thinkpublic win Design Week’s first service design award

We’re happy to find out that we won the Service Design category at last night’s Design Week Awards, which recognises the best British design talent of the year. The categories included product, brand campaigns, packaging, furniture and many more. This was the first year for the service design to be recognised and we were lucky enough to get two of our services short-listed. The first was for the Community Coach, a life coaching service we design and prototyped for families with complex needs in Barnet.

The winner was Relative Friends, a social venture with an aim to tackle issues of loneliness in the UK. The service design combines hosted social events with a safe online social networking environment and features bright, fun and cheeky branding. The judges said: Well-thought-through, clear and smart. Service design with real intent. Clever thinking that has an impact on people’s lives and community as a whole. We have been running it at a small scale so far in London and Manchester and are looking for further funding to scale the service across the UK. So do get in contact if you would like to know more or you would like to help.

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