CORE77 Design Awards

Monday, 5th Mar 2012

About the 2012 Design Awards
Early bird DEADLINE: March 13th, 2012.


Recognising excellence in all areas of design enterprise, the Core77 Design Awards celebrates the richness of the design profession and its practitioners. There are 17 categories, providing designers,researchers and writers a unique opportunity to communicate the intent, rigor and passion behind their efforts. From client work to self-initiated projects, entrepreneurial to pro-bono engagements

Core77 has always honoured student work and so there are student sections in 15 of the 17 categories. That’s 15 student trophies up for grabs!

Based in 13 cities across eight countries, 20 esteemed Jury Captains —at least one for each of the 17 award categories (with more to be confirmed shortly)— will pick local team members who are also experts in their category to join them in the jury process.

Since designers are great at showing and telling, they are given the opportunity to share their “real story” (beyond the customary jpegs, PDFs and text) with the jury through DIY, honest, 2.5 minute video testimonials.

During the results announcement week (July 9-13, 2012), each jury will announce their results in a live broadcast from their home city, in their local time zone. Jurors can share the reasoning behind their choices, as well as the debates or anecdotes that arose in their deliberations. Viewers can tune in to the results as they are revealed or watch recordings of the full announcements later on our website.

The Core77 Design Awards trophy recognises design as a team endeavor so Rich Brilliant Willing have cleverly designed an award that serves as a DIY mold for a trophy, alluding to the process-driven nature of design and honoring the kind of group effort that designers and their clients engage in every day. Winning teams can create ingots from the trophy and bestow these cast facsimiles on their collaborators, clients and staff.

In addition to the beloved standards, several newer forms of design practice will be honoured and dedicated jury teams around the world will determine the top professional and student entries in each category. Both the professional and student winners of each category will receive the C77DA trophy, and all honorees will be published in the Awards Gallery, across the Core77 online network and in the awards publication.

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