Inaugural Spark Award Winners Show Good Design is Green and Global

Concept cars to cow videos, prize designs cover the waterfront -- including Pittsburgh's new three-river pedestrian bridge.

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Speaking for the board, sponsors and executive team, we're very proud to be associated with all of the designers who have worked so hard, body and spirit, to light the Spark.

New York, New York (PRWEB) July 11, 2007

The inaugural Spark Awards prove great design is global -- and green. Award-winners include the Chevrolet Volt, a hydrogen-powered concept car; a Dutch rental-bike dispenser; the ergonomic Spring Chair, made from sustainable bamboo; and Pittsburgh's new West End pedestrian bridge, connecting three downtown rivers.

The Spark Awards' independent and multi-disciplinary jury of 15 design experts judged hundreds of submissions, nominating 62 designs that rank among the best of the world in seven categories from mobility to architecture.

Entries ranged from luxurious watch designs to an innovative creeper that lets mechanics work safely under a vehicle. The 15 entries that clearly stand above their peers received The Spark Award. A complete list of winners appears below.

The Spark Awards, launched this year, recognize design excellence across a broad range of categories for both professional and student designers. Entries were organized under three umbrellas: general, mobility and public sector, and have come from sources worldwide.

Jurors, led by Pentagram Design's Kit Hinrichs, sorted through entries from Chrysler, design think-tank fuseproject, Fitch practices from around the world, Humanscale, Dyson, Whipsaw, Ford, Propeller SE, Springtime Netherlands, Botta Design DE, BluDot, General Motors, Whirlpool and Herman Miller, among many others.    

The Spark Awards design competition were presented last month at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design.

"I could not be more honored than to be part of this project to which so many dedicated so much. The award-winning designs are beautiful and aspirational," said Spark Executive Director, Peter Kuchnicki. "Speaking for the board, sponsors and executive team, we're very proud to be associated with all of the designers who have worked so hard, body and spirit, to light the Spark."


Sponsors of Spark Awards are as wide-ranging as the scope of the contest itself. They include Hewlett Packard, frog design, Automobile Magazine, Design Within Reach, Dwell Magazine, RedClay, San Francisco Mart, California College of Art, Rutgers NCPP, School of Visual Arts, University of California College of Environmental Design, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, AIGA SF and Billingsly & Brown.

About the Spark Awards
Spark embraces design criteria for process, strategy, integration, aspiration, collaboration, sustainability and other essential 21st century concerns. They all add up to betterment: Better lives, better health, better water, better air, peace and liberty. Great design is a critical tool to help us get there. We're new and we have a new world view -- please join us. Visit our web site for a gallery of entries and winners, our blogs about design and much more:




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The Bikedispenser is the most compact storage system for bicycles in the world, with specially designed bicycles positioned a mere 16cm apart from each other. Each user’s identity is connected to an electronic ID tag (RFID) located within the bicycle, enhancing security and enabling various billing systems to operate.

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GM says the Volt would save a typical driver 500 gallons of fuel a year ($1,500 at $3 per gallon) while adding only around $300 to a home electric bill.

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The 2007 Pentagram Classic Typographic Calendar captures the essence of typeface development. Each calendar month is distinguished by a unique typeface accompanied by a short synopsis of its genesis.

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Day laborers’ role in the informal economy has forced them to occupy spaces meant for other uses, such as street corners, gas stations, and home improvement store parking lots. The Day Labor Station is a project that we are developing to address the needs of a community that traditionally has not had access to quality design environments.

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Please view the 2007 Spark Awards Winner list.