This Friday will mark the end of the first annual Core77 Design Awards. Over the past week, a number of great projects have received recognition in a broad range of categories, from interactive and web-based programs, to service design, product design, and transportation, among others. Yesterday, the award was given for the best designs in the product/equipment category.
The professional winner is Dr. Vikram Dinubhai Panchal from the The National Institute of Design (NID) in India. He design is a “Load Carrier for Labor” that is a transformable, ergonomic device designed to improve the working conditions of laborers and workers at construction sites, factories, ports, railway stations, etc. His objective is to prevent various occupational hazards and improve the quality of life for workers everywhere.
As one of the judges said, “It’s refreshing to see design working towards supporting a higher standard of living for those who critically need it. Designed to be made by local craftsman throughout India, the system bypasses commercialization by setting-up an open-source blueprint for change.”
A couple of the other projects we really like are the Nokero N200 designed by Nokero International Ltd., The Alex Bottle by Anvil Studios, and, of course, Scott Wilson’s TikTok+LunaTik watch kits.
The Nokero N200 is the world’s only bulb-shaped solar light with a single solar panel, recyclable Ni-MH battery powering four wide-angle LEDs. The low and high settings provide 2.5 to 6 hours of light on one day’s charge. The lights replace dangerous kerosene and provide a clean, safe light for impoverished families throughout the world. According to the designer, more than 60,000 bulbs have already made an impact in 99 countries and have been shown to pay for themselves in as little as 8 to 10 weeks. It’s a great idea that saves money, lives, and makes the worlds a cleaner, safer place.
The Alex Bottle is an eco-friendly stainless steel water bottle that provides a convenient alternative to disposable plastic bottles. It seems everyone is developing new water bottles, but this one stood out because of its unique mid-body split known as ‘Clean Seam Technology’. This makes it extremely easy to clean and provides a compact size to add more space when storing or traveling. Not to mention, we think the design is aesthetically pleasing as well.
Scott Wilson’s TikTok+LunaTik have made an international sensation through the use of the Kickstarter campaign that brought in an amazing $900,000 to help support the project. As Scott Wilson states, “TikTok+LunaTik simply transform the iPod nano into the world’s coolest multi-touch watches. Obsessively designed and crafted from premium materials, TikTok+LunaTik complement the impeccable quality of Apple products.”
You can check out all of the award winners at the Core77 Design Awards.