Orwell Prize design competition 2017- call for entries

The 2016 Orwell Prize trophies, designed by Goldsmiths BA Design students Archie, Panagiotis and Tom

The Orwell Prize for political writing is looking for a student team to design this year’s trophies for the award ceremony. The competition is open to all current Goldsmiths undergraduate and postgraduate Design students, and for the first time this year it also welcomes applications from BA and MA alumni:

“Design competition for the 2017 Trophies

The Orwell Prize is Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing. Every year, we award prizes for the work which comes closest to George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’.

We award prizes in three categories: books, journalism, and the Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils. For 2017 we need a trophy for each prize that is presented.

The Orwell Prize has a longstanding relationship with the Design Department at Goldsmith’s, some examples of trophies from previous years are included in this pack. You may want to build on these ideas, or strike out in an entirely different direction. The choice of material, and almost aspects of the design, are completely up to you. However, the following elements of our visual identity must be included:

  1.  An image of George Orwell, specified below (from his National Union of Journalists card)
  2. The text ‘The Orwell Prize’ and the quote  ‘What  I  have  wanted  most  to  ..  is  to  make  political writing into an art.’
  3. The text font must be in either Gill Sans Nova  or  Gill Sans MT .
  4. You will be able to gauge other aspects of our visual identity from contents in the attached letterhead and the visuals on our new website: its original design was inspired by Polish Communist propaganda.
  5. In addition you may also want to research the Orwell Prize’s history and values, which you can find at co.uk.
  6. For reasons of simplicity and confidentiality, we would like there to be space for a small plaque (or equivalent, depending on material) to be affixed with the name of the winner.


  1. Submission of entries for consideration by the Orwell Prize committee from 10th March 2017 to 31st March 2017.
  2. Competition winners announced Thursday 4th April 2017
  3. Winners meet with Orwell Prize team week beginning 10th April 2017 for planning meeting and agreed development dates, budget
  4. Trophies to delivered by Fri 19th May 2017
  5. Winners and guests at George Orwell Prize giving event – UCL – 8th June 2017

The Budget

The awarded budget for the project is £500.00

Work Placement Opportunity

This could also be considered as a work placement option. Working to a client brief and presentation deadlines.”

Download the full brief

Part-time Research and Design Internship with Uscreates

12 Week Part-time Internship Starting March 2017:

· contribute towards the research, ideation and conception of new products, services and strategies within 1 or more of our innovation Labs;
· support the wider Research and Design team in the delivery of inspiring, innovative and future-focused projects.

About Uscreates

Uscreates are a thriving, purpose-led design agency specialising in delivering better outcomes and experiences in health and wellbeing. Working across the public and private sectors we design innovative research methods, services, communications, brands and strategies for clients including: NHS England, The Health Foundation and Spire Healthcare.

In the past month we have launched our new Research and Design programme, Hatch. Fundamentally our ideas and innovation Lab; Hatch is set to explore the intersection between people, data and technology. By bringing together individuals, communities and organisations to create new and explorative ways to address some of our toughest societal challenges, Hatch will provide a ‘third space’ to drive collaborative change.

Over the next 12 months, we will be creating 3 innovation Labs to accelerate exploration across the following areas:

Humanising technology
Consumer health
Design futures

To help us deliver our ambitious plans and drive this exciting work forward, we are looking for a creative, smart and passionate problem-solver to join our internship programme. You are likely to be a recent graduate who is interested in future-focused design, innovation, research and strategy. Although you don’t need to have a design degree or qualification, an understanding and interest in the design field will be extremely beneficial.

About our internship programme:

Start date: From March 2017
Internship duration: 12 weeks part-time
Location: Uscreates, Studio 103, North Block, Vox Studios, 1-45 Durham Street, London, SE11 5JH
Reporting to: Robbie Bates, Design Director

At Uscreates we believe that supporting the learning and development of the next generation of design and innovation leaders is key to addressing some of the wicked challenges of tomorrow. We have therefore created an internship programme that supports students and recent graduates to gain knowledge and experience across research, design, innovation and strategy disciplines. We believe that an internship should provide equal value to both parties and have designed a programme based around core principles of: collaboration, creativity, problem-solving and responsibility.

As part of Uscreates’ Research and Design internship programme your overall objectives will be to:
· contribute towards the research, ideation and conception of new products, services and strategies within 1 or more of our innovation Labs;
· support the wider Research and Design team in the delivery of inspiring, innovative and future-focused projects.
What we are looking for:
· A creative problem solver, curious about what the future could look like
· A self starter with a positive, problem solving mind set
· An organised, conscientious individual who has excellent attention to detail
· An understanding and appreciation of design and innovation and its role in addressing complex challenges
· Someone who can keep up with a fast paced, dynamic organisation
· Excellent communication skills both verbal and written

To apply:

Please send your CV, cover letter and portfolio (where relevant) to placements-internships@gold.ac.uk by midnight on Sunday 19th February.
This is a part-time role for 12 weeks, ideally from March 2017, supported by Santander. The pay will be £1800 in total.
You must be a Goldsmiths student or graduate and have the right to work in the UK full-time to be eligible for this role.

Goldsmiths Press: Call for Contributions

“Economic Science Fictions”, edited by William Davies

Contemporary capitalism suffers from a grave shortage of alternative futures. While the dominant models of markets, of property, of money, of regulation no longer inspire much confidence, let alone enthusiasm, our contemporary fate is to repeat them regardless. Blank repetition of the status quo signals a society without the capacity to exercise economic imagination or economic design. The function of debt is precisely to ensure that such possibilities remain unexplored, creating bonds to the past, rather than blueprints for the future.

What we lack is ‘economic science fiction’, that is, the capacity to inject a modernist design ethos into institutions and practices which have come to feel permanent. This may also enable us to reconsider the present as the effect of past ‘science fictions’, and the on-going fictions as repeated by economists, financial services, accountants and managers. This is not simply about the need to revive utopian thinking, but also about the value of prosaic acts of institutional re-design, which go on in everyday situations. It is also about the need to open up the expert discourse of economics to a broader range of voices and styles, and to explore the overlap between economic ‘science’ and economic ‘fiction’. And it is an effort to re-capture the meaning of economic ‘creativity’ from its repetitive business usage.

This collection will bring together around 15-20 short chapters (circa 2,000-5,000 words each) from contributors inside and outside of Goldsmiths, from across economics and other social sciences, and also from creative and artistic spheres, such as creative writing and design.

Chapter topics should include:
• What is ‘economic science fiction’
• Orthodox economics as a ‘science fiction’
• Designing alternative futures: what do economic blueprints look like?
• The art of writing an ‘economic science fiction’
• Enclaves of utopian thinking: where (and by whom) will economic science fictions be crafted?
• Alternative currencies or alternative property rights as ‘economic science fictions’
• Postcapitalist organisations as ‘economics science fictions’
• Economic science fictions of the past: excavating dead utopias
• Prosaic acts of everyday fiction-building

Professor Ha-Joon Chang (author of 23 Things They Didn’t Tell You About Capitalism and Economics: A User’s Guide) has agreed to contribute a chapter. We can also confirm contributions from William Davies, Mark Fisher, Mao Mollona and Owen Hatherley.

Contributors are encouraged to write for a general readership and to explore ideas and opinions from a diversity of cultures and standpoints.

To submit a proposal or for further information, please email goldsmithspress[@]gold.ac.uk.

About the editor

William Davies is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at Goldsmiths and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Centre. He is author of The Limits of Neoliberalism: Authority, Sovereignty and the Logic of Competition (Sage, 2014) and The Happiness Industry: How the Government and Big Business Sold Us Wellbeing (Verso 2015). He blogs at www.potlatch.org.uk.

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