Contact lens retailer offers £25,000 for winning student design concept


Leading contact lens retailer has launched its first student design competition, called ‘Visionaries’.

The international competition, launched simultaneously today 1st October 2019 in the UK, Netherlands, Spain and Italy, invites students to submit a product design aimed at helping contact lens wearers in their daily lives. It can be something simple, like an emergency contact lens carrier you can have on you all the time, or something a little more complex, like a new way of putting on contacts in the dark.

Hoping to generate creative ideas in an industry traditionally focused on medical products rather than lifestyle accessories, Vision Direct is offering £25,000 for the winning design along with £5,000 for the winning university. The ‘Visionaries’ competition is open to individual students and teams of up to four – undergraduates or postgraduates – from any higher education institution, college or university in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Spain and Italy.

The Visionaries competition is poised to become a real cauldron of design ideas, with prestigious schools taking part, such as London’s South Bank University School of Engineering, Madrid’s Istituto Europeo di Design (IED), Eindhoven’s Technische Universiteit and Italy’s University of Palermo, among many others.

Entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts, including founder and editor-in-chief of Dezeen Magazine, Marcus Fairs, academic and international design consultant Kuno Prey, inventor and designer Duncan Shotton, Rainlight Creative Director Yorgo Lykouria and Vision Direct CEO, Michael Kraftman as well as the prestigious Design Council.

Entries to the “Visionaries” competition close on the 21st December at 23:59, with runners up and the winning design announced in January 2020 and February 2020, respectively.

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