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3 Sep 2019

Winners of SAFOD Self-Sufficiency design project design catalogue.

Miranda Priestley was presented with her Award for winning the SAFOD Self-Sufficiency design project by Professor Cees de Bont, School Dean. 

Miranda and runner up Beth Chobanova, produced catalogue designs for the Charity Southern African Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD). The design competition was part of an AHRC sponsored research project to promote best practice and raise awareness of inclusive crafts in Southern Africa. Members of the Charity advised the students who took part on what they needed for the Southern Africa Assistive Technology EXPO (SAATE) and associated conference in Windhoek, Namibia, between the 11th-13th May 2020.

Miranda recently graduated with a BA(Hons) in Graphic Communication & Illustration. Her competition prize is a ten-week bursary to develop her winning catalogue design with members of SAFOD. 15,000 catalogues will be printed for the SAATE conference to be distributed across ten Charitable organisations in as many Countries in Southern Africa that are affiliated to SAFOD

Miranda commented:

“I was delighted to hear the news that I had won the SAFOD Catalogue Competition at Loughborough University with my design proposal. Having focused on design in developing countries in my final year of my degree, Graphic Communication and Illustration, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to put my skills to the test.

“The catalogue involves presenting a collection of resources in Southern Africa regarding Assisted Technology for disabled designers. It is a great introduction to the Design Industry that is rewarding in benefitting other people and helping those in need of the expertise.”

The project - Raising awareness of inclusive crafts: building capacity and self-sufficiency of communication within the Charity SAFOD and the Countries of SA, was AHRC funded. Dr George Torrens, Senior Lecturer (pictured - far right), was the principle investigator with Simon Downs Lecturer in Graphic Communications (pictured far left) co-investigator.

George said “We’re delighted that such high-quality designs were submitted to the competition and the students, achieved so much for taking part. I know that the Charity, who were involved in the judging process, are very impressed with the winning catalogue design and overall quality of submissions.”.

The project is part of follow-on funding from a previous AHRC funded project - Expression of heritage and culture through inclusive arts and crafts design: empowering people with disability to contribute to their community in SA. The series of projects are part of a programme of work with the aim of reframing the perception of individuals, communities and society towards assistive technology products and those who use them.


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