IN THE EVENT!
Dateline: January 27, 2020
Spark Honored the 2019 Winners at Autodesk in San Francisco
The Winners Celebration In January Was Excellent
This year we re-invented the Celebration event format, evolving from a large public party to a mostly
private gathering of winners and their teams. We asked several of these famous design leaders
to address the group, relating their process and inspiration for the winning work. They were very
interesting and at times, quite moving talks. These designers included:
Robert Hubler, Sr Industrial Designer & Tim Hulford, Design Director, Intuitive Surgical
You may view the complete video of the event
at Spark’s YouTube page.
Dateline: November 21, 2019
Hebei Design Week
Yes– THAT Hebei! For the second year Spark curated a large exhibition of Spark winners in Hebei. Shortly afterwards it became a hotbed
of the vicious virus that haunts us all. We—and all of our friends and colleagues, left in good health and thankfully are all OK.
Just two weeks prior to the Hebei show, we mounted the same exhibition at the Shenzhen Industrial Design Week, November 3-8. The
organizers were our partners at the Shenzhen Industrial Design Association, which pulled everything together beautifully as usual. Currently the show is at
the Hebei Design Centre, which is reopening this Summer.
Here’s a few pix of the Hebei Design Week:
Dateline: December 3 2019
Hong Kong Spaces & Student Juries in Hong Kong
For the fifth year, Spark juries were held in Hong Kong. It’s a delightful city but it was locked
down during heavy protests. Luckily we had moved to a lovely campus on the peaceful north
side of the island. Check out the way we worked our way through a large number of entries
below—But first, some beauty shots!
Passing above some real density here
Elena Raho, Founder & CEO, HERE CREATE
This was an excellent jury and day. Do check out the winners they chose in the 2019 Winners Gallery.
Dateline: November 18, 2019
San Francisco Hosts Spark Juries
With a terrific group of Jurors, Spark judged many of the design categories we cover. Here’s a look at the process:
Claude Zellweger, Director of Design, Google & Antonio Borja, Director, Industrial Design, Academy of Art University
Sam Lucente, Principal, Lucente Design & Former Global VP Design, HP. That’s Norio Fujikawa, Executive Creative Director, ASTRO Studio next to Sam
Colin Owen, Design Director, Elroy Air, Eric Chan, Founder, Ecco Design & Jochen Backs, Principal, Studio Backs
The Voting Begins
Arin Bhowmick, VP & Chief Design Officer, IBM Cloud, Data and AI Steven R. Umbach, Principal, Umbach Consulting Group
We worked from 9am to after 6pm
Colin Owen, Design Director, Elroy Air & Hugo Eccles, CD, Special Projects Office Kate Freebairn, Director of UX, Google Nest
Dateline: September 25
Asian American Architects & Engineer Annual Gala
Spark was invited by Chairman Chi-Hsin Shao to form a keynote panel for the prestigious AAAE
event in September. The invitation asked us to tell the story of Spark from the viewpoint of our
participants. With Spark Director Clark Kellogg leading off, Mark Sarkisian and Ellen Lou described
their recent winning projects for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Mark’s project, an educational
experiment exploring the Timbrel Arch, won a Gold, as did Ellen’s Shanghai Old Town Master Plan.
It was a most interesting talk and great fun to meet this community.
Mark, Ellen & Clark–All Best!
Mathias Hintermann, Industrial Designer, Snap Inc.
Dateline: April, 2018 Milano
The Milan Design Week and the Salone del Mobile are underway, the skies are blue and the sun (and exhibits) are hot. Well– the exhibits are, and the weather is deliciously warm and balmy. We’ve been on a whirlwind pre-opening and opening tour of the Brera, Tortona and Sant’Ambrogio districts and our favorite stop, always the Triennelle.
Interesting meets were held with head of Dassault Experience Design, Anne Asensio, Luisa Bocchietto, President of the World Design Organization, Paulo Albina of the Fodazione Franco Albini (look him up!) and the great lighting maestro, Carlo Guglielmi, with his new house, Firmamento. Our hosts for the week are Paolo and Gianni of the famous lighting firm, CastagnaRavelli, later joined by Professor Jozef LeGrand, University der Kunst und Design, Berlin, another esteemed lighting designer. It’s always difficult to sort out the barrage of design, culture, art and spectacular sights during these weeks, and it’s very helpful to have guidance from patient friends. So, next up, we leave the city cobblestones and head up to the Salone furniture show, held at the vast fairground of Rho. We’ll initially focus on the Salone Satellite pavilion, dedicated to designers under 35 just breaking into this complicated eco-system. We look for work that would be competitive in the Spark Awards. Here, we see Sparks! Ciao from Sunny Lombardy!
Dateline January 10, 2017 San Francisco
Spark Panel on Design Thinking
Spark has begun a series of panel discussions and launched with the Importance of Design Thinking. Experts
included (left to right) Arnold Wasserman, founder of Collective Invention; KwanMyoung Kim, Dean,
Graduate Industrial Design, UNIST; Phil Rose, Co-Founder, Alquemy Design and Clark Kellogg, Asst Professor,
Design Thinking, UC Berkeley Hass. It was very well received and Spark will continue to offer these educational
The Spark exhibit visited the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre and included winners from 2012 to work judged the day before at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The exhibit included student designs, individual designers and design practices like fuseproject, SOM, Whipsaw, Studio Hinrichs, LUNAR, Koncept, Karim Rashid, RKS, AECOM, Anvil, World Kitchen and many more.
The Pavilion was sponsored by Whirlpool China.
Our grateful thanks to all the fine folks at Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Business of Design Week, Global Design Network, Hong Kong Polytechnic School of Design, the Spark Jurors and our helpful friends. We had a great time! All Best!
2016 HK Juries Completed
Spark has finished all of this year’s juries, ending with an exciting finale in Hong Kong. We judged the “Dreamer Design” categories– Spark Concept; Spark MAKR and Spark PROTO. It took place in Zaha Hadid’s fabulous Jockey Club Innovation Tower, home to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design, and the Jockey Club Design Institute. Special thanks to School of Design Dean Cees de Bont for hosting Spark in such an inspiring venue. The Jury, from left to right; Chau Nguyen, LUNAR Singapore; Tim Dearborn, Dell; Celina Yan Dong, Whirlpool; Angie Kim, AYK; Peter Kuchnicki, Spark; Sheng-Hung Lee, IDEO; Claudya Piazera, Women Designer’s World Convention; Hari Nair, Whirlpool; Edmund Ng, Koncept and Lee Chi-Wing, Milk Design. The HK jury was terrific and with careful debate and solid decisions they discovered some of the best designs in these categories we’ve seen. In particular, a rare top honor, a SPARK! Special Mention went to an incredible educational tool to teach computer coding to youngsters. Check “iball” out >HERE
All good years with wonderful entries, judges and participants. Thanks all, for Sparking!