door keys easier.

Three new offshoots that aim to improve the lives of people with arthritis are set to launch, as a conclusion of the Design Council Spark programme.

Design Council Spark is in its fourth year, and invites draughtsmen and entrepreneurs to pitch ideas for innovative products that improve pole of living and deliver business growth, according to Design Council CEO Sarah Weir.

This year aids 10 finalists, which have each received 16 weeks of help to create their prototypes and £15,000 to develop their products and produce them to market.

10 million people live with arthritis

Arthritis Analysis UK was the programme partner for the second year in a row, so three of the 10 shortlisted effects were designed for people living with arthritis. The other seven look at individual issues such as air pollution, visual impairment, wheelchair use and recycling.

This year’s works are: AirBreathe, a filtration mask for people living in cities with sharp air pollution; CamCup, a reusable coffee cup made from recycled coffee grounds; Cue Sanity, a pair of smart glasses for people with visual impairment, which allows them to understand faces and engage in non-verbal communication; Drink, a glass holder for wheelchair purchasers; Detail, a folding bicycle helmet; Fuxl, a range of flat-pack accoutrements for frequent movers that clips together and collapses; and Phytoponics, a new organization that speeds up the growth of plants.

The three products aimed at those with arthritis categorize: Kikka Digga, a spade attachment that makes gardening easier on the go; Workey, a door key attachment that makes opening doors innumerable comfortable; and Nubbit, a hand-held grip that makes electronic scribbles simpler to support and hold.

“We also need things in our lives”

“Arthritis is the troop one cause of disability in the UK, with 10 million people currently current with it,” says Charlotte Guiver, director of fundraising at Arthritis Analysis UK. “It is not a niche condition. This is a huge opportunity for the design community to off with products for people that are functional, inclusive and attractively designed.”

Weir reckons: “With the launch of the Apple iPhone 8, technology is fantastically vital but we also need things in our lives. World-leading products not only variation lives but break new ground, build businesses, jobs and grow the UK compactness.”

Alongside the £15,000 awarded to each finalist, there is a further £150,000 greening to be spread across the seven product innovations, and £50,000 for the three arthritis-focused works.

Entries for Design Council Spark 2018 are now open. For more communication, head to the Spark website.

See the 10 winning finalists for 2017 in this world:

Workey, by Geoff RolandsenNubbit, by Clair BoubliKikka Digga, by Indentation SkaliotisFuzl, by Oliver TheobaldCue Sense, by Ben Wylie, Jacob Jelen and Andy ShipleyCamCup, by Gareth Roberts and Ziaobin ZhaoDuty, by Nick RawcliffeDrink, by Fiona JarvisAirBreathe, by Keith Pullen, Lawrence Tse and Fiona PullenPhytoponics, by Matteo Iorio, Adam Dixon, Luke Parkin and Neel Patel

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