Design USA: Contemporary Innovation


The Design Mind Award is given in recognition of a visionary firm or individual, such as an educator, author, critic, curator, or designer, who has had a major impact on design theory, practice, or public awareness. One common quality that winners of the Design Mind Award share is their ability to provoke a dialogue through their writings. Whether in the form of discipline-changing books, articles, manifestos, or blogs, all of the individuals featured in this section have motivated their peers by describing the terrain of design, broadening our notions of what design is, and suggesting directions for its future. Through their words and interpretations, generations of architects, designers, critics, and educators have learned how to communicate using design as a medium; deconstruct the way a building is made; be mindful of our natural resources; and appreciate how good design enriches, facilitates, and supports our lives.