Once again, it's time for the Cooper-Hewitt's National Design Week, an annual event in New York City that recognizes excellence in many different facets of design, seeks to increase public awareness of design, and praises innovation and achievement. National Design Week (October 9-17) includes a series of public programs, lectures, roundtables, and workshops that are based on the vision and work of National Design Award winners.
Awards are given to recognize full bodies of work rather than one specific project, and individuals or firms must have a minimum of seven years of professional experience in order to be considered. Per the Cooper-Hewitt website, "Extraordinary originality in identifying, shaping, and solving problems is valued highly, and nominees whose work significantly broadens the conventions of their discipline, introduces formal innovation, and exhibits consistently high levels of imagination and insight are given special consideration. Finally, in keeping with Cooper-Hewitt’s definition of design as a force of change, the jury weighs the extent to which the general public has benefited from the explorations and achievements of each nominee."
This year's awards include:
Other categories include Architecture, Communication Design, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, Interior Design, Landscape Design, and Product Design. See all award winners and finalists by clicking here