Today, (Wednesday, 7 May), the second Design Impact Award, run by The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, has been launched across Scotland, confirming the most influential figure in the car design business,  Ian Callum, design director for Jaguar, as Chair of the judging panel.

The bi-annual awards which launched in 2012 aim to demonstrate the huge impact that design and innovation makes to the way we live and work. The winner of The Lighthouse Design Impact Award will receive a prize of £5,000. The Award is supported by Creative Scotland and Glasgow City Council.

Only work which is completed, has found a buyer, or is in use can be entered.  The judges evaluate the benefits that a design has had not just on the economy and environment, but also society. Glasgow-based designer Josh Reid, Core PD Ltd, won the award for his Poolpod, a submersible swimming pool platform lift which enables people with limited mobility to get in and out of swimming pools.

Commenting on his involvement in The Lighthouse Design Impact Award, Ian Callum said: “I am thrilled to be on the judging panel for a Scottish design award, particularly one that evaluates the impact of design on our everyday lives. 

“I’d like to encourage all designers to enter the competition, particularly those in the first few years of their business. The prize will not only increase awareness for the product but can assist with further research and development, which is key to evolving any product.”

Callum, born in Dumfries, Scotland, heads a judging panel of six, including; Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee, Caroline Parkinson, director of creative development at Creative Scotland, Keith Bruce, Arts Editor, The Herald, Ross Hunter, managing director of Graven and Ian Elder, who manages The Lighthouse.

Caroline Parkinson, director of creative development at Creative Scotland, the principal funder of the Award added: “The impact that design can have in society, in business, and in all aspects of our everyday lives is immense but good design often goes unnoticed, simply because it is good design.

“The process and innovation of design can go unheralded and is not as well understood as it might be. We have many incredible designers in Scotland and our support for the Design Impact Awards in Scotland gives them an important platform and a vital engagement with the public.

“I wish all the entrants all the best and look forward to the amazing stories of transformation and impact behind the designs that come forward.”

Bailie Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Jobs and the Economy at Glasgow City Council, finished: “The Lighthouse Design Impact Award offers not only recognition from a very strong judging panel, but highlights the huge contribution design makes to our everyday lives.  I look forward to seeing many high quality entries for the awards, illustrating the strength of Scottish design.”

Key dates:

The entry deadline is Friday, 5 September with the shortlist being announced on Friday, 19 September. From Thursday, 9 October to Thursday, 23 October an exhibition of the shortlisted entries will be open to the general public in The Lighthouse, where they can vote for their favourite entry.

The Awards will culminate in an awards evening in October, where judges will make their decision about the winner and present him/her with their prize.

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