Spark Award Concept Design Winners Announced

The 2011/12 Spark Concept Award winners have been announced in this unique Spark design competition. 26 audacious designs have taken top honors, ranging from GiraDora: Safe Agua by a student team at Art Center College to the Almost Home Shelter by Katrina Epperson.

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The Spark mission is to promote better living through better design. Spark believes design is an important tool to help build a better world.

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 21, 2012

The world’s top aspirational designs were entered into this year's Spark Design and Architecture Concept Awards. Over 1100 registered designers and firms, agencies and students from over 62 countries have twittered, linked, friended and interacted--and in the process added a new social dimension to these fast growing design competitions. These Sparks demonstrate again this year that "winners are everywhere." This confluence offered insights into cultural design practices and processes from Seoul to Sao Paulo, Moscow to Mumbai.

"Spark celebrates the best in dazzling design - from architecture, graphics and products to cutting-edge conceptual work," explains Peter Kuchnicki, founder and director of the Spark Awards. "We encourage things that improve our lives. Designs that help create joy, beauty, solve a problem, ameliorate hardship, enhance efficiency, save the world or facilitate peace. Designs that help."

Evidence of this “Good Design” was cited by Spark Jurist Jan Staël von Holstein, who wrote: "Interesting to note that increasingly, the top awards fall into really useful categories and products for better environment and healthcare.” And as Hari Nair, Global Director for Advanced Design at Whirlpool puts it, “The future is now- that’s how I felt while reviewing the concept entries, which bordered on the ideal while straddling reality… I believe we are at a point in time where we are capable of inventing our future by designing it. Design rocks!”

Spark’s 2011/12 Concept jurists included:
Kit Hinrichs of Studio Hinrichs, San Francisco (Jury Chair)
Professor Jan Staël von Holstein, College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University, Shanghai
Richard Watson, Principal, Essential Design, Boston
Andreas Harlow, Design Director, NIKE, Portland
Dan Sturges, Transportation Consultant, Boulder
Eddy Yu, Partner, CoDesign, Ltd., Hong Kong
Michael Kirchman, Principal, Global Design Strategies, NY & London
Hari Nair, Global Director, Advanced Design, Whirlpool Corporation, Benton Harbor
Kristen Richards, Editor in Chief, Oculus Magazine and ArchNewsNow, NY
Ying Liu, Principal Interaction Designer, Teague Design, Seattle.

Spark 2012 Exhibitions
Winner's will have their work displayed at Spark's own design exhibition at San Francisco’s Autodesk Design Gallery and at the Guangzhou Design Week in early December.

All winning work and full details on the Spark Awards are at: http://bit.ly/x3HBpJ

Spark Concept Winners & Award Levels:

SPARK! AWARDS
GiraDora: Safe Agua, Designmatters, Art Center College of Design, Alex Cabunoc, Ji A You
Heart Aid, Product Design Innovation, Sahar Madanat Haddad

GOLD AWARDS
Active Modular Phytoremediation System (AMPS), Center for Architecture Science and Ecology, Anna Dyson, Jason Vollen, Ted Ngai, Matt Gindlesparger
Balde a Balde: Safe Agua, Designmatters, Art Center College of Design, Kim Chow
Lota Agua, Carleton University, Yasaman Sheri
Spider Computer, Frank Etc. AB, Nikolaus Frank
The Almost Home Shelter, University of Illinois at Urbana/ Champaign, Katrina Epperson, Nicholas Chin, Jenna Goebig, Jennifer Koys, Aslihan Karatas, Joy Daniel
Toggle Multimode Touch Remote, Carbon Design Group, Peter Bristol & Design Team

SILVER AWARDS
DibKit Diabetes Product Innovation, IA Collaborative, Dan Kraemer
Domino Clock, Carbon Design Group, Joe Sullivan & Design Team
Lollipop Thermometer, Samsung Art & Design Institute, Dano Lee & Su Young Kim
Plate-Oh!, Product Design Innovation, Sahar Madanat Haddad
Solar Enclosure for Water Reuse (SEWR), Center for Architecture Science and Ecology, Anna Dyson, Jason Vollen, Peter Stark & Matt Gindlesparger
TAP, LUNAR, Junggi Sung

BRONZE AWARDS
Aria, Ashcraft Design, Dan Ashcraft
Braille Buddy, Carleton University, Yasaman Sheri
Braille Punch Card, Raffles Design Institute, Biniya Arul Jothi
Climate Camouflage: High Performance Masonry System (HMPS), Center for Architecture Science and Ecology, Jason Vollen & Anna Dyson
Communicaid, Academy of Art Univ. School of Industrial Design, Jae Pyung Lee
Easy to Press, Yeungnam University, Junwon Yang
Flexible Colander, Royal College of Art, Ho-Tzu (River) Cheng, Wen Zheng & Xi Chen
Paper Sniper, MIT Institute of Design, Anurag Sarda
SEVCS (Smart EV Charging Station), Public Design Lab, School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Michael Siu & Design Team
Vitamigos: Safe Agua, Designmatters, Art Center College of Design, Cora Neil & Thomas Kong
Warm On, Seoul National Univ. of Science & Technology, Sunmi Hwang, Jiwon Seok & Hyunjoo Lee
Yes No, Seoul National Univ. of Science & Technology, Sunmi Hwang, Jiwon Seok & Hyunjoo Lee

Spark Will Be Back in 2012 with four new competitions: the Mobility Award, Information Design Award, Architecture, Product & Packaging Award and the next Concept Award.

For More Information:
Contact press(at)sparkawards(dot)com, call +1.914.481.6106 or visit http://www.sparkawards.com

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Silver Winner: Plate-Oh!
Sahar Madanat Silver Winner: Plate-Oh! Sahar Madanat

This unique approach to saving waste and lessening landfill impact features peel-off layers instead of traditional paper plates.


Gold Winner: The Almost Home Shelter
Katrina Epperson. Gold Winner: The Almost Home Shelter Katrina Epperson.

These emergency shelters can be easily erected on-site. 5 manageable boxes contain 7 shelters to form one community.


Spark! Winner: GiraDora
Alex Cabunoc & Ji A You, Designmatters, Art Center College of Design Spark! Winner: GiraDora Alex Cabunoc & Ji A You, Designmatters, Art Center College of Design

Field research in the Cerro Verde slum revealed the need for an efficient, low-polluting way to wash and dry clothes. This design uses a foot pedal to agitate, rinse and spin dry, using the strongest muscles in the body.


Bronze Winner: Aria. 
Dan Ashcraft, Ashcraft Design Bronze Winner: Aria. Dan Ashcraft, Ashcraft Design

Given the role of music in our lives, we developed a product to raise awareness of the importance of music education. Ashcraft designed eco-friendly audio headphones that would appeal to audiophiles and music fans alike. Proceeds are donated to related charities.


Gold Winner: Lota Agua. Yasaman Sheri, Carleton University. Gold Winner: Lota Agua. Yasaman Sheri, Carleton University.

Lota Agua is a low cost, collapsible shower designed for use in areas of the world where there is no running water. Its innovative design uses the user’s own body weight to provide water pressure.


Bronze Winner: Smart EV Charging Station
Michael Siu & Design Team, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Bronze Winner: Smart EV Charging Station Michael Siu & Design Team, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

SEVCS is an innovative smart charging station which is uniquely self-sustained and contained-- all components are included in the body,


Gold Winner: Spider Computer, Nikolaus Frank, Frank Etc. AB. Gold Winner: Spider Computer, Nikolaus Frank, Frank Etc. AB.

The Spider Computer is a next generation ultra mobile device combining a small projector projecting the screen, and a laser keyboard in a compact format.