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Other winners included:

_ Design Mind Award: Janine Benyus, a biologist and innovation consultant working to use biomimicry, looking to nature to create sustainable designs.

_ Design Patron: Red Burns, an arts professor and chief collaborations officer for the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University for her innovations in communications technology.

_ Communication Design: Rebeca Mendes, a professor in media arts at the University of California, Los Angeles.

_ Interaction Design: Evan Roth, an artist who visualizes and records often unseen moments in public spaces and collaborated with Jay-Z on the first open-source rap video.

_ Interior Design: Clive Wilkinson Architects, a Los Angeles-based firm whose clients have included Google, Disney and 20th Century Fox.

_ Landscape Architecture: Stoss Landscape Urbanism, a Boston studio that works in both landscape design and urban planning.

_ Product Design: Scott Wilson, founder of the Chicago-based studio Minimal that collaborated with Microsoft to design Kinect for Xbox 360 and who created TikTok watches for the iPod Nano.

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Online:

Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum: http://www.cooperhewitt.org/

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