We've always been keen to keep students in mind when it comes to our Design Awards program—after all, today's design students are tomorrow's world-changing innovators, entrepreneurs and design superstars, and recognizing them as such has been part of Core's mission since day one. Your fresh, new ideas are exciting to us, so show us what you got! We also know that competing with professionals is tough, so we've created student sections for 15 of our 17 categories. And since we know your budget is tight—we've been there—we're offering a discounted student entry fee of $50 as opposed to the professional fee of $150.
From Consumer Products and Equipment to Interaction and Social Impact, we can't wait to see what you've been working on this year. Submit your work and we might be featuring you next year! Not to mention you'll get this awesome DIY trophy if you're a student winner in your category:
To give you an idea of just what it takes to get your hands on that sweet precision-milled block of aluminum, here's a closer look at two student designs that were honored in last year's program.
GRAVITY – The body in space // Inversion Glasses
Camille Dedieu, Jèrèmie Lasnier and Camille Seewer created a pair of glasses that helps the user view their space in a different way that challenges the everyday interactions we encounter. In the designers' words:
The projects explores notions of gravity and its influence over space, over our perception of it and over the body itself. By offering a world where people are affected by multiple gravities, we expose new spatial possibilities and new ways of negotiating space. The inversion glasses are a tool to navigate the inverted gravity experience re-orientating our point of view and spatial references.
The project attempts to give the wearer a feeling of inverted gravity through the use of mirrored text, various shapes and curves, stairs and turns. Last year's jury loved this project for its ability to reintroduce the brain to the idea of spatial interaction. For more jury comments, check out the project on the Core77 Design Awards site.
Scritch // Social Impact: Runner Up, Interaction: Notable and Strategy & Research: Notable
Scritch, a design by Hideaki Matsui, took the Design Awards by storm last year. While it might not have won an award in one specific category, it did gain honorable mentions in three different categories. The wearable was created to help people suffering from chronic skin disorders control their itching. More from the designer:
'Scritch' is a patient-centric measurement system that consists of an ergonomically designed wearable device and software application that objectively measures levels of itchiness and helps those battling chronic skin disorders manage their condition. Itchiness is a subjective sensation that ranges from mild to severe depending on the individual. 'Scritch' collects data to analyze an individual's itching patterns, determines how factors such as prescription medication, environmental factors and stress levels could affect symptoms and future outbreaks.
Wearers are able to share their "Scritch Score," making it easy to share detailed information with doctors for a better diagnosis and treatment. From pulling objective facts from an involuntary action to the design's unimposing nature, the judges were completely won over by the wearable.
Become a part of design history and submit your design to the Core77 Design Awards before the March 20th deadline.