Calling all designers—the Core77 Design Awards will be returning and open for entry starting on Tuesday, January 7, 2020! After 10 years of awarding excellent design work, the Core77 Design Awards continues to champion the principles of inclusivity, innovation, and excellence. Our annual collection of awarded projects have solidified the awards as a showcase of groundbreaking design over the years, granting awards to successful products such as the Google Pixel Buds, Nest Thermostat, the Biolite Stove, the Oculus Rift VR Headset and much more.
In recognition of the broad spectrum of the design field, our Awards program offers 19 distinct categories, each further broken into dedicated sections for professionals and students. Each category is judged by esteemed Jury Captains and their chosen team members, which grants designers the opportunity to present their work to the best of the best in their respective fields. Past Core77 Design Awards Jury Captains have included industry leaders such as Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, OCD co-founder & 2016 Hillary for America Design Director Jennifer Kinon, Project H founder Emily Pilloton, and LAYER design lead Benjamin Hubert.
Here are just a few of the projects that took home awards last year:
A Device That Helps You Learn Chinese Characters Through Kinesthetic Learning
Voiceblox, a device designed by Royal College of Art student Yang Gao was awarded in several categories this year, and took home the Student win in the Interaction category. This program cleverly takes into account the challenges of learning words using the four tones int the Chinese language, and allows users to memorize tones associated with different words using a device that mimics the shape of the four tones.
A Piece of Furniture Designed to Flat Pack In a Clever Way
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Designer and student at Massey University College of Creative Arts Wellington took home the Student Winner awards in the Furniture & Lighting category for CLICK-, a chair designed for people living mobile lifestyles. The design uses a simple click-in system to attach the legs and backrest, making for even easier assembly and disassembly.
A Government Form Redesigned to be Easier for Citizens to Complete
Service design firm Civilla partnered with the Michigan Department of Health and Services on this project, called "Project Re:Form", that ultimately won them the Professional Winner award in the Service Design category. These two organizations' work together help reform a previously 40 page government service document—the longest of it's kind in America—to a version 80% shorter and more user friendly using design research.
A Vision of How We May Consume "Fruit" in a Food Scarce Future
Meydan Levy's "Neo Fruit" project was a Speculative Design Student Winner for its novel approach to addressing future food scarcity while allowing these synthetic foods to maintain a archaic, poetic form we can continue to recognize even when precious produce may no longer be available.
A Full Service Gym System for the Home
The Peleton Tread took home the Professional win in our brand new category as of last year, Sports & Recreation. Peleton's system stood out for its envisioning of the treadmill as a motivational community activity and the design of its accessories that allow for a full body workout.