As a collaboration between Adrem + leManoosh, Sketch Off: Battle of the Grads had a fantastic response receiving entries from all over the world. From South Africa to Surrey, Ireland to Ipswich and Lithuania to London. The entries were shortlisted with the top 8 sketches selected to be this year’s finalists. An opportunity for product design graduates to come in and showcase their sketching prowess in front of a live audience and our judges, featuring industry leaders from SeymourPowell, Tangerine, Joseph Joseph and Tej Chauhan Studio.
On 4th October, our competitors were put through their sketching paces, through four rounds of challenging design briefs in front of the live audience as well as Facebook Live stream, which meant lots of frantic but seriously skilful sketching.
Of course, Sketch Off wouldn’t have been possible without all of our talented finalists, who showed their enthusiasm and skills to keep the audience entertained throughout the event. Our 2017 competitors included:
Francisco Rojas Miranda
We would also like to shout out to Richard Seale from Seymourpowell who also kept the masses entertained with the super popular VR room. An experience where anyone could immerse themselves in to his world or Virtual Reality and create three-dimensional designs in real time. This was an exciting opportunity to see the software Richard and his partner developed in action and an insight to another medium of the design process.
Round One: Freestyle!
This saw all out competitors get their hand in gear by having 20 minutes to sketch what they were comfortable with. Unfortunately, at this stage we lost Fraser Leid from the University of Hertfordshire, and Joseph Weaver from the University of the West of England.
Round Two: Mood boards!
Our six remaining combatants were presented with 4 brand focussed mood boards, of which they then had to design a camera or speaker for their selected brand. Taking in to account and implementing key brand features into their designs. Sadly, Elodie Soler and Francisco Rojas Miranda, both from the Royal College of Arts, were eliminated.
Round Three: Joseph Joseph!
With our four remaining designers, we set a challenging task where they were given a brief from Joseph Joseph to design a concept for a toilet unblocker/plunger. They were all given 5 minutes to read through the brief and study the brand’s catalogue then straight into 20 minutes of intense sketching/rendering. At this stage, we lost Emilios Farrington-Arnas from Brunel University and Daniel Wyrobal from the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
Final Round: Wearables!
Our two final sketchers went head to head for their space at Seymourpowell in the final round designing a wearable item. John Glynn, recent graduate of the National College of Art and Design in Ireland and Tom Anderson, current student of Industrial Design & Technology at Loughborough University, battled it out in a speedy 20 minutes urgent to show their skills in design, technique and communication.
It was a very tough call as judges thought both contenders had their own talents and expressed their sketches differently. After a very long deliberation finally, John Glynn was chosen as Sketch Off – Battle of the Grads winner and received a 1-month internship at SeymourPowell.
John Glynn, an Irish Industrial designer is an avid designer and design sketcher with a passion from everything product to automotive and in-between. His sketches convey fluidity, emotion and dynamism, with confident lines give a confident sketch.
All in all, to all the contenders, judges and audience who watched the Sketch Off in person or online and had a blast, we would like to send a special thank you to everyone for supporting. We’re already looking forward to Sketch Off: Battle of the Grads 2018. See you then!