Best in Design Finalists Announced!

Now in its second year, DesignPhiladelphia’s Best in Design challenge asks regional designers and design companies to submit innovative, high-quality products or design solutions that make life better. This year, our jury had an incredibly difficult decision to make, and we are happy to announce our seven finalists. You can learn more about each finalist's entry on the DesignPhiladelphia website.

Let's Meet the 2019 Finalists

CoLab Philadelphia: Building Healthier Communities Through Creative Placemaking

Hapti: A wearable fitness tracker for runners that provides real-time feedback information via an intuitive haptic language

Loyalty Leather: Handcrafted bags to accompany you on your lifelong journey-hand painted classic silhouettes

Pippy Sips: A better way to store and cool breastmilk

Rekindling: Promoting conversation within families affected by cancer

Smart Adaptive Clothing: easy fasten | effortless style | changing lives daily

Thomas Jefferson University: “Park in a Truck” is a simple, fast and cost-effective community effort that beautifies our neighborhoods, one lot at a time.

This year’s jury panel of esteemed designers and design enthusiasts includes:

Kurt Dammermann, Senior Technical Director, Mechanical Engineering, at Bresslergroup
Michelle Histrand, Director of Innovation, Independence Blue Cross
Lisa Roberts*, Design Collector, Promoter, and Connoisseur, My Design Life
Jaime Salm*, Creative Director, Mio Culture
Isaac Salm*, Managing Director, Mio Culture
Alexandra Ulrich-Schmidt*, Professor and Special Projects, Jefferson Industrial Design
(*Returning Juror)

The jury considered many aspects of the design including: 

  • Application of global principles of good design
  • Evidence of applied research and process
  • Originality and creativity of concept
  • Construction and organization (craft of submission)
  • Quality of graphics at submission
  • Craftsmanship of the final installation at exhibit floor upon finalist selection (TBD in October finalist scorecard)
  • Ability to be reproduced (i.e. material source, production costs, etc.)

The seven finalists will exhibit during DesignPhiladelphia from October 2-13 in the festival’s Hub at Cherry Street Pier. We would like to thank all of this year's applicants for their participation.

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