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Retail Exhibition Honored by Core77 Design Awards

Retail Exhibition Honored by Core77 Design Awards

July 17, 2012 (Boston, MA) — Design Museum Boston and students at Wentworth Institute of Technology have received two Notable awards from the 2012 Core77 Design Awards for their work on Retail: Retell. Recycle. Rethink. The exhibition was a collaboration between Design Museum Boston and WIT students taking part in our STUDIO program — a course where students learn exhibition design by conceiving, designing, developing, funding, and creating a highly-visible, public exhibition.

Retail opened at Prudential Center in early August 2011 to educate the public about the product lifecycle — the process through which raw materials are turned into products and then ultimately disposed of — the students created a “Reconsider” message to show alternatives for disposal behavior, giving visitors real direction to do thinks like recycle old sneakers or to give old cell phones a second life.

The team received Notable recognition in two categories: Educational Initiatives and Exhibition & Interiors.

Design Museum Boston Director and WIT STUDIO professor, Sam Aquillano, had this to say about the team, “these students did amazing work on Retail, they opened it in a great location, and took the lead with Core77; I’m proud of their work and I couldn’t agree more with the jury’s choice to recognize them for it.”

The jury had great things to say about the students’ work, “This student-fueled exhibit realized in collaboration with the Design Museum Boston has succeeded in translating a historically complex message into one that is accessible, compelling, educational and memorable.  Our jury found that the topic and presentation strategy of the exhibition is especially relevant in the context of our contemporary consumer culture; the exhibit helps the general public understand the multi-faceted layers of the decisions they make when they shop.”

The student-led team included: Joe Bradford, Stephanie Ciccolini, Nick Dunleavy, Matt Hanudel, Nick Iovino, Alyssa Makere, Stevie Meder, John Pelkey, Alan Platner, Christina Ragucci, Haik Tokatlyan, and Nick Vassallo — supported by professors, and Design Museum Boston Co-Founders: Sam Aquillano and Derek Cascio.

The Retail exhibition will continue to travel to unique locations throughout Boston and New England. The next STUDIO program is in full swing with a new group of WIT students — this year they’re working on an exhibition called: Life Impacted: International Design Excellence, which will highlight the best product design of 2012. Opening in August 2012 at the Industrial Designers Society of America National Conference in Boston, the team has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the exhibition.

Retail was sponsored by IMAGINiT Software and AIR Graphics.

Read more and watch the students’ video at the Core77 Awards winners site.


Design Museum Boston is New England’s first museum dedicated solely to design. Its mission is to educate the public on the role of design in their lives and to unite the design community in ways that enrich their collective work and solve real-world problems more creatively. Whether in a gallery, retail environment, public spaces or on the web, its programming gives audiences new insights into the design process and the greater social, economic, and environmental contexts that both affect and are affected by design. For information on current and past programs and exhibitions visit:

Recognizing excellence in all areas of design enterprise, the Core77 Design Awards celebrates the richness of the design profession and its practitioners. In 2012 there are 17 categories of entry, providing designers, researchers and writers a unique opportunity to communicate the intent, rigor and passion behind their efforts. From client work to self-initiated projects, entrepreneurial to pro-bono engagements, the Core77 Design Awards embrace a wide diversity of enterprise: commercial, cultural, social, environmental and discursive.

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