The RGD So(cial) Good Design Awards “celebrate[s] design’s undeniable power to incite meaningful action and make positive change.” The international design competition, first created in 2012, focuses on the creative community’s responsibility to address social issues and design with purpose. Of this year’s 54 winning projects, C&G Partners won in two out of the eight categories. The exhibition design for Native New York at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian won in the Arts & Culture category, and the Dreams Wall & Memory Koi – A Set of Digital Experiences at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center won in the Health, Well-Being & Safety category.

Native New York win

Native New York follows a 400-mile path across five centuries, showing us that New York is—and always has been—a Native place. Partnering with the museum team on exhibition, graphic, and media design for this project in downtown “Manahatta,” the studio conceived the exhibition like a walk-in graphic novel, constantly in motion.

Dreams Wall and Memory Koi: A Set of Digital Experiences is a two-part digital installation that consists of both a welcome wall made of fiber optic wood and a virtual koi pond and sculpture. The Dreams Wall features images inspired by nature in motion that glow directly through the wall’s wood, while Memory Koi is an interactive virtual pond that allows for both passive viewing and interactions such as feeding AI fish. Memory Koi was completed in collaboration with Potion.