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June 1, 2016

WonderSphere Wins Core77's 2016 Design for Social Impact Award

Along with our client, Katie Stoudemire at Wonder Connection, Bresslergroup is excited to announce that WonderSphere is the winner of the Design for Social Impact category in the 2016 Core77 Design Awards.

WonderSphere is a sealed, mobile chamber that empowers pediatric patients with the wonders of nature and science. With built-in gloves that enable hospitalized, immune-compromised children to plant, dig, water, and touch nature without danger of infection, it provides a bedside field trip that is hands-on, experiential, multi-sensory, and safe.

The Design for Social Impact category honors “projects specifically designed to directly benefit social, humanitarian, community or environmental causes.” Core77’s 2016 Design for Social Impact Jury included Emily Pilloton, Founder of the nonprofit, Project H Design; John Bielenberg, Partner at Silicon Valley innovation firm, Future Partners; and Maria Guidice, VP of Experience Design at Autodesk. While sifting through submissions, the judges measured impact, authenticity, execution, and scalability.

“We loved the simplicity of this idea and its execution,” they said about WonderSphere in a video they made about the jurying process. “The more you look at it, the more brilliant it is. … It was unexpected and so authentic, with a brilliant idea to a problem we had not seen tackled before.”

“It was engineered really well,” said Pilloton. “It takes an existing technology of a sterile environment and it makes it into a bedside experience.”

“It felt scalable,” added Pilloton, “like it could have impact in every single hospital in the country or world.”

Guidice said, “This is an excellent example of coming up with a very simple solution using the least amount of materials. The rubber hits the road when you see kids interacting with it. That was the closer for us.”

This is the 6th year of the Core77 Design Awards, which recognize excellence in all areas of design enterprise and celebrate the richness of the design profession and its practitioners.