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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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