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Design Innovation Medal: Nicolas Roope


Nicolas Roope is a British industrial and digital media designer and entrepreneur. His career focuses on a unique combination of product design, digital media and business development. In 2014 he received the PCH Design Innovation Medal. The Design Innovation Medal celebrates entrepreneurship in all its forms, both locally and internationally. It honours an individual for whom design lies at the core of their development and success.

Through his 20 years experience as a designer and conceptual thinker at the forefront of the digital media revolution, Roope has gained some incredible experiences along the way. His most potent insight is the realisation that digital - once and for all - is connecting everything, melting borders, divisions and prejudices along the way. 

In over two decades in the business, Nicolas Roope has been the founder of numerous companies and organisations that have proved hugely influential across technology and design. Companies include Antirom, an art collective formed by Roope in 1994 alongside Andy Cameron and several others, which was innovative in its early ideas of the possibility of interactive media; Poke London, founded in 2001, which continues to demonstrate how brands can use digital approaches to engage with audiences both online and off; and Hulger, a product design company that has found particular fame with its Plumen series of light bulbs.

The original Plumen bulb, released in 2011, is widely acclaimed as the first designer energy saving light bulb and is now included in the permanent design collections at MoMA, V&A and Cooper-Hewitt. Nicolas is still amazed by how little the link between creativity and value is understood and managed in business. If he has one goal it is to help to change this through demonstration.

Supported by PCH.