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2007 Winterhouse Writing Awards Announced

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Perhaps our heads were in the sand for this announcement, but the winners of the 2007 Winterhouse Awards for Design Writing and Criticism have been announced and we’ve just got to rave a bit. Jade Chang, West Coast editor for Metropolis, has won the grand $5K prize; and the not-too-shabby $1K educational award goes to Erica Nooney, who just embarked upon a Ph.D in cultural studies at SUNY Stony Brook. Winterhouse’s William Drenttel chaired the panel of judges–which included Allison Arieff, Melissa Harris and Bruce Sterling–and had this to say about the 2007 winners:

The jury was impressed with the energy of the writing–and the range of approaches to design and approaches to writing. Furthermore, we were surprised by the technical quality of the writing, the maturity of prose and style in so many of the entries. The recipients, Jade and Erica, were selected unequivocally by this year’s panel, and we feel that both of these young writers hold great promise to grow as essayists and critics.

The winners will be honored at the Design Legends Gala next week.

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Winterhouse Design Writing Awards Part Deux

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It’s that time again…AIGA and Winterhouse are currently looking for the next American Idol of design writing and it just might just be you! The Winterhouse Design Writing Awards will be judged by Allison Arieff, William Drenttel, Aperture editor Melissa Harris, and Bruce Sterling. Deadline is May 31, all details here.

Besides the cash prizes, this is a great way to catapult your name even further towards global recognition. Why just look how last year’s winners fared: Katherine Feo reviews books for Eye, and Thomas de Monchaux was published on Design Observer.

Bruce Sterling Helps Us Kiss SXSW Goodbye

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The time had come, when the hordes of men in dorky glasses shuffling through the Austin Convention Center began to be replaced with hordes of men with scruffy beards and dorky glasses. When conversation over migas con queso at Las Manitas moved from Jason Santa Maria to Peter Bjorn and John. When the conference itself stops being known as “South By Southwest” and begins being referred to as “South By” (music people, they just have so much less time, you know).

What have we learned? Well, we missed a big tradition at SXSW, the Bruce Sterling Rant, which always closes the festival (we were hobnobbing at the Helvetica party). Since he’s way smarter about this stuff anyway, and since we found excellent coverage of it courtesy of Luke Wroblewski‘s blog, Functioning Form, we’d love to close with the highlights from Bruce Sterling’s SXSW Rant, including:

2006 was the year of video. It is the stupidest of media–where a lot of dumb things happen.

Amen to that. See you next year.

Back to the Future: Design Is a Fad?

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While we were Googling around for information about Wired’s mysterious Optical Volumes, we came across this awesome article about design they ran in 2001. We’re pretty sure we didn’t see it then (were blogs even invented yet?), but it sure is entertaining to read in light of how far we’ve come in the last six years. It seems to be some kind of chat room, moderated by Chee Pearlman, and starring everyone from Bruce Sterling to Paola Antonelli to Rick Valicenti.

And speaking of Valicenti, we’ve got a bone to pick with him. Just when we were formulating some really good rants about how design’s here to stay, he said this, all the way back in ’01:

Chee Pearlman: So does design really matter to the bottom line?

Rick Valicenti (design director, Thirst): Design is a fad, so yes.