People’s Design Award Highlight: Everything is OK
As part of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards, the aesthetically-inclined public is being given the opportunity to nominate and vote for their favorite designs for the 2008 People’s Design Award. Nominations and votes will be accepted until October 21, with the winner announced October 23 at the National Design Awards gala in NYC.
One entry that made us look twice was Everything is Ok. The website, everythingisok.com, is a collection of links and messages meant to challenge viewers’ day to day thoughts, perspectives and actions. The initiative, launched by mine design studio in 2006, seeks to encourage ‘positive action’ among the masses. They got the word out about the site through their “Activists Kits” which included ironic barricade tape that read “everything is ok”. The tape has been spotted around the country, from US elections to ‘flash mob’ pillow fights in San Fransisco. They describe their project as “a kind of social design experiment in subversive positivism. It explores the relationship between medium and message, challenges accepted modes of communication, and provides everyday citizens with tools for social commentary.”