Cooper-Hewitt's People's Design Award

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Every year, Cooper-Hewitt gives out design awards (Patagonia won one last year) chosen by a jury, based on what they think constitutes "good design." This year, they've added some democracy to the process with the first-ever People's Design Award. Users submit they're favorite designs, from the ubiquitous paper clips, zippers and band-aids to more advanced ideas, like Google Earth, to the classic, like the Eames Lounge Chair, and there are lots of TreeHugging designs in the running. Currently, the top nominee is the Katrina Cottage, with the Play Pump Water System and $100 Laptop not far behind. Also in the mix are the Honda Insight, Liberty task chair (we covered its companion side chair before) and Clear Blue Kayak. Nominations are unlimited, but each user can only vote once, so choose carefully. Voting is open through the afternoon of October 16; the winner will be announced on October 18th. Will green design be recognized as good design? Click on over and make your voice heard. ::Cooper-Hewitt People's Design Award

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