The Big Design Challenge



Lauren Laverne


Judges: Morag Myerscough and Tej Chauhan


Somethin’ Else TV Studio for Sky Arts, 14 February to 14 March 2022 (5 episodes in 1 series)


A BSkyB press release beamed into our inbox:

Eight top creatives battle it out over five episodes to be crowned Britain’s next design superstar.
Drawn from all corners of the UK, the competitors will put their problem-solving abilities and creative flair to the test as they face a range of weekly challenges set by a guest judge. The guest judges and challenges are as follows:
  • Konnie Huq, presenter, screenwriter and children’s author, challenges the designers to create an outdoor play sculpture for children.
  • Lemn Sissay, author and broadcaster, asks for a new national reading chair for public libraries.
  • Mourad Mazouz, restaurateur and founder of Sketch, tasks the designers with creating a lighting design for a home dining experience, inspired by the iconic London hotspot.
  • Maggie Aderin-Pocock, space scientist and educator, sets the designers the challenge of reinventing the clock.
  • Orbital, electronic music duo and Brit Award nominee play live from the V&A and set the final challenge of designing an object or product inspired by their music.
Lauren is also joined by two expert judges, artist and designer Morag Myerscough and industrial designer Tej Chauhan, who will cast their eyes over the designers’ creations throughout the series and separate the successes from the disasters.
The designers will compete in two teams of four each week, led by a different team captain. At the end of each challenge, one team will be declared the winner, with all eight artists judged individually by Morag, Tej and the guest judge.
When four challenges are complete, two finalists will be announced whose work has impressed the most over the course of the series. They’ll go on to lead the teams for the final challenge taking place at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, the world's leading museum of art, design and performance. The winner will have the opportunity to exhibit their designs at the V&A, gaining exposure to millions of visitors and industry experts.

So it's a team challenge, but everyone's judged as individuals, and the two best scorers through the heats go through to the final. Glad we've cleared that up.

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