Recognizing excellence in all areas of design enterprise, the Core77 Design Awards celebrates the richness of the design profession and the brilliance of its practitioners. This year alum Kohzy Koh, along with Products of Design students Gahnee Kang and Doug Fertig, won the Runner Up Service Design Award for Sift, their platform that helps canners quickly figure out which containers can be returned for money in their state, while establishing a stronger connection between recycling center and canner.
A common fixture in cities are the "canners" who scavenge through trash for used cans and bottles. Canners are the invisible workers that help ensure that recyclable materials get reclaimed: they return the discarded containers to recycling centers for money. It is not easy, especially for new canners, to identify which containers are of value: less experienced canners waste time and energy collecting containers that are later rejected at the recycling centers. Sift was conceived as a platform that helps canners quickly figure out which containers can be returned for money in their state, while establishing a stronger connection between recycling center and canner. The same platform can be expanded into a system for education purposes: to help educators inculcate an awareness of reclaimable materials in children.
"The job is not easy. It is back-breaking work in the night, it involves carrying heavy loads, and it is competitive. But it is particularly challenging for less experienced canners because they find it difficult to identify which containers are returnable and which will be rejected."
All projects in the Service Design category entail the organization of end-users, communication, transactions, infrastructure, institutions and organizational systems. Examples include: distribution or delivery systems, ways of connecting people or enabling transactions, funding platforms, web-based communities, etc.