The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has announced the winners and finalists of the 2011 National Design Awards, which recognize excellence across a variety of design disciplines. Among the recipients is MFA Design Department Co-chair Steven Heller, who earned the Design Mind Award, which honors “a visionary who has effected a paradigm shift in design thinking or practice through writing, research and scholarship.”
“Writing, teaching and making design is the best thing in the world,” says Heller. “I can’t imagine working in a better discipline with better people. The award is icing on the cake.”
The author and editor of more than 130 books on graphic design, satiric art and popular culture, Heller has focused on building foundations for exploring and preserving design as a social and cultural force. In 2007 Heller received SVA’s Masters Series Award and exhibition.
In a statement, Cooper-Hewitt Director Bill Moggridge said, “The work of this year’s National Design Awards winners represents extraordinary solutions to the design problems central to the landscape of daily life, from how we dress, shape our personal and private spaces, frame communication and interact with the world at large.”
The award recipients will be honored during Cooper-Hewitt’s sixth annual National Design Week, which runs October 15 – 23. A complete list of winners can he found here. The announcement was featured in The New York Times, ARTINFO, Core77 and UnBeige.