ArtCenter College of Design students take home 18 trophies at Core 77 Design Awards – Pasadena Now

Students at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena have won 18 awards in the prestigious Core 77 Design Awards competition for 2021.

The competition’s sponsor, Core 77, is a publication that has served a global audience of industrial designers, ranging from college students to seasoned professionals, since 1995.

The Core77 Design Awards recognize excellence in all areas of the design business and annually celebrate the richness of the design profession as well as the insight and persistence of practitioners.

Of the more than 200 designs honored by the Core 77 Design Awards jury teams this year, 16 were designed by ArtCenter students and recognized as winners, notable or finalists.

“We are incredibly proud of our students,” said Karen Hofmann, ArtCenter Principal Marshal. “This high-level recognition from leaders in the field of design is a tribute to the exemplary talent and dedication of our community of students, faculty and support staff. “

Hoffman added that the awards are validation of the innovative work the ArtCenter community continues to create to create “reality-based solutions with the potential to positively impact lives.”

Below, ArtCenter lists the award categories, the winning, notable and finalist projects recognized by Core 77, and the students (and their classes at ArtCenter) who created the award-winning work:

Built environment category

Winner – Weixin “Hélène” Huang (Environmental Design), George Weng (Product Design) and Shannon Tsai (Graphic Design) for Designmatters Strong Apart: Hosten, a common culinary and social experience for a welcoming society for the elderly.

Category Furniture and Lighting

Winner – Jingyi “Jez” Sun (Product Design) for Grow N Glow, a smart counter garden designed to bring nature and sunshine to townhouses.
Notable – David Hwang (Product Design) for NEUT stool / table
Notable – Lijie Liu (product design) for the caring cradle

Category House and Home

Finalist – Lara Villa (Product Design) for MAIA tableware

Packing category

Winner – Yi Mao (Graduate Graphic Design) for East-West / West-East
Finalist – Qiran Li (Product Design) and Yanqi Li (Product Design) for Ovulation and Pregnancy Test Kit Plus
Notable – Berly Dai (Product Design) and Sylvia Xiao (Product Design) for Chocolit
Notable – Esther Kim (Product Design), Osbaldo “Ozzy” Alvarez (Product Design), Andi Li (Product Design) for Urth Biodegradable Lipstick
Notable – Anqi Qiao (Product Design) for Cosmo Pie

Service design category

Notable – Weixin “Helene” Huang (environmental design), George Weng (product design) and Shannon Tsai (graphic design) for Designmatters Strong Apart: Hosten.

Speculative Design Category

Winner – Aishwarya Janwadkar (Graduate Media Design Practices) for Negentropic Landscapes which imagines a way of life that explores a model of palliative care “upside down”

Design for Social Impact category

Winner – Jiaqi “Rachel” Qian (Product Design) for CareU

Category Sports and Leisure

Finalist – Yinyifan Mo (Product Design) for Peloton Vibe

Strategy and Research Category

Notable – Esther Kim (Product Design), Osbaldo “Ozzy” Alvarez (Product Design), Andi Li (Product Design), Urth Biodegradable Lipstick

Visual Communication Category

Winner – Eun Jung Bahng (Graduate Graphic Design) for Iota Display.
Notable – Eun Jung Bahng (Graduate Graphic Design) for The HOUSE.
Outstanding – Tong Li (Graduate Graphic Design) for the E3 Expo rebranding.

Voting is open for the Core 77 Community Choice Award, where 18 Community Choice titles will be awarded – 17 Category Winners and 1 Grand Prize where the winner also receives a $ 500 cash prize, in addition to receiving a huge promotion throughout the Core77 network.

To vote, go to

For the complete list of Core 77 Design Awards winners, visit

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