The Smithsonian 2013 US National Design awards

The Smithsonian Copper-Hewwit design museum has announced the winners of the 2013 US national design awards.

Product Design: NewDealDesign
For their ‘hands-on approach to address complicated problems and build brave visions that stand above the fray.’
These are the guys who designed:
Fitbit Wireless Trackers:
Interaction Design: Local Projects
Who are a media design company that specialising in work for museums and public spaces. They developed the media for the 9/11 memorial museum:

Design Mind: Michael Sorkin
Who is an architect and author of many books on the subject including:

Corporate & Institutional Achievement: TED
A non profit organisation devoted to sharing knowledge on technology, entertainment and design in the form of Tedtalks.

Lifetime Achievement: James Wines
Who is Professor of Architecture at Pennsylvania State University, USA after establishing architecture firm ‘Site’ and designing more than 150 buildings including the Best tilt building:

Fashion Design: Behnaz Sarafpour
Famous for her modern elegance and innovative textiles, this is from her Autumn collection:

Architecture Design: Studio Gang Architects
Who are a collective of architects based in Chicago, USA who use architecture to respond to current issues. They are responsible for this design of the solar carve tower:

Written by TreeThinker

Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (; converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (

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