Twelve students have won prizes in an interior-design and graphics competition aimed at giving them an early taste of the tough realities and cash constraints of designing.
Winning designs included shop interiors, a pod with retail screens and graphics for phone cards, milk cartons and internet cd shopping. Dalziel & Pow Design Consultants invited final-year art or btec students to enter its contest.
Stephen Royle from the Surrey Institute of Art & Design won the interiors award with a retail complex called Senses that links shopping with leisure. Matt Green from Somerset College of Arts and Technology also won £1000 first prize for graphics and labels for milk cartons and phone cards. Runner-up for interiors was Rory Buchan from Dundee University, whose virtual shopping space with screens was 'ideal for demonstrating spatial effects of kitchen or bathroom design'.
Dalziel & Pow is looking at extending the competition to architectural students next year. Adrian Warren, associate director of marketing, said the aim was to improve communication between design colleges and the industry. 'We want to close the gap between student and professional. Young designers must become more aware before they start work of some of the financial constraints, but no less design-driven.'