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DESIGN 21

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  • And The Winners Are....!

    February 11, 2009

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    DESIGN 21 is pleased to announce the results of our Languages Matter! and Wood, Paper, Checkmark competitions, which brought over 1,200 entries in total from over 80 countries. Thank you to all those who entered these competitions and to our judges, and congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions.

    In our Languages Matter! competition entrants had to come up with a poster design that celebrated UNESCO's International Mother Language Day. Mother language must live by Anna Notara Koutroumpaki from Greece was the Overall Winner. "The public will recognize in this poster the author's intention to put at the same level the different peoples and thus the variety of their languages," said UNESCO in awarding the top prize of $3,000. Anna also received an invite to attend the International Mother Languages Day at UNESCO in Paris later this month.

    DESIGN 21 assigned Advisory Board members Omar Vulpinari and Jacques Lange to pick their favorites to receive the Judge's Pick prize of $1,000 each. They chose Mother and Tongues by Vito Bica from Germany (Omar Vulpinari's pick) and 50% Matters! by Jonathan Schute from USA (Jacques Lange's pick).

    The Future Man by Agnaldo Silva do Nascimento from Brazil received the most votes for the Most Popular category and a prize of $500.

    Meanwhile in the Wood, Paper, Checkmark corner, judges for The Nature Conservancy and Forest Stewardship Council (US Chapter) had to pick from 127 entries a campaign design that best touted the value of buying FSC-certified wood products. FSC Campaign by Damian O'Hara and Christophe Roger from France was the Overall Winner earning the top prize of $5,000. It was chosen for "its direct simplicity, warm and humorous tone, and how it allows FSC to play in such a huge territory: climate change, indigenous people’s rights, wildlife protection."

    For the DESIGN 21 Advisory Board picks (each worth $1,125), Know Forestry by 1187 Creative from United States was selected by Jennifer Leonard, Protect the Earth: Approved Campaign by Carlos Pion from United States was selected by David Carlson, and The Eco-shopping Campaign by Isabel Sanchez from United States was selected by both Niti Bhan and Halim Choueiry. Know Forestry by 1187 Creative also garnered the most votes for the Most Popular prize ($500).

    You can view the winning designs, honorable mentions and all entries, along with the judges' comments and brief, on the Languages Matter! and Wood, Paper, Checkmark pages.