Tuesday, October 27, 2009

National Design Week - Oct. 18-24, 2009

Launched in 2006, National Design Week is an education initiative offering free admission for all museum visitors and hosting a series of public programs surrounding the National Design Awards.

The National Design Awards were conceived by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to honor the best in American design. First launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual Awards program celebrates design in various disciplines as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement. The Awards are truly national in scope–nominations for the 2009 Awards were solicited from a committee of more than 2,500 leading designers, educators, journalists, cultural figures, and corporate leaders from every state in the nation. Cooper-Hewitt chooses a distinguished jury of designers and design thinkers, which selects the winners and finalists in nearly every category.

The National Design Awards is one of the few programs of its kind structured to continue to benefit the nation long after the Awards ceremony and gala. A suite of educational programs will be announced this summer in conjunction with the Awards by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s award-winning Education Department, including a series of public programs, lectures, roundtables, and workshops based on the vision and work of the National Design Award winners.

This year's winners are:
Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute, Design Mind Winner
Andrew Blauvelt, Walker Arts Center, Corporate / Institutional Winner
Christopher Sharples, SHoP Architects, Architecture Winner
Laurene Boym, Boym Partners, Product Design Winner
Calvin Tsao, Interior Design Winner
Jeff Han, Perceptive Pixel, Interaction Design Winner
Steve Duenes, New York Times Graphics Department, Communications Design Winner

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