06 March 2008


Chicago (United States) - Now in it's 68th year, The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design announces this year's deadline for GOOD DESIGN™ 2008, for the best new global product design and graphics, as July 1, 2008.

GOOD DESIGN™  is the world's oldest and most coveted awards program that bestows international recognition to designers and manufacturers for advancing the newest and most innovative product and graphic design thinking and  for stretching the envelope beyond what is considered standard product and graphic design.

In 2007, leading corporations - a virtual Corporate Who's Who - from 33 nations - from cities from London to Beijing -  vied in Chicago and New York for this coveted award.  Those countries included:  Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Japan, Finland, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Brazil, Argentina, Great Britain, Germany, Ireland, France, Lebanon, Croatia, Italy, Russia, India, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland, Thailand, Chile, Monaco, and the United States.

For 2007, over 400 products and graphics were selected by a distinguished jury in New York from a record number of submissions sent worldwide, which attests to the global importance of GOOD DESIGN.

Founded in Chicago in 1950 by architects Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., GOOD DESIGN bestows international recognition upon the world's most prominent designers and manufacturers for advancing new, visionary, and innovative product concepts, invention and originality, and for stretching the envelope beyond what is considered basic product and consumer design.

For 2008, all products and graphics must have been designed, in production and/or manufactured as of January 1, 2006.  

Product categories include electronics, medical equipment, materials, furniture, appliances, housewares, automotive, transportation, fashion, building materials, fabrics, textiles, industrial equipment, exhibition design, environments, hardware, tools, kitchen and bath, floorcovering tabletop, office products, graphics/packaging, robotics/bionics, sports equipment, personal effects, lighting, and urban environments - everything from the "spoon to the city."

The jury for GOOD DESIGN base their decisions on aesthetic criteria state in the original 1950  Program - criteria that measures innovation, form, materials, construction, concept, function, utility, and sustainability.  Product appearance and aesthetic appeal is also considered.  Both the 1950s and current awards programs encourage manufacturers and designers to excel in their pursuits for the highest design standard for quality and excellence.
Awarded manufacturers and designers are encouraged to use the GOOD DESIGN logo through a special license with the Museum to use on their product packaging, marketing, promotion, and websites just as it was used in 1950 and through the following  decades .  The GOOD DESIGN logo was designed in 1950 by the late Chicago graphic designer, Mort Goldsholl and remains as one of the world's most recognizable brands.

"GOOD DESIGN," states Ioannis Karalias, Museum Vice President, Director of Design, The Chicago Athenaeum, "is truly an incomparable design presentation, representing thousands of manufacturers and clients working with thousands of important designers from so many countries.  The program works on many levels - to stimulate designers; encourage manufacturers; and to inform the public about the merits of GOOD DESIGN."

The program is curated by Christian K. Narkiewicz-Laine, President, The Chicago Athenaeum and noted international journalist and design critic.

GOOD DESIGN is organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture of Design - one of the world's most prestigious institutions  dedicated to architecture, design, and the environment.  The program is promoted with additional support by The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design  and Urban Studies, Dublin and Athens.

Application forms are available by contacting the Museum or on line at the  Museum's website at www.chi-athenaeum.org.

For more information, contact:
Lary L. Sommers
Director of Marketing and Administration
t: +1 815 777 4444
f: +1 815 777 2471
w: www.chi-athenaeum.org

GOOD DESIGN™is a federally registered and protected trademark of The Chicago Athenaeum.  Copyright ©1992.
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