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.