Sunday, July 22, 2007

IDEA ‘07 Winners Selected

Usability featured as design criteria for IDEA winners ...

"Some of the world’s hottest designs, innovative problem-solvers and coolest concepts were among the winners of the 2007 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEASM) (formerly the Industrial Design Excellence Awards), a celebration of the best product designs of the year. Breathtaking aesthetics, rugged engineering and enhanced usability characterized the 1,691 entries in categories as diverse as consumer electronics, housewares, transportation, sporting goods, furniture, and medical and scientific equipment and eco-design. The IDEA Jury – a carefully selected group of 18 leading thinkers in the design world – chose 20 entries to receive the coveted Gold award, 19 entries for the Silver award and 42 for the Bronze award.

Co-sponsored by BusinessWeek magazine and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the IDEA program fosters business and public understanding of the impact of industrial design excellence on the quality of life and the economy. Winners enjoy broad exposure through multiple media, beginning with BusinessWeek’s announcement and in-depth analysis of the winners in the July 30 issue, which hits newsstands July 20. IDSA’s quarterly magazine, Innovation, will publish information on the Gold, Bronze and Silver winners in its annual Yearbook this fall. All 81 winners will be featured on IDSA’s web site (http://www.idsa.org/) with descriptions, photos and contact information. Many will also display their award-winning projects in the Design Gallery of CONNECTING’07, the upcoming Icsid/IDSA World Design Congress in San Francisco, October 17-20.

According to IDEA jurors, this year’s entries merged aesthetic excellence with strategic business development. “The products looked very good,” said juror Michael Schrage, one of the world’s leading experts on the economics of innovation. “They showed a healthy interaction between the designer and business interests."    (Continued via Designophy)    [Usability Resources]

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