City design showcase honours industry's young future stars.
THE organisers of Liverpool Design Festival have honoured Merseyside's future "design stars".
The Design Stars final marked the end of a competition designed to encourage young people to consider design as a career.
Almost 200 pupils entered the competition, with 38 nominees chosen to attend workshops with professional designers including Liverpool product designer Ilsa Parry.
All nominees will see their work exhibited at the Design Show at this year's Liverpool Design Festival.
In the video games category, pupils were asked to create a game suitable for all ages.
The winner was Nicole Riley, 15, from St John Bosco Arts College, who created the "brilliantly executed" game, Run Buttercup Run.
The game, which Design Initiative said was "possibly the first video game to feature a veggie theme", sees loveable cow Buttercup trying to escape the farmer's clutches. The player has to "help Buttercup know her life is at steak".
In the product category, pupils had to design an everyday object that "evokes a positive emotion in the user".
The category was won by Christie Sherlock, 15, from King David High, who created the Expand cup. The cup has a second handle that slides out, making it easier to pass around when it is full of hot liquid.
In the "surface pattern" category, candidates had to design a range of patterns that could be used in an interior design project.
Corinne Malone, 15, from Holly Lodge Girls' College, won the event with her designs, based on lighthouses and beaches, for a holiday hotel.
Organiser Elaine Caldwell, of Design Initiative, said: "Taking part in Design Stars and being nominated has enabled these young people involved to develop their already exceptional design talents even further, and their creativity shone through in the ideas and pieces produced in their entries and during the masterclasses.
"We hope this experience will give them a head start in fulfilling their future design career ambitions." * THE Design Show will be held at St George's Hall in October. Anyone interested in taking part should contact organisers through www.
Nicole Riley, centre, is awarded her Design Stars prize by Russell Farrar, from sponsor Ultragraph, and video games designer Richard Boon