John Kirkby on how Design Futures can support researchers

John Kirkby on how Design Futures can support researchers Are the days of research findings being shared primarily through traditional academic papers and reports coming to an end? We caught up with John Kirkby (Creative Director) to discover how Hallam’s Design Futures Packaging team is helping researchers not only make a tangible impact, but also reach new and wider audiences. […]

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Design Futures Packaging designed ‘Kids in Court’ game wins European award

Kids in Court

A research project and evidence-based board game designed to help prepare children for court through play has won the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize. The game has been designed with Design Futures Packaging. The game builds on research by Dr Marilena Kyriakidou, a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), and has been developed with the Design […]

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Design Futures Packaging team success at the UK Packaging Awards 2023

Congratulations to the Design Futures Packaging team, who have had another successful evening at the UK Packaging Awards. The Design Futures Packaging team were shortlisted earlier in the year in two categories for the UK Packaging Awards 2023. The UK Packaging Awards 2023 ceremony took place in London on Thursday 12 October 2023 at Grosvenor House on Park Lane, and […]

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Design Futures shortlisted in two categories for the UK Packaging Awards 2023

Photo shows a pink cardboard box. The closing flap of the box has the appearance of a pig's nose. To the left of the box are 3 Trupic vegan chocolate bars. The packaging is printed with the words 'Keep Trufflin'"

Design Futures has been shortlisted once again for UK Packaging Awards. This year, they are shortlisted for the ‘Design Team of the Year’ Performance Award. They have also been nominated for their innovative packaging design for local chocolate company Trupig Vegan in the ‘Corrugated: Online Retail and Consumer Goods’ Quality Award category. Speaking about the design for Trupig, Design Futures […]

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Design Futures: A retrospective – 20 years of Design Impact

Design Futures exhibition image

In association with Lab4Living’s Research England Expanding Excellence in Research Award In celebration of Design Futures’ 20th anniversary – an exhibition of selected projects conducted by Sheffield Hallam University’s packaging and product design group. Design Futures is a team of award-winning product and packaging designers and researchers at Sheffield Hallam University. Design Futures’ work, informed by the latest research methods […]

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CCRI Seminar Series – ‘Design Futures Packaging: Support work for research projects’ with John Kirkby (Design Futures)

John Kirkby CCRI Seminar - Picture of John and projects worked on by Design Futures

Please join us on Wednesday 16 March 2022 for our next CCRI-wide seminar as part of the Culture & Creativity Research Institute Seminar Series, where we will be hearing from Design Futures‘ John Kirkby. Design Futures Packaging: Support work for research projects Creative Director John Kirkby would like to take this  opportunity to present some recent examples of how the award […]

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Design Futures win at this years UK Packaging Awards

  The Design Futures Packaging team within the ADMRC in SSA have won 2 awards at this years UK Packaging Awards, one of the UK ‘s biggest packaging competitions. The team has won ‘Design Team of the Year’ and also ‘Resource Efficient Pack of the year’.   It is the 4th time in the last 6 years that we have […]

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Life Cafés are on the market!

Life Cafe is launched

The Life Café kit is now available to purchase via Marie Curie! It’s amazing to think that we began our work with Marie Curie on the Design to Care Programme in just 2017 and we now have an evidence-based product on the market. This is particularly made possible by the wonderful and award winning Design Futures Packaging ( team, who […]

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Design Futures collaborate with Bailey of Sheffield to develop revolutionary quick-release stainless steel bracelet clasp

Quick-release stainless steel bracelet clasp - Design Futures and Bailey of Sheffield

Industrial designers at Sheffield Hallam University have collaborated with a local jewellery firm to develop a revolutionary new product. Bailey of Sheffield, a firm which engineers stainless steel jewellery at their base in the Portland Works, enlisted Design Futures to design a unique quick release clasp for a stainless steel bracelet, a feature that is not readily available in the […]

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Design Futures wins Design Team of the Year at UK Packaging Awards

Design Team of the Year award

The Design Futures packaging team has been recognised as Design Team of the Year for the third time at the UK Packaging Awards 2019. The prestigious award, sponsored by OPRL, was presented at a black-tie awards ceremony in Grosvenor House, London last Thursday evening. Packaging design studio creative director John Kirkby, who received the award on behalf of the team, […]

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