We are delighted to share the shortlist for this year's MullenLowe NOVA Awards that ranges from the futures of food to the experiences of diaspora.
Across 14 projects on the shortlist you can explore the breadth and depth of work from this year's graduating students. The selection was made by a jury including Tim Marlow, Director of the Design Museum, Kelly Mullen, Global Head of Unilever Entertainment, designer and previous NOVA winner Jahnavi Inniss and Jose Miguel Sokoloff, Global President, MullenLowe Group Creative Council.
Alongside the first prize, runners up and the Unilever Unstereotype Award, which are decided by the jury, the YourNOVA People's Choice Award is voted for by the public. Voting opens on 29 June with the winners will be announced on 14 July.
Congratulations to this year's shortlisted graduating students:
Talia Beale, BA Fashion Communication and Promotion – an "art estate" film foregrounding the communities living on housing estates and expanding the types of storytelling situated in those contexts.
Emily Cornuaud, BA Product and Industrial Design – a baking kit to rethink the relationship between those with dementia and their caregivers.
Monique Fei, BA Textile Design – reclaiming the word "spinster" and questioning the role of single women through textiles.
Linran Jiang, MA Graphic Communication Design – an online "poetry garden" addressing the overlap between poet, programmer, artist and designer.
Chloe Kang, MA Industrial Design – transforming pasta into a sustainable super food.
Hannah Karpel, BA Fashion Communication: Fashion Journalism – film exploring the socio-economic barriers within the creative industries.
Malu Luecking, MA Biodesign – a project set in the future to rebuild the food system following climate and biodiversity emergencies with flavours developed from microalgae.
Antoinette Oni, M ARCH: Architecture – an architectural and land-use project supporting reforestation in northern Nigeria.
Natalie Sasiprapa Organ, BA Fine Art – examining fragmented historiographies and dualistic identity to produce new, personal narratives.
Christina Poon, BA Graphic Communication Design – a film comprising archive footage and video portraits to reflect on the perspectives of two British-Chinese siblings.
Shao Qi Tan, BA Ceramic Design – blurring the lines between clay and glaze to highlight the quiet and fleeting hybridity of light and nature.
Amelia Tovey, MA Character Animation – an animated film telling the story of a character dealing with loneliness and lack of sleep.
Mingyu Xu, MA Design (Furniture) – a furniture collection bringing traditional bamboo weaving into contemporary design.
Qiongzi Zhu, MA Narrative Environments – a series of workshops, exhibition and archive documenting the stories and perspectives of queer women and non-binary people.