New York NY
Each year, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, recognizes achievement in American design with its annual National Design Awards program. Of particular note to graphic designers, this year’s recipient in the Communication Design category is Project Projects, a graphic design studio founded by Prem Krishnamurthy and Adam Michaels in 2004. The firm focuses on art, architecture and culture, and by teaching and lecturing internationally, the founders and associate principal Chris Wu “seek to extend public understanding of the role of graphic design within contemporary culture.”
Other recipients, covering a variety of disciplines, are Michael Graves for Lifetime Achievement; Jack Lenor Larsen for Director’s Award; Rosanne Haggerty for Design Mind; Heath Ceramics for Corporate & Institutional Achievement; MOS Architects for Architecture Design; threeASFOUR for Fashion Design; Jack Underkoffler for Interaction Design; Commune for Interior Design; Coen + Partners for Landscape Architecture; and Stephen Burks for Product Design.
First launched at the White House in 2000 as a project of the White House Millennium Council, the awards promote design as a humanistic tool in shaping the world. The program includes a broad range of public education programs and the recipients are honored at a gala dinner in October in New York City. First Lady Michelle Obama, is this year’s Honorary Patron.