What do Apple, James Gandolfini of “The Sopranos,” director Tim Burton (“Planet of the Apes”), BMW, Radiohead, and “The New York Times” have in common? All are nominees for Wired Magazine’s third annual Rave Awards. Wired’s Rave Awards celebrate “the people, the products and the Web sites that represent the best in technology.”
For the awards, the editors of Wired have chosen visionaries in 16 categories ranging from “Tech Renegade” to “Most Addictive Game” to “Most Wired Musician.” The Rave Awards will be celebrated in San Francisco on Oct. 17 at Ian Schrager’s new hotel The Clift.
Apple’s Titanium PowerBook G4 is nominated for “Most Wired Design.” Other nominees in the category include: Nike Shox R4 athletic shoes, the Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC, Harman Kardon SoundSticks, and TH!NK city electric car.
Apple’s 17-inch flat panel Studio Display is also a nominee for “Best Wired Extra,” the “best hardware or software addition to your computer or PDA.” Other nominees are the Ericsson Bluetooth Headset HBH-10, Handspring VisorPhone, Vindigo and Xircom SpringPort Wireless Ethernet module.
Apple’s “Rip. Mix. Burn” is nominated for “Most Wired Ad Spot” “the tech ad campaign that captured your attention.” Also in the running are EDS’ “Airplane,” E*Trade’s “Dot-Com Graveyard,” Pacific Bell DSL’s “Introducing Yourself,” and BMWfilms.com’s “Powder Keg” trailer.
And Apple’s Industrial Design Team is a candidate for “Designer of the Year,” “the artist, architect, Web or product designer whose work hypnotizes you.” Other nominees are: Diller and Scofidio, Winning design for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Herzog and de Meuron, Tate Modern; John Maeda, Maeda @ Media (book); and Marcel Wanders, Airborne Snotty Vase
To review all nominees and vote, visit the Rave Awards Web site.