The 2017 Lifetime Contribution ISDDE Prize
for Design in Education

Criteria and Guidelines

The 2017 Prize of US$5,000 is offered for a substantial body of work, by an individual or a team, over a period of years that shows

excellence in design for education in science or mathematics.

In awarding The Prize the judges will seek excellence in the art and science of design in education by an individual or a team. The overriding criterion will be

recognition of excellence by a wide range of designers and users

The judgement will be informed by evidence, formal or informal, of:

  • aspects of design that have moved the field of educational design forward
  • aspects of design that have moved the field of mathematics and/or science education forward
  • achievement of specific goals for improved outcomes
  • use of research and the value of resulting insights
  • systematic development through trials with well-identified target groups of users
  • valuable unanticipated outcomes related to transformative effects in use
  • surprise and delight – as in all good art

Initial Nominations

Nominations are solicited from Fellows, Members, and friends of ISDDE. Do not nominate a designer that belongs to the institution from which you receive compensation. Your initial nomination should describe the range of work and describe what it has achieved. In a separate paragraph, explain why you admire it. This should be no more than two pages in length.

Final Nominations

For the final contenders for the Prize, the nominator will be invited to prepare a more detailed case1 including:

  • a case for the excellence of the work
  • a portfolio of examples from the work
  • supporting letters from users and others

As with good design, concise cases will normally have more impact.

The prize is open to designers of all nationalities and materials in any language, but nominations, cases and supporting letters should be presented in English. The identities and contact details of nominators and referees will be treated with professional discretion, but will be circulated amongst the judging panel.

Timetable for 2017

Closing date for initial nominations: July 31st 2017
Closing date for final submissions:  September 15th 2017
Announcement of the award: November 2017 at the ISDDE Conference in Berkeley, California, USA, hosted by the Lawrence Hall of Science


Nominations and Enquiries should be sent to Geoff Wake, panel chair:

Download this document (PDF).

1It is expected that the designer(s) will contribute to the preparation of this case.