There's a little over one week left to get involved in the 2014 Core77 Design Awards—which means there's still plenty of time for you to enter your design for the chance to win one of our coveted trophies. Previously, we introduced our team of jury captains in two parts (check them out here and here), but what's a leader without a team? Get to know the professionals who will seeing and judging your work in the Equipment, Packaging, Educational Initiatives, Speculative and Food Design categories.
» Jury Captain: Sohrab Vossoughi Ziba // Founder, President and Chief Creative Director
Vossoughi has received numerous accolades that include being named one of the five innovation gurus in the U.S. by Business Week magazine. He also speaks internationally and regularly contributes to Fast Company, Harvard Business Journal and Rotman's business journal.
» Kiersten Muenchinger University of Oregon // Director & Associate Professor – Product Design Program
Muenchinger was the Industrial Designers Society of America's (IDSA) Young Educator of the Year in 2011. Before joining UO, Kiersten held design engineer positions with IDEO, Fitch, Sottsass Associatti, Walt Disney Imagineering and the Long Now Foundation.
» Jamian Cobbett Nike // Director of Design, Digital Sport
Previous to Nike, Cobbett directed Industrial Design teams for Kodak and Ziba, developing breakthrough products and strategies for brands such as KitchenAid, Logitech, Sirius Satellite Radio, P&G and Panasonic.
» Stevan Wittenbrock SoMA // Founder and President
Wittenbrock has directed full-cycle product development programs for both start-ups and Fortune 50 companies in more than 40 industries. His clients have included Intel, Nike, Carl Zeiss, Herman Miller, IBM, Nvidia, LightSPEED Aviation, Fluke and many others.
» Jury Captain: Isabelle Dahlborg Lidström NINE AB // Creative Director and Managing Partner
Lidström has 20 years of experience in design and has worked with Condè Nast, Brindfors Design, The Brand Union, Kunde Co, Pond and No Picnic. She has been honored with a number of awards, including a diamond Pentaward, a Green Good Design silver and "Best in Show" award, a Red Dot Design Award and an IF award.
After graduating college in the UK, Öst started up the internationally renowned design, film and brand agency SNASK in Stockholm together with his friend Magnus Berg. In 2012, they wrote a book called "Make Enemies & Gain Fans" about creative entrepreneurship that got on Amazon.com's Top 5 Bestsellers list.
» Charlotte von der Lancken Front // Founder and Designer
Front's products often communicate a story about the design process or question the visually obvious. They have won a number of prestigious awards and are represented at MoMA, Centre Pompidou, Victoria & Albert and Vitra Design Museum.
Ackerman has spent decades teaching designers how to define problems clearly and solve those problems through multidisciplinary teamwork. For 15 years as the head of RISD's Industrial Design department, he has created real-world design solutions for industry leaders such as Intel, Rubbermaid, Frigidaire and General Mills.
Ewens holds a Master of Arts in Education (Mathematics) from Stanford University and has taught grades 6-12 in some of the most innovative schools in the country. Most recently, he ran The Hub—the high school initiative of the Providence After School Alliance.
Gagnon was recently awarded the 2013 Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship for her plan to dramatically expand access to design education for Rhode Island students and teachers. Prior to taking on the role of Executive Director for DownCity Design, she served as the Education Director for Providence CityArts for Youth.
» Jury Captain: Oron Catts University of Western Australia // Founding Director of SymbioticA
Catts is an artist, researcher and curator whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project is considered a leading biological art project. His work is often cited as inspiration to diverse genres such as new materials, biotech, textiles, architecture, ALife, ethics, fiction, cultural studies and food.
» Zack Denfeld Center for Genomic Gastronomy & CoClimate // Co-Founder
Denfeld teaches in the MFA Collaborative Design at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, USA and helped launch the Center for Experimental Media Art at the Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology in Bangalore, India. Currently he is co-curating the Strange Weather exhibition at the Science Gallery in Dublin, Ireland.
» Laura Beloff IT University in Copenhagen // Associate Professor and Head of Section – Interaction Design and Computer Game Development
Beloff is an internationally acclaimed artist who has been exhibiting worldwide in museums, galleries and art events since the late 1980's. Her research interests include practice-based investigations into a combination of various materials and methods with technology, information and organic matter.
Foster initially trained as a silversmith at the Australian National University School of Art, and enjoys a reputation as a skilled hollowware maker. He has been represented in COLLECT (London) since 2004 and continues to exhibit worldwide.
According to Marije Vogelzang, food is already perfectly and beautifully designed by nature—she designs from the verb to eat. She is inspired by the origin of food, the preparation, etiquette, history and culture of food. That's why she doesn't call herself food designer but would rather title herself as the world's first eating-designer.
» Marjan Ippel Foodtrend Analyst, Food Blogger and Food Columnist
Marjan Ippel is foodtrend analyst, food blogger and food columnist for the major food magazines in the Netherlands, such as ELLE Eten. She is a self-publisher of a range of food titles, the most recent being "Foodlingo Bijbel"—a book that explains what's going on in food by describing specific foodie lingo.
Kuster wanted to expand her culinary senses and left her previous home of London for a food-inspired journey through South America. She used her experiences abroad to start Food Rhapsody, a blog where she presents a fresh perception of our everyday consumption.
» Ronald de Nijs Zestz // Owner and Editor in Chief
Ronald de Nijs is owner and editor in chief of Zestz, a Dutch blog where culinary news from home and abroad, food trends and hotspots come together. His blog has been featured in Elle Food and The Telegraph.