It's been a long year. But it wasn't all bad, right? Okay, it was pretty bad, but let's take a moment to celebrate some of the good—if any—to come out of it. Namely, the things you made.
Core77 is excited to announce the 2018 Core77 Design Awards are now open for entry! Since the awards' inception in 2011, the program has welcomed nearly 10,000 entries from professionals and students in over 49 countries around the world. It stands as an annual opportunity to take a look back and celebrate some of the best design of the year. Submitting your best work from 2017 is a chance to be a part of a global conversation, get recognized by your peers, and pick up an award or two.
We can all agree that design has become an increasingly ambiguous, amorphous blob of disciplines, so in addition to your traditional heavy-hitters (Consumer Product, Furniture & Lighting, Packaging), the design awards offers a slew of categories that aim to encompass a few of those new outliers (Design for Social Impact, Interaction, Strategy & Research). With 14 categories altogether—there's something for everyone. With distinctions for Professional and Student entries alike, the Core77 Design Awards has awarded over 250 individual design firms including IDEO, frog, Pentagram, and fuseproject, as well as countless students from around the globe.
Each year, the program hand-picks a jury of international design talent to judge each category. This year's lineup is no exception, including design all-stars like Original Champions of Design co-founder & Director of Design for the Hillary for America campaign Jennifer Kinon, Studio Dror founder Dror Benshetrit, former Stanford d.school K12 Lab Network Director Susie Wise, Shaper CEO Joe Hebenstreit, and plenty more fantastic folks. These professionals are each asked to build their own judging teams that promise a wide swath of experience and perspective, ensuring a diverse point of view for each category.
The best part of this process, however, is the announcement. Not just to finally satiate everyone's anticipation for who the winners are, but to kick off a conversation on the current state and future of design in the years to come. After reviewing, jurors announce their decisions via a video where they describe, in their own words, the process, observations, and discussion that led them to their final choices. It sheds light on a process typically kept behind closed doors, and sparks a meaningful discourse in the weeks that follow.
What do you get for all this? Well beyond another line on your LinkedIn profile, you'll get your work showcased across the Core77 blog and beyond, adoration by your peers, visibility by esteemed designers in your field, as well as a very swanky trophy designed by none other than New York studio Rich Brilliant Willing. Inspired by the kind of group effort that designers and their clients engage in every day, the trophy doubles as a mold, allowing you to, well, make more. As many as you like.
Here's another fun update in this year's competition might also inspire your desire to apply! We're excited to announce that the Design Concept category will now be accepting student submissions.
If this sounds up your alley, get at it. The 2018 Core77 Design Awards are currently open for entry now. Like right now. Early Bird pricing ends on January 31, Regular Deadline ends March 8, and the Final Deadline to enter is March 29. That's it. Winners will be announced June 12. Here's to 2018.