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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Lab4Living OT Placement students’ Researcher Blog: The Reflective journey

OT student placements

Three Occupational Therapy (OT) students at Sheffield Hallam University have been given the opportunity to undertake an extended scope placement within Lab4Living in the Art and Design Research Centre. The purpose of their placement, agreed in conjunction with Lab4Living’s Dr Claire Craig and Helen Fisher, is to develop an intervention that fosters and enables the communication of challenging topics through […]

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Design Futures shortlisted in three categories at the 2019 UK Packaging Awards

The Design Futures packaging team has been shortlisted in three categories at this years prestigious UK Packaging awards. Winners will be announced at the awards evening on Thursday 7th November, 2019, at the Grosvenor House, London. Their shortlisting for the ‘Best New Concept Award’ is for their development of an environmentally responsible cool box that uses sheep wool and corrugated […]

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SIP success: Design Futures’ festive pop-up shop raises nearly £500 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity

Image of John Kirkby at the Design Futures SIP pop-up festive shop

Design Futures raised nearly £500 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity at their festive pop-up shop last month, selling products the packaging design consultancy had designed the packaging for as part of the Sheffield Innovation Programme. John Kirkby and his team within the University’s design consultancy, Design Futures, have been supporting local businesses across the region and providing packaging expertise as part of […]

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Design Futures awarded Design Team of the Year at the UK Packaging Awards!

Image of UK Packaging Awards 2017 logo and (L-R) Hal Cruttenden (comedian), OPRL award sponser Jane Bevis, Design Futures' Peter Macqueen and Phillip Chadwick (Packaging News editor)

Update: Find out more about Design Futures’ win on both Packaging News and the SHU Media Centre. Sheffield Hallam University’s packaging design team, Design Futures, are celebrating after winning the distinguished national title of Design Team of the Year in the UK Packaging Awards – the leading industry awards in the country. Other category winners were some of the UK’s […]

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Design Futures shortlisted for two categories at UK Packaging Awards 2017

John Kirkby, Design Futures, with Bear Hugs' Faye Savoury

02 October 2017 Update: Peter Macqueen, Packaging Designer with Design Futures appeared on BBC Radio Sheffield on Friday 22 September 2017 alongside Faye Savory of Bear Hugs on Paulette Edwards’ Good News Friday feature. Click here to listen. Sheffield Hallam University’s packaging design team, Design Futures, are in the running for two distinguished national titles at this year’s UK Packaging […]

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Design Future’s John Kirkby features on ‘Rip Off Britain’ discussing food packaging

Composite image of John Kirkby on BBC's Rip Off Britain and Rip Off Britain logo - both property of BBC

John Kirkby, Creative Director of Sheffield Hallam University’s commercially focused product and packaging design consultancy group Design Futures was featured as a packaging expert on BBC One’s consumer rights programme Rip Off Britain earlier this week. John was asked to investigate a famous brand of pie tins, and he filmed a ‘video diary’ looking into the packaging, before taking part […]

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Design Futures packaging wins ‘Best Sustainable Packaging’ at the World Food Innovation Awards for Yumpa Bars

Tony Askins (Yumpa Bars) and John Kirkby (SHU's Design Futures) holding a selection of their cricket flour energy bars

Yumpa Bars, a natural energy bar made with cricket flour, won Best Sustainable Packaging at the World Food Innovation Awards International Food and Drink Event for their compostable packaging designed by SHU’s Design Futures Team and Parkside. Yumpa Bars are the first snack bar in Europe to have a fully compostable wrapper. “Environmental responsibility is a key company ethic for […]

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Award nomination for Design Futures collaborative project with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Mark Jayes with MCAST toolkit

A collaborative project between John Kirkby of Design Futures, speech and language therapist Mark Jayes, and staff and patients at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation has been recognised by Mediplex NHS Innovation Awards 2017.   The Mental Capacity Assessment Support Toolkit (MCAST) supports multidisciplinary staff to carry out robust mental capacity assessment and could better support vulnerable patients to communicate their needs.  MCAST has been tested with […]

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