With nearly 40 entries to review this year, the LaunchPad judges identified eight winners to receive a free exhibition stand at Stationery Show London 2019.
Entries came in from Australia, Poland, India and the UK from designers and established companies all keen to see if they could break into the UK stationery market. The judges were looking for well-thought out product ideas, that were realistically priced which would benefit from the exposure a trade show can offer – either immediate orders, or the offer of support and development.
Hazel Fieldwick, Event Manager, “we must say a huge thank you to our LaunchPad judges - Sarah Sibley of Got2Jot, Penny Green of kikki-K, Jamie Mitchell of Ohh Deer and Michael Owen of Lime Stationery & Art - who took the time to review and discuss each of the entries last week. We’re very grateful for their time and feedback – it has been very useful for all our entrants to hear back from them.
“The LaunchPad stands always draw visitors keen to see new ideas coming into the market – and often it only takes one order, or one recommendation to make a huge difference to one of the winners.”
This year’s eight winners are:
Stib Pencils– was set up to help young people ‘feel good on the inside & do good on the outside’ and gives 10 per cent of profits to we.org. Judges were impressed with the quality of the pencils and their presentation, saying they would make a great gift or parent purchase.
Bloom your message– developed by a Dutch start-up company these ‘Growing Greeting Cards’ are made of seed paper. Judges liked the range of seeds on offer and the design and presentation of the cards.
CardsHit– their greeting cards range from cheeky to super rude. The judges’ reaction was that, whilst the range wasn’t going to suit everyone, they were certainly memorable.
Brahman Design– this young team design, manufacture and retail analogue stationery products ‘aimed to last a lifetime’. Unanimously described as ‘beautiful’ by the judges and ‘the perfect gift for any stationery fan’, they are already looking forward to seeing the next product from this team.
Vent for Change - is a new eco-friendly and ethical stationery range. The judges felt that the designs, materials and pricing were well thought through, with a strong ethical backstory that would appeal to consumers.
J+A London – two designers James Retief and Addison Soeder aim ‘to pair a refined graphic language with the sculptural, expressive potential of paper’. The judges immediately envisaged commercial interest in these cards from design savvy customers looking for something contemporary and timeless.
Handy Spelling - Handy is designed by educational experts to support the National Curriculum. The judges liked the combination of visual humor, quirky style and functionality which they felt would be popular with children and parents.
Boss Bird – from designer and founder Michelle Wilson-Stimson, Boss Bird creates and offers a range of quirky desk and book planners to help you to ‘plan like a boss’. The judges liked the stand out designs and range of sizes on offer, identifying that the range worked well as gifts or for ‘self-gifting’.
As well as being awarded a free stand at this year’s Stationery Show London, all the LaunchPad winners will also be eligible to enter the Supplier Stationery Awards.
Stationery Show London will run on 30th April and 1st May at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. For more information please visit: www.stationeryshowlondon.co.uk