The Earlybird deadline for the 2014 Core77 Design Awards is approaching fast—on Thursday, to be exact—and we know you want in on the money-saving action. If you need a refresher, you save 20% off of the registration fee by applying by January 30 at 5pm EST—that's $40 for a student entry (instead of $50) and $120 for professionals (usually $150).
As the first deadline for this year's Awards program draws closer by the day, we caught up with a 2013 honoree who took advantage of the Earlybird entry period about what their project has been up to since winning. You may remember Plinko Poetry Machine by Inessah Selditz and Deqing Sun, the Tweet-compiling, game show-esque installation that won a Student Notable in the Interaction category.
Read on to see how one of the designers garnered the momentum from her project's success to land her dream job.Core77: How has Plinko Poetry Machine grown since you entered it in the Core77 Design Awards? Did it win more awards or have you worked on developing it more?
Inessah Selditz: We were approached by an agency about developing it further for a client, but it didn't work out. But we may try to install it later this year since we loved the project so much.
How has your professional life advanced in the past year? Any notable new projects?
I'm very happy to say I started working for my dream company, the LAB at Rockwell Group. It's an amazing group of creative coders, designers, architects and engineers. We work on large scale interactive spaces and immersive installations that blur the lines between physical and digital. We recently completed work for TAO Downtown in the Meatpacking District and an augmented reality installation for CES. Currently we're working on a really exciting project, that will launch in about a month for a big event. So stay tuned!
Do you have any words of advice for current entrants? Or for young designers in general?
Especially for young or student designers—pursue really wild and brave ideas you're passionate about. That being said, be open to feedback and seek it from people you trust. You don't always have to listen to advice, but it's a valuable part of the process.
Don't procrastinate—Submit your entry to the 2014 Core77 Design Awards by 5pm EST on Thursday, January 30, to take advantage of our 20% discount!