Hollywood, FL - A University of Cincinnati student, Yuan Zeng, captured top honors in the Planning and Visual Education Partnership's 2012-13 PAVE the Way 3D Design Challenge, sponsored by Van Stry Design. This competition, now in its fourth year, offered students a chance to see their designs come to life, gain exposure at a major industry trade show, and win cash awards. Matching the increasingly international nature of retail design, this year's record-breaking 209 entries came from 12 countries. Winners were announced April 16 during the A.R.E. Design Awards program.

Top Winners:

•First Place, $5000 - Yuan Zeng, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

•Second Place, $2500 - Jade Boyle, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

•Third Place, $1500 - Oksana Pugajeva, University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom and Brice Desportes, ENSAN, Rouen, France

Honorable Mentions - $500 each:

•Kathleen R. Barry, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

•Elizabeth Gray, Miami University, Oxford, OH

•Siddharth Grover, DSK International School of Design, Maharashtra, India

•Amanda Jones and Courtney Wallach Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY

•Catherine Murray and Micah Washington, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

•Nick Nguyen, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

•Milos Pajevic and Milan Stevanovic, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Serbia and Montenegro

•Jessica Seyfang and Nick Most, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH

•Eric Yates and Alice Huang, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

"Van Stry Design is honored to have been given the opportunity to help the students' visions come alive. As previous students ourselves, we have found the ability to facilitate the growth of the next generation both challenging and rewarding," said Barrett Stowell, vice president of design and engineering, Van Stry Design. "The finalists were asked to create a concept that resonated with the chosen headphone brands, requiring them to understand branding, functionality and merchandising. The students worked closely with our designers to understand decisions that affected their designs in a real-world manufacturing environment. This knowledge is the true reward for the students, and seeing the final prototypes was a reward for all of us as well." "

The challenge was to design a functional headphone fixture and include a 3D rendering of the design for judging. As sponsor and presenter, Mass.-based, Van Stry Design worked with the students with the top 12 designs to produce prototypes. The prototypes were displayed April 16-18 at GlobalShop 2013 where industry professionals got a firsthand look at the work of tomorrow's talent.

Visit here for details on the competition and to see images of the prototypes.

Source: PAVE


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