weekly wrap up + 2011 d*s scholarship winners!

Nothing makes me happier than dedicating my final post of 2011 to the next generation of great design talent. Today I’m thrilled to announce the winners of the 2011 D*S Scholarship! I am so appreciative that so many amazing students took the time to enter- thank you for sharing your work with us, it was an honor to look through it all. Thank you again to this year’s sponsors Congratulations to:


1st place ($2500): Alyssa McNamara
2nd place ($1500): Nick Missel
3rd place ($750): Carly Ayres
4th place ($250): Leah Goren


1st place ($2500): Marta Dlugolecka
2nd place ($1500): Bethany Ng
3rd place ($750): Ashley Peifer
4th place ($250): Elise Deringer

Thank you again to this year’s scholarship sponsors who made these no-strings-attached financial awards possible. West Elm, Perigee Books (a division of Penguin) and Artstream.

It has been such an honor to talk about and celebrate great design with all of you this year. 2011 saw a major redesign at D*S, our first printed newspaper, our first book, a 30-city book tour, the Portland Bazaar, our first ever office and our first full-time employee. If 2012 is even a fraction of what 2011 was, I will be the luckiest girl alive. Thank you so much to all of you for joining us here every day and being a part of this amazing community of people who truly embrace living a creative life. I am so inspired by all of you and can’t wait to see what 2012 holds for all of us. We’re closing up our laptops and will return after the New Year on Tuesday, January 3rd. Until then I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday and from all of us here at D*S, best wishes for a wonderful new year. xo, grace

*Image above via Hope and Joy Studios

Below is a summary of this week’s highlights:


Regular reader, first time commenter! Just want to say thanks so much for the blog and all the work you guys put into it. D*S inspires me every day, and certainly brings more beauty to my world. Congratulations, Grace, on all you’ve achieved!

Marta Dlugolecka

I can’t believe I won this! I so so so super happy as the was no better Christmas gift than this one! Thank you Design*Sponge and everyone who voted for me :) Merry Christmas! xxx


Have a wonderful holiday, and congratulations to the winners! I bet that’s a nice Christmas present for them!

up in the air somewhere

Congrats to all the scholarship winners (and to those who were brave enough to put themselves out there and submit their work)! Many thanks to Grace and the Design Sponge team for their work bringing independent and emerging designers work to an ever widening audience. Here’s to a fantastic 2012!


Yes – congratulations to the scholarship winners. And to Grace and the D*S team for a great year of design posting. Happy holidays and good luck to us all in 2012.


It s a brilliant idea that you had to promote new talents! I wish so bad I would have know because I so would have participated ! Congratulations to the really talented winners !
Wish you all amazing Holidays :)

Bonnie McCarthy

The scholarships are wonderful! Thanks for encouraging not just creativity, but heart and soul as well! All the best in the new year!


Congratulations to the winners. To celebrate, I treated myself to the ornament featured in the photo! It’s made from a vintage tart tin. See how much happiness design gives the world LOL!

Alyssa McNamara

Thank you so much for this opportunity and for all the votes cast. This was truly the best Christmas present I could have imagined. I look forward to seeing how all the exhibited artists grow in their creativity and design.


Your first place undergraduate winner just graduated in December. Is this a retroactive scholarship?