Core77 Design Awards Invites Designers to Share Something Good That Came Out of 2017

The 2018 Core77 Design Awards are now open for entry.

New York, NY, January 11, 2018 --( Now in its eighth year, the Core77 Design Awards is once again inviting designers from around the world to share their work and enter in the international annual competition that celebrates design professionals and students alike.

Now, more than ever, it's important to highlight the people and studios doing great work. From commercial and cultural to social and environmental, this year's award categories span a wide range of design practices including standards such as Consumer Product, Furniture & Lighting, and Packaging, as well as newer categories like Design for Social Impact, Interaction, and Strategy & Research. With 14 categories altogether, the divisions encompass the myriad of roles design has taken on over the years, as well as where it's headed next. Distinctions are offered for both Professional and Student entries, with the exception of Design Education Initiatives (Professional only).

Since the outset of the program in 2011, the Core77 Design Awards has welcomed nearly 10,000 entries from professionals and students in over 49 countries. More than 250 individual design firms have received honors, including IDEO, frog, Pentagram, and fuseproject. Students from 149 universities and schools around the world submit hundreds of entries each year. Many projects honored by the program have gone on to achieve far-reaching commercial success, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat and Yaktrax Run.

The Design Awards takes a fresh approach to judging, inviting "Jury Captains" to independently assemble their own teams to oversee the judging for each category and to promise a balanced and broadly informed decision process. The resulting Jury Teams include panelists from around the world, each offering their own experience and perspective and thus ensuring a diverse point of view for each category.

Past Jury Captains have included littlebits Founder & CEO Ayah Bdeir, Layer founder Benjamin Hubert, science fiction author Bruce Sterling, Tesla Global Creative Director Chester Chipperfield, and designer Matali Crasset. This year's lineup includes Original Champions of Design co-founder & Director of Design for the Hillary for America campaign Jennifer Kinon, Studio Dror founder Dror Benshetrit, former Stanford K12 Lab Network Director Susie Wise, Shaper CEO Joe Hebenstreit, and more.

Following review and final selection, 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. This raw video sheds light on a process typically kept behind closed doors, gives entrants a professional critique of their work, as well as sparks a meaningful discourse in the weeks that follow.

All honorees are showcased across the Core77 blog and beyond, receive visibility by esteemed designers in their field, as well as a trophy designed by New York studio Rich Brilliant Willing. Inspired by the kind of group effort that designers and their clients engage in every day, the trophy serves a dual purpose as a mold, allowing recipients to create infinite trophies in any material of their choosing. (Wax, chocolate and silicone are the most popular replication materials, but the possibilities are truly limitless.)

This year they are pleased to partner with Covestro LLC. to present the Core77 Design Awards. In celebration of this partnership, they are unveiling a new special prize to the award entry with the best usage of Materials in their project.

The 2018 Core77 Design Awards are currently open for entry. Early Bird pricing ends on January 31, Regular Deadline ends March 8, and the Final Deadline to enter is March 29. Winners will be announced June 12.

About the Core77 Design Awards

Recognizing excellence in all areas of design enterprise, the Core77 Design Awards celebrate the richness of the design profession and its practitioners. We present 14 categories of entry, providing designers, researchers and makers a unique opportunity to communicate the intent, rigor and passion behind their efforts. From client work to self-initiated projects and entrepreneurial endeavors, we embrace a wide diversity of enterprise: commercial, cultural, social, environmental and discursive.

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2017 Core77 Design Awards Winners (
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