National Design Awards

On Friday, Cooper-Hewitt director Bill Moggridge announced the 2010 winners and finalists for the National Design Awards; recipients will be honored at a gala dinner on October 14 in New York City. Of note in the fields of graphic and interaction design:

Stephen Doyle of Doyle Partners was recognized for Communication Design (award finalists were Wieden + Kennedy partner John Jay and designer and illustrator Maira Kalman).

The Communication Design Award, which honors work in graphic or multimedia design, is presented to Stephen Doyle, creative director at Doyle Partners, a design studio specializing in identity, packaging, signage, environment and editorial design. Doyle’s unique ability to give words a deeper meaning in graphic form results in an intelligent, provocative body of work for a range of clients including The New York Times, AIGA, Vanity Fair magazine and publisher Alfred A. Knopf. Notable projects include branding, packaging and in-store presentations of Martha Stewart Everyday in Kmart and new identity programs for Barnes & Noble. Doyle previously served as art director at M&Co. and as associate art director at Rolling Stone and Esquire magazines. He has lectured at Yale University, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, the School of Visual Arts and New York University.

Pentagram partner Lisa Strausfeld was recognized with the Interaction Design Award (finalists were technology/design firm Potion and multimedia agency Local Projects).

The Interaction Design Award, given for exceptional work using digital technology, is awarded to Lisa Strausfeld, interaction design trailblazer and partner at Pentagram. An expert of information visualization, Strausfeld’s work lies at the intersection of physical and virtual space. At Pentagram, her team specializes in digital information design projects ranging from software prototypes and websites to interpretive displays and large-scale media installations for a range of civic, cultural and corporate clients. Strausfeld has received numerous awards from the prestigious International Design Excellence Awards, including for her design of Sugar, the graphical user interface for One Laptop per Child. In addition to broad publication of her design work, Strausfeld holds four patents relating to user interfaces and intelligent information search and retrieval.

Two design-industry influencers with connections to HOW’s sister publication, the late I.D. magazine, were awarded as well: founding editor Jane Thompson received a Lifetime Achievement Award and former editor Ralph Caplan received the Design Thinker Award.

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