The Winners have been chosen! Check out the winning submittals in the newly added BEHOLD section.

Many thanks to everyone who made The Shaggies Award Celebration so absolutely fantastic: judges (Paul Bradley, John Acevedo, Moni Wolf, Molly Moon Neitzel), volunteers, The Shaggie Team (Alex Diener, Stacey Fischer, Brian Conner, Kristin Will, Somos Design, Chuck Snavely, Neil Aguinaldo, Curtis Ma), the trophy artists (Ben Collette, Pat McVay), the sponsors, all the people who submitted entries and all the people who came out to celebrate! Everyone had such a great time that we're already talking about the next one in 2013. Thanks for making such a great expression of design community in the West.

Welcome to the Shaggies. What's behind the fuzzy name, you might ask. The anatomy of The Shaggies starts with a core passion for excellent design; topped with a fuzzy, green, curious Northwesterly layer; all wrapped up in a smart, hard-working and exacting exoskeleton of high standards.

What you used to know as the biennial Northwest Design Invitational has become the new, the fuzzy, the dynamic: Shaggies. Sure, you’ll still find all the outstanding design of products and systems that you’ve come to know – from the WA, the OR down to CA and back on up through the AZ, UT, WY, NV, ID, MT and even our westerly Canadian friends in the BC and AB (whew!) – but now with a new attitude, updated categories and an awards celebration that will leave you searching for words. And maybe a few wood shavings in your hair.