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Bierut, Rucci, Stowell Among National Design Award Winners

nda logo.jpgThe jury has spoken, and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has just announced the winners of the 2008 National Design Awards, which gives you just over five months to figure out what you’ll wear to the October gala. This year’s “Design Mind” award recipient is none other than Michael Bierut, a “visionary individual that has affected a shift in design thinking or practice through writing, research, and scholarship” if ever there was one. Meanwhile, we’re thrilled that our tireless campaign to see the 2008 NDA for fashion design in the hands of Ralph Rucci has succeeded (although we would have worn Rucci-designed frocks for the duration of National Design Week even if the award had gone to someone else). Meanwhile, Scott Stowell of open takes the communication design category. “I’m deeply honored and shocked and thrilled,” notes Stowell. “I’m also relieved that we don’t have to keep it a secret any longer! Whew.” Below, the full list of winners and finalists:

Lifetime Achievement: Charles Harrison

Design Mind: Michael Bierut

  • Finalists: Bruce Nussbaum, Michael Sorkin
  • Corporate Achievement: Google

  • Finalists: JetBlue, OXO International
  • Architecture Design: Tom Kundig

  • Finalists: LOT-EK, Weiss/Manfredi
  • Communications Design: Scott Stowell

  • Finalists: Stephen Doyle, Prologue Films
  • Fashion Design: Ralph Rucci

  • Finalists: Thom Browne, Zac Posen
  • Interior Design: Rockwell Group

  • Finalists: Deborah Berke & Partners, Diane Lewis
  • Landscape Design: Olin Partnership

  • Finalists: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Stoss Landscape Urbanism
  • Product Design: Antenna Design

  • Finalists: Boym Partners, Karim Rashid
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