The 2019 Core77 Design Awards Will Open for Entry on January 8

Attention, designers—mark your calendars because the 2019 Core77 Design Awards will officially be open for entry on January 8! Now in its ninth year, the Core77 Design Awards continues to champion the principles of inclusivity, innovation, and excellence. Our annual collection of awarded projects have solidified the awards as a showcase of groundbreaking design over the years, granting awards to successful products such as the Google Pixel Buds, Nest Thermostat, the Biolite Stove, the Oculus Rift VR Headset and much more.

In recognition of the broad spectrum of the design field, our Awards program offers 14 distinct categories, each further broken into dedicated sections for professionals and students. Each category is judged by esteemed Jury Captains and their chosen team members, which grants designers the opportunity to present their work to the best of the best in their respective fields. Past Core77 Design Awards Jury Captains have included industry leaders such as Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia, OCD co-founder & 2016 Hillary for America Design Director Jennifer Kinon, Project H founder Emily Pilloton, and LAYER design lead Benjamin Hubert.

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Here are just a few of the projects that took home awards last year:

Willow Breast Pump

Willow, the 2018 Consumer Product Professional Winner designed by Willow, IDEO, and Function Engineering, is a groundbreaking all-in-one breast pump that fits compactly and discreetly inside a bra. The pump is also connected to an app that collects data over time regarding the mother’s milk expression.

Compound Camera

Pneuhaus’s “Compound Camera” took home the 2018 Built Environment Professional win particularly for its sense of wonder—the twenty-foot inflatable structure is composed of 109 pinhole cameras, allowing inhabitants to experience a psychedelic view of the world outside. 

No Fixed Address System

No Fixed Address System” is a project by Chih Chiu of Royal College of Art that took home two Student Winner awards for thoughtfully taking the issue many modern nomads and people experiencing homeless face today, which is that their lack of a permanent address excludes them from operating traditionally within society (their video submission was also a clear standout of 2018). 

Kuja Kuja

Kuja Kuja by won several Professional awards for its melding of service design and social impact. Kuja Kuja is a business intelligence platform for humanitarian organizations so they can invite refugees to offer ratings and feedback on how to improve their services. 

Sex Work Is Real Work

Similar to Kuja Kuja, the 2018 Strategy & Research Professional Winner “Sex Work Is Real Work” brought a sense of agency to the focal user in question. ThinkPlace Kenya’s study of Female Sex Workers aimed to learn more about how to prevent HIV infection through the use of Oral PrEP, and several of the workers were trained to conduct research themselves in order to gather deep insights. 


This winning Student Transportation project “CARe” by Anand Manohar Asinkar envisioned the future self-driving car for the modern family—notable features of this car include a seamlessly integrated removable, hands-free baby stroller, and a modular interior meant to accommodate children throughout the ages of 0-5.

2019 Core77 Design Awards Schedule

Design Awards Open for Entry: January 8, 2019

Early Bird Deadline: January 31

Regular Deadline: March 7

Final Deadline: March 28

Winners Announced: June 11

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