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Fixperts Helen Hamlyn Award 2015

Awards Written by Daniel Charny

Button Fastener for Tom / NCAD, Dublin, Ireland

Fixperts: Aaron Nooney, Marie Kelly, Ally Morehead and Aidan Judd
Fixpartner: Tom
Education Institute: NCAD National College of Art and Design
Country: Ireland

“An ingenious personal, collaborative and iterative design process. The Button Fastener for Tom is a bespoke solution with universal potential. Supporting independent living and shared in a delightful inspiring film.”

Daniel Charny, Fixperts co-founder

Many congratulations to the winners, who were formally presented the award at the Helen Hamlyn Awards ceremony at the Royal College of Art on Tuesday 30th June 2015.

For this third year of the award, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and Fixperts selected 4 other inspiring Fix Films which made it to the 2015 official shortlist:

1. Sitting support for Matan / HIT, Holon, Israel

Fixperts: Nitsan Hoorgin & Shachar Korenblum
Fixpartner: Matan
Education Institute: HIT Holon Institute of Technology
Country: Israel

2. Window reaching system for Gerry  / NCAD, Dublin, Ireland

Fixperts: Aoife Tarmey, Richie Belton, Conor Burke, Stevie McAnaney
Fixpartner: Gerry O’Brien
FixFilmmaker: Stevie McAnaney
Education Institute: NCAD National College of Art and Design
Country: Ireland

A Special Mention goes to the following FixFilm:

3. Interactive inclusive group interaction toy for Little Specials Nursery / Brunel, UK

Fixperts: Abdul, Stephen, Li, Elysha, Theresa, Helen
Fixpartner: Little Specials Nursery
Education Institute: Brunel University
Country: UK

4. Hearing Aid Hack / Sheffield, UK

Fixperts: Rachel Vallance, Steven Batty
Fixpartner: Doug
Education Institute: Sheffield Hallam University
Country: UK

 The entries were of a fantastic standard this year, full of imagination, empathy and skills and we’d like to give a big thanks to everyone who applied. Look out for next year’s competition!

Many thanks to the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design for their continued encouraging support of the Fixperts platform!


“Fixperts helps young designers use design in real life situations and provides them with an opportunity to see clearly how design can be used to improve quality of life.” David Constantine MBE, Motivation.

For the third year running Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design and Fixperts  will select an inspiring fix which has created direct and real benefit.

Previous winners:

2013 The Little Things

2014 The Right Trousers

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