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"Phonosuper" SK4 Phonograph and Radio
"Phonosuper" SK4 Phonograph and Radio, Designed 1956; made 1956-1960
Designed by Dieter Rams, German
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Student Design Competition

This annual event provides university design students the opportunity to experience competition outside the classroom and to receive feedback from nationally recognized industry leaders. Each year’s competition is thematically linked to the work of the Collab Design Excellence Award honoree.


First Place: <i>Rotato</i> by Li Zhu of Temple University, Tyler School of Art
See winning submissions from the 2018 competition.
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2018 Competition Winners

The 2018 competition was held in conjunction with the exhibition Dieter Rams: Principled Design. The challenge was to design a small appliance for the home or office using four or more of Rams’s Ten Principles of Good Design >>

  • Good design is innovative.
  • Good design makes a product useful.
  • Good design is aesthetic.
  • Good design makes a product understandable.
  • Good design is unobtrusive.
  • Good design is honest.
  • Good design is long-lasting.
  • Good design is thorough down to the last detail.
  • Good design is environmentally friendly.
  • Good design is as little design as possible.

Judges: Paolo Cravedi, Tommy Dobrzynski, Jinous Kazemi, Sunny Kim, and Donald Strum



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