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Old 09-17-2006, 12:28 PM   #1
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There was an interesting article in The Washington Post yesterday about the People's Design Award sponsored by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum...here's a bit of the article:

"Is the iPod more essential than the paper clip? And is the venerable No. 2 pencil obsolete or worthy of a career award?

Ranking the champions of design can challenge the wisdom of the experts. So the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Smithsonian's bastion of design scholarship, has decided to open the discussion to the public.
Beginning tomorrow, the New York museum will launch the People's Design Award. The online contest at http://www.cooperhewitt.org parallels the National Design Awards, which the museum has conferred each fall since 2000. But unlike those honors, whose recipients are selected by a jury of peers in closed-door sessions, the online contest is intended to be a full-blown populist adventure.


No toothbrush is too humble to be considered, nor any sports car too luxurious for contention.


"Design is in the eye of the beholder," the opening Web page reads, "so don't be shy -- tell us what you can't live without."


The museum is hoping for a "viral" explosion of ideas and debate with all the intensity the Internet can foster, says spokeswoman Jennifer Northrop. Anyone with an e-mail address can register and vote. And with a digital photo and a little Internet savvy, anyone can submit a nominee. (Comments are encouraged, and a webmaster will monitor for appropriateness but exercise no other censorship, Northrop says.) The contest allows one vote per e-mail address, and votes can be changed at any time until the contest ends at 6 p.m. Oct. 16. The winning design will be announced at the National Design Awards gala on Oct. 18 ." [© 2006 The Washington Post Company]


Sooo...what do you think should be nominated?


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Old 09-17-2006, 12:41 PM   #2
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What is it that we're voting on? The "best" design? The most essential design of all time? Of the 20th or 21st century? I'm confused. This contest wasn't designed well.

Also, after browsing a few nominees I noticed that a lot of them don't have any kind of description or persuasion as to why we should vote for this particular item. Like the Target ClearRxSM prescription system. What's so great about it? Am I supposed to go research every item that is nominated and then decide? Or should it be obvious?

I have a feeling the winner is going to be something like the iMac or VW Beetle, something in the last 10 years that really made an impact on people's view of product design.
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Sorry it wasn't clear...thought I'd picked up the pertinent info from the Post's article...

I haven't had a chance to go to the contest site yet but my understanidng is that they are looking for nominations by individuals for things you can't live without and anything is game...

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So the best design of something I can't live without? Something most people can't or will say they can't live without would likely be cell phones. Blackberry would be a good nominee, I suppose.
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Yes...with the emphasis on I...'-}}


>> Something most people can't or will say they can't live without would likely be cell phones. Blackberry would be a good nominee, I suppose.

It's what you can't live without, not what you think others can't live without...

I do believe it's supposed to be fun so whimsy might be a reasonable ('-}}) approach...'-}}

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Old 09-17-2006, 01:31 PM   #6
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Hm... the answer is now clear. The Internet, invented by Al Gore. I guess that's more of an invention than a design. :/
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ROFL!!!

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Old 09-19-2006, 05:23 AM   #8
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Also, after browsing a few nominees I noticed that a lot of them don't have any kind of description or persuasion as to why we should vote for this particular item. Like the Target ClearRxSM prescription system. What's so great about it? Am I supposed to go research every item that is nominated and then decide? Or should it be obvious?
I think it is a sort of gestalt thing — using your own criteria, or none at all, depending on your personal philosophy or current state of mind, you make one selection out of the many possibilities.

I can tell you what’s great about the Target Rx system: It labels prescription bottles clearly and helps avoid mistakes, which is a huge problem among those who take many different pills. Among other things, the drug name and prescribing info is printed on the top of the bottle, so if you put it in a drawer you can easily distinguish it from others.

Now whether this is earth-shattering, or will endure throughout history, is another question. (I think all pill bottles should be clearly labeled, myself; and perhaps one day, when enough of the boomers start taking pills and making mistakes, they will be.) But it is an attractive and useful bit of design.

I thought it was interesting that an e-mail address can submit as many entries as desired but can vote only once. The web site is an abomination; good thing Marjolein is on vacation or she would have had a scathing comment about the total reliance on Flash. It is tiresome scrolling through those awful, unclear thumbnails. I think the design of the site will to some extent determine who participates here — Ma & Pa Kettle will probably not find it or, if they do, have the patience to poke through it.

Enough grumbling. Better go have my coffee.

   
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> The web site is an abomination; good thing Marjolein is on vacation or she would have had a scathing comment about the total reliance on Flash.

So you are saying that Flash does not get your vote as the greatest invention?

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So you are saying that Flash does not get your vote as the greatest invention?
Gee — you think? <g>

   
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