May 14, 2024 Graphic Design Senior Wins Prestigious Moggridge Award

Maggie Meystrik, a senior in the School of Design, has been named the College of Architecture and Design’s recipient of the Bill Moggridge Award. The international honor recognizes the next generation of designers and honors the life and career of Bill Moggridge.

Maggie Meystrik

“I am honored to be receiving the Bill Moggridge Award,” said Meystrik. “It is a privilege to carry the legacy of such an influential, warm, and innovative designer. Thank you to the directors in the college of architecture and design for their confidence in my work and abilities. I look forward to embracing the doors this distinction could open for me as I continue my journey as a designer.”

She earned the award for her senior capstone project, The FutureFoods Farm Pods, a system of four integrated farm capsules that operate on a closed-loop system and are scalable enough to exist on an urban patio or rural backyard.

The pods host four partner crops, seaweed, mushrooms, insects and snails, and are intended to provide a sustainable source of protein for a family of four. Meystrik, who stopped eating meat four years ago, created the product to represent a fundamental paradigm shift in the way American think about food and farming.

“This award recognizes the potential of Maggie’s product revolutionizing food production, a sustainable approach to addressing climate change through at-home protein farming,” said Dean Jason Young, who presented the award to Meystrik at the college’s annual Brag + B. “She’s not a food scientist. She’s not a hydroponics engineer, biologist or ecologist. She’s a graphic designer focused on creating interventions to challenge current paradigms and promote sustainability for project aims to disrupt conventional thinking and envision a more sustainable future. We are honored and proud to have Maggie as the college’s recipient of the Bill Moggridge Award.”

Moggridge was co-founder of IDEO and a pioneer in interaction design. A recipient of the Student Design Award at the Royal Society of the Arts half century ago, he credited the honor with giving him the confidence to start his own design firm in London in 1969, adding a second office ten years later in Palo Alto, California. In 1991, IDEO was created when he joined his company with those of David Kelley and Mike Nuttall.

The award began at the Royal Society of the Arts in 2014 and has since expanded to the Royal College of Art in London, California College of the Arts in San Francisco, Stanford University’s

The Bill Moggridge Awards is an annual design awards program sponsored by Techmer PM, IDEO, and the Bill Moggridge Awards Sustaining Committee.