Each year, the People’s Design Award, presented by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, highlights projects that have the capacity to revolutionize our daily lives through innovative design. Past winners include Pack H20 Water Backpack, Toms Shoes, the Zōn Hearing Aid, and the Trek Lime Bicycle. This year, our team of experts from the Cooper Hewitt and Smithsonian.com selected 20 nominees, ranging from material built out of mushrooms to a shirt that is truly stainless, that emphasize how innovative design can make a difference in our everyday lives.
Who will win this year? You tell us! Cast your vote for your favorite design before 6:00 p.m. ET on October 6. The winner will be announced live at the National Design Awards Gala in New York City and here, on this site, on October 9.
CONGRATULATIONS TO SPIRE, the WINNER OF THE 2014 PEOPLE's DESIGN AWARD!
Drift Light by Saffron
Smarter than your average light bulb, the Drift Light, designed by a company called Saffron, mimics the setting sun to ease you into a more natural, peaceful sleep. Flip the Drift Light’s switch once, and it functions like a normal light bulb. Flip it twice, and it dims over a period of 37 minutes, preparing your body for rest and allowing you to sleep better. The bulb was also designed to give off less blue light, which can suppress melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate sleep and wake cycles.