The National Design Awards were conceived in 1997 by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American design. The Awards are bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life.

As part of her nomination portfolio Méndez made this book containing 10 selected projects with detailed descriptions, published articles by design and art curators, writers and critics, and cut-ups of the selected projects. The book is 9.5 × 6.5 × 2.5 inches.
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