One of Ive’s design team, Richard Howarth

Apple industrial designer, Richard Howarth, who has donated an annual award of £4,250 to help young designers get into the creative industry.

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Why is he doing it? It’s because in 1994 he won an RSA Student Design Award and received a bursary of £4,250, which he used to travel to Japan for a work placement with Sony. He says:

“I don’t know how else I would have done it. It kickstarted my career and was genuinely lifechanging.”

This week the RSA is launching the inugural Richard Howarth Award. Howarth will donate £4,250 a year that will be split between two winners of the RSA Student Design Awards, who he will personally select. Here’s a link to this year’s winners and a showcase of their work.

The winners are Alec Machin, who is entering his fourth year of Product Design & Manufacture at the University of Nottingham and Joel August Stein, now entering his third year of Product & Industrial Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Richard personally selected the work based the winners’ outstanding enthusiasm and commitment to the practice and breadth of design.

There’s a little more on this here.