Happy New Year, designers! We can't wait to see what this year will bring for the Core77 Design Awards. The deadline to receive one of our limited edition silk-printed posters may have come and gone, but the earlybird deadline (with a 20% discounted registration fee) is still up for grabs if you submit your entry before January 30.
We've got a little motivation for you. We can give you a little insight into the fabulous jury captains who will be leading this year's judging teams. Read on to get to know the people you're out to impress:
INTERIORS & EXHIBITIONSLocation: New York, New York
» Geoff Manaugh
Author of BldgBlog
and Editor-in-Chief at Gizmodo
Geoff Manaugh is a freelance writer, curator, and the author of BLDGBLOG, where he publishes widely on questions of landscape, architecture and technology. He is also the author of The BLDGBLOG Book (Chronicle Books, 2009), Landscape Futures (ACTAR/Nevada Museum of Art, 2013), and a forthcoming study of the relationship between burglary and the built environment (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014). Manaugh is the former director of Studio-X NYC, an off-campus urban futures think tank run by the architecture department at Columbia University, and is now editor-in-chief of Gawker Media's technology and design blog Gizmodo.
EQUIPMENTLocation: Portland, Oregon
» Sohrab Vossoughi
Founder, President and Chief Creative Director of Ziba
Sohrab Vossoughi is the founder, president and chief creative director at Ziba. During his 29-year tenure, he has received numerous accolades that include being named one of the five innovation gurus in the U.S. by Business Week magazine, being elected as a "Global Leader of Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum and serving as an elected advisor to the Hong Kong Productivity Council since 1998. He currently holds more than 40 patents. Sohrab speaks internationally and regularly contributes to Fast Company
, Harvard Business Journal
and Rotman's business journal.
PACKAGINGLocation: Stockholm, Sweden
» Isabelle Dahlborg Lidström
Creative Director and Managing Partner at NINE AB
Isabelle Dahlborg Lidström is the creative director and managing partner at the strategic innovations and design agency NINE AB. She has 20 years of experience in design and has worked in NYC, Copenhagen and Stockholm and with Condé Nast, Brindfors Design, The Brand Union, Kunde Co, Pond and No Picnic. Her deep understanding of the challenges of the design business and industry mixed with her ability to find the most appropriate solution to any given problem has earned her a number of awards: a diamond Pentaward, a Green Good Design silver and "Best in Show" award, a Red Dot Design Award, and an IF award, to name a few.
Isabelle has also a member of the Berghs School of Communication Advisory Board since 2010, and the Design Committee of the Swedish Association of Communication Agencies. She has served on the Spice jury for four years, last year's Eurobest, Pentawards, Guldägget design jury, and this year's Pentaward jury.
EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVESLocation: Brooklyn, New York
» Charlie Cannon
Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Rhode Island School of Design
and Chief Design Officer at EPIC Decade
In 1999, Charlie Cannon co-founded the Innovation Studio at RISD. Since then, students have proposed new roles for design in reducing carbon emissions; reshaping sustainable agriculture; promoting economic development and leveraging ecological regeneration. Their results are frequently published and exhibited--most notably, Partly Sunny: Designs to Change the Forecast
, commissioned by the City of Denver for the Democratic National Convention. They have also helped launch longer-term research such as the One River Project, funded by the NEA and the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council; a five-year collaboration with Earth University; and RISD's role in a National Science Foundation grant. The teaching methods Charlie developed in the studio have been profiled in Ken Bain's award winning What the Best College Teachers Do
STRATEGY & RESEARCHLocation: Chicago, Illinois
» Larry Keeley
President and Co-Founder of Doblin Inc.
Larry Keeley is a strategist who has worked over three decades to develop more effective innovation methods. Keeley is president and co-founder of Doblin Inc., an innovation strategy firm known for pioneering comprehensive innovation systems that materially improve innovation success rates. Doblin is now a unit of Deloitte Consulting LLP, where Keeley serves as a Director.
Since 1979 Keeley has worked with many global companies on innovation effectiveness, among them Apple, Coca-Cola, Ford, Mars, Sony and Zurich Financial Services. He lectures frequently and publishes regularly on strategic aspects of innovation. Keeley's book that codifies much of the research and tradecraft that drives effective innovation, The Ten Types of Innovation and the Discipline of Building Breakthroughs
, is available on amazon
Bloomberg Businessweek named Keeley one of seven Innovation Gurus that are changing the field, and specifically cited Doblin for having many of the most sophisticated tools for delivering innovation effectiveness. In 2010, they also selected Keeley as one of the 27 most influential designers in the world.
He was also a long-time board member for Chicago Public Radio, where helped to foster "This American Life" and other path-breaking new radio programs and media innovations.
DIYLocation: New York, New York
» Ayah Bdeir
Founder and CEO of littleBits
Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO of littleBits, is an engineer and one of the leaders of the Maker movement. Bdeir's career and education have centered on advancing open-source hardware to make education and innovation more accessible to people around the world. She is a co-founder of the Open Hardware Summit
, an alumna of the MIT Media Lab
and a TED Senior Fellow
(her TED talk "building blocks that blink, beep and teach
" has over 700k views).
Recently Bdeir has been named No. 33 on Fast Company
's "Most Creative People in Business for 2013
." littleBits has been named as one of CNN's top ten Emerging Startups to watch and won over 18 toy and education awards
. Originally from Lebanon and Canada, Ayah now lives in New York City.
FOOD DESIGNLocation: Amsterdam, Netherlands
» Marije Vogelzang
Designers who work with the subject "food" are often called food designers. According to Marije Vogelzang, food is already perfectly and beautifully designed by nature—she designs from the verb to eat. She is inspired by the origin of food, the preparation, etiquette, history and culture of food. That's why she doesn't call herself food designer but would rather title herself as the world's first eating-designer. Her aim is to look at the content and background of the food. The shape is just a tool to tell the story.
Having graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 2000, Vogelzang set her mind on creating a new direction in the field of design. After having developed and recently sold two experimental restaurants called 'PROEF' in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, she broadened her experiments and developed her vision to design from of the verb of eating.
For 13 years, Vogelzang has worked on restaurant concepts as well as long-term medical projects for hospitals. She initiates workshops to educate and inspire and also does some extensive work for food industries. She designs art installations and has recently curated some very well-perceived exhibitions about eating and design. Her work has been published and acknowledged globally.