As the world of design has moved toward customization, sustainability and self-assembly, maker culture has become an increasingly prominent force in the field. The maker movement has led the vanguard in a new era of design, an era with a renewed focus on sharing, self-sufficiency and reducing wastefulness. The Open Design category is one of the most mutable in our Design Awards program, as exponential improvements and breakthroughs in technology continue to broaden possibilities. This year, we asked for "projects whose final form is 'open', liable to change (physically or digitally,) and whose underlying purpose is creation or recreation by the end-user, either through production (ex. 3D Printing), assembly (ex. DIY), or personal customization."
Our Open Design Team this year was led by Bethany Koby, CEO & Co-Founder of Technology Will Save Us. Joining her on the team were Dominic Wilcox, Founder of Dominic Wilcox Studio, J Milligan, Executive Producer at Toca Boca and Kelly Nyland, Director of Marketing at Snapchat.
Jury Captain Bethany Koby clearly outlines four criteria she and the team considered when reviewing the Open Design work:
1. Is it clear what problem the project is trying to solve, do we get it from what they've showed us?
2. The process that informed the project, do we feel it has sufficient research, subject matters, do we know who the audience is, etc.
3. What stakeholder interests did they consider? Did they really consider the different parts of the process that they're solving.
4. How does the project actually affect the world in terms of value or impact, what is it actually changing that it's intended to change.
Core77 would like to express our deepest gratitude to the entire Open Design Jury Team for recognizing the following projects: