I’m taking off for a bit but I’m leaving behind a feast that should last for a long time—the Industrial Design Excellence Awards. We have 13 pages of the design awards in the magazine and Jessie Scanlon, the curator of our Innovation & Design site, has even more for you. She’s prepared in-depth looks at the winners, slide shows, interviews and more. Amazing stuff.
We live in an age where capital is plentiful, labor is available but talent is in short supply. And true design talent is in very short supply. I urge you to look at the slide show of all 108 gold, silver and bronze award winners that are on the I&D site. Not only will that increase our traffic (just kidding) but the work and the credits of those who did the work are listed. You’ll be able to see just who in Asia, Europe, the U.S., Canada and elswhere around the world has that talent. And you’ll be amazed and surprised.
Look especially at the students and the schools that won. There are many of them. Look at the names of design consultancies and corporations you don’t recognize in places you don’t ordinarily see as especially innovative, creative or design-savvy.
The Industrial Designers Society of America does an outstanding job every year in choosing an independent jury with an independent mind. 2006 was no different. The head of the IDSA, Kristina Goodrich, is a design hero, serving the design profession mightily. She was my silent partner over a decade ago in getting Business Week to sponsor the IDEA awards when design was not nearly in fashion as it is today. That’s when design firms charged so little for their wonderful work that they made less than a second-rate New York shrink. This has changed now.
If you can get to the annual IDEA dinner in Austin this fall, go. You’ll see a couple of hundred business people and designers get up to get properly rewarded for work well done.
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