Whether you're taking your route into your own hands with a bike or traveling as a passenger on a commercial flight, transportation is about much more than just getting from point A to point B. While we're not holding our collective breath for, say, self-driving cars or commercial space travel, we've seen plenty of innovations on the ground and in the sky in the Transportation category of the Core77 Design Awards.
General Motors' Christine Park led the jury team in choosing this year's honorees, which cover transportation designs of various scales and end users:
Professional Winner: Sandwichbikes, by Basten Leijh
The latest manifestation of the flatpack construction craze is Sandwichbikes, a build-it-yourself bike model that helps riders get to know the ins and outs of their ride in an intuitive way. The bike, designed by Basten Leijh, uses locally sourced beechwood from Germany. The jury was most impressed by the designer's ability to involve consumers: "We were drawn to the concept of engaging customers through assembling the bicycle, creating a unique experience and heightened sense of ownership. The design of the bicycle along with its packaging and graphics were consistent and appealing overall. The usage of laminate wood and its sustainable story was equally impressive as the design itself."
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Student Winner: The Future of Offshore Supply, by Martin Skogholt Hansen and Mikael Johansen
The Future of Offshore Supply is an exploration into maritime design, specifically offshore vessels and how they contribute to the economy. Oslo School of Architecture and Design students Martin Skogholt Hansen and Mikael Johansen took the opportunity to increase efficiency, safety and flexibility while challenging the role of traditional industry designs with a vessel that features an attachable water trailer of sorts. "We were impressed with the concept of a supply vessel that is efficient in cargo handling while strategically adding value to the economy of Norway," says the jury. "The layers of details in the design created an interest that drew us deeper in wanting to know more. The design was best in appearance, concept and presentation in that it effectively utilized graphics, rendering composition, colors and details. All design elements cohesively tied together with the concept."
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Professional Runner Up: New JetBlue Airbus A321 Cabin Interior Design, by paulwylde
With over three million people traveling on planes every day, comfort should be king in terms of the flying experience. While we've made leaps and bounds in comfort-inducing designs since the beginning of commercialized air travel, we still have a ways to go. paulwylde's redesign of the JetBlue Airbus A321 cabin interior adds a few design details that make traveling a bit more enjoyable for all: lie-flat beds, self-serve snack areas and bold, color-coded trim for distinguishing various seating sections. The jury shares their thoughts: "We were impressed by the small thoughtful innovations that amounted to great impact. The changes they made focused on meaningful customer experience and fulfilling the needs of customers. The design of the cabin looked tasteful and also efficient for a low-cost carrier."
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Student Runner Up: Link 500: Concept Railtrack Layer, by Apurba Pawar
Umeå Institute of Design student Apurba Pawar is giving "working on the railroad" an entirely new meaning with his project, Link 500: Concept Railroad Layer. The machine takes the heavy lifting and human error out of laying railroad tracks by linking the track pieces together with a crane. The machine is capable of connecting 500 meters of track per day, which is where the design gets its name. The jury weighs in: "A vehicle that links prefabricated concrete slabs using GPS mapped route was a solid solution to a safety problem faced by workers in developing countries. However, we would have liked to see the concept developed further to address the cost challenges that would limit the usage of such vehicles in developing economies. The design was appropriate, purposeful, and well executed. The presentation effectively demonstrated the concept with a well-executed video."
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Student Runner Up: La bicyclette, by Maxime Depecker
A lock is a bicycle accessory that is nearly as essential as handlebars, a saddle or wheels. To that end, La bicyclette by Maxime Depecker has a lock built right into the body of the bike. The bike only functions when the "lock"—which is really an internal strap within the frame—is taut. Once the lock is engaged, the strap is loosened and the bike looses its tension, making it impossible to ride. "The idea that the bicycle lock is what holds the frame was a simple yet clever solution," says the jury. "We especially liked the concept of a bicycle security system that is seamlessly integrated with the functionality of the vehicle. The simplicity in the appearance of the bicycle was well noted. The color and graphic breakup of the bikes were intriguing. However, we would have liked to see further refinement in the shapes. The renderings were high quality and effective in communicating the concept."
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Professional Notable: 'Hanzo' Dropthrough Wingtail Longboard, by Alon Karpman
Alon Karpman has introduced a breakthrough design for boarders looking to take on long distances. The Hanzo Dropthrough Wingtail Longboard features a low-to-the-ground construction for easy pushing. The board uses aerospace technology to bond the wood veneers—taking away the need for glue and epoxy. "Its beautiful shape pushed the laminate form language to another level, providing a fresh appearance to a familiar product like a skateboard," says the jury.
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Student Notable: Rescue R-01, by Alexander Turesson
The Rescue R-01 is really three vehicles in one: a bus for transporting personnel, a truck for toting equipment, and an ambulance for rushing patients to medical facilities. Alexander Turesson—a student at the Umeå Institute of Design student—designed the vehicle to even have the ability to ride on railway tracks for quicker transport to areas and people in need. In development, the design was focused on responding to train crashes. The jury's thoughts: "This concept impressed us with clever functionality, appropriate design language and impressive visual renderings."
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Student Runner Up: SUDACA / Electric Vehicle, by Guillermo Callau, Federico Ferreyra, Mariano Filippini, Fermin Indavere and SUDACA TEAM
The Sudaca Electric Vehicle makes up for the Vespa's dated looks and the bike's limited mobility on more traffic-heavy roads when it comes to city transportation. The bike was created as more of a platform for future evolution than a single product. One specific design detail stood out to the jury above all else: "The detachable battery cage concept impressed us by effectively executing a 'form follows function' design."
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