Fast Company honors Designmatters students, staff

Giradora, designed by Alex Cabunoc and Ji A You, cuts the water and time needed for laundry.

Students and staff at Art Center’s Designmatters program will make their mark on Fast Company’s upcoming issue dedicated to design.

The magazine has named three students from Designmatters as finalists in its annual Innovation by Design competition in the Student Designs category for their designs dedicated to those in developing countries.

Kim Chow designed the clip-on faucet device, Balde A Balde, that turns any water basin into a source of flowing water for those who lack running water in their homes. And Alex Cabunoc and Ji A You created a $40 foot-powered washer, Giradora, which cuts the water and time needed for laundry.

Mariana Amatullo

Designmatters' Mariana Amatullo

Fast Company received 1,700 entries from 1,100 organizations, companies and individuals. A panel of judges selected 56 finalists representing the power of creativity across nine different landscapes, including transportation, consumer products, 2-D design, service design and interactive design.

The finalists will appear in Fast Company’s October issue, “Good Design = Good Business,” on newsstands on Sept. 18. Winners will be announced Oct. 16 at a special event in New York as part of National Design Week.

Additionally, Fast Company editors named Mariana Amatullo, vice president of the Designmatters department, to the 2012 Co.Design 50, a list of the most influential designers shaping the future. Amatullo  and other winners will highlighted in an eight-page feature in the magazine’s October issue.

“It is humbling and a real thrill to get a pat on the back in this way for the growing body of work of Designmatters at Art Center,” Amatullo said. “The recognition is a tribute to  the talent and creativity of so many of our students, and to the contributions of a team of outstanding colleagues.”

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