2013 International Design Excellence Awards Accepting Entries, Dec. 3

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On Dec. 3, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) will open its International Design Excellence Awards® (IDEA) 2013 competition to designers, students and companies worldwide. For 33 years, IDEA has recognized design excellence in products, sustainability, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts.

On Dec. 3, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) will open its International Design Excellence Awards® (IDEA) 2013 competition to designers, students and companies worldwide. For 33 years, IDEA has recognized design excellence in products, sustainability, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts. For the fourth year, The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich., will house the winners in its permanent collection.

A jury of independent design experts will use the following criteria in selecting winning designs:

  • Innovation: design, experience, manufacturing
  • Benefit to the user: performance, comfort, safety, ease of use, usability, user interface, ergonomics, universal function and access, quality of life, affordability
  • Responsibility: benefit to society, environment, culture and economy
  • Benefit to the client: profitability, increased sales, brand reputation, employee morale
  • Visual appeal and appropriate aesthetics
  • Design research category insights: usability, emotional factors, unmet needs, testing rigor and reliability
  • Design strategy category: internal factors and methods, strategic value and implementation

IDEA accepts entries in the following categories:

  • Bathroom, spa and wellness
  • Commercial and industrial
  • Communication tools
  • Computer equipment
  • Design strategy
  • Digital design
  • Entertainment
  • Environments
  • Garden and outdoor
  • Kitchen
  • Leisure and recreation
  • Living room and bedroom
  • Medical and scientific
  • Office and productivity
  • Packaging and graphics
  • Personal accessories
  • Research
  • Service design
  • Social impact design
  • Student designs
  • Transportation

For complete contest information, visit http://www.idsa.org/idea-2013-entry-rules-criteria-instructions
See last year's winners: http://www.idsa.org/idea-2012-gallery

About IDEA
Started in 1980, the IDEA program fosters business and public understanding about the impact of industrial design excellence on the quality of life and the economy. The Henry Ford houses IDEA winners in its permanent collection to continue to tell the story of American innovation. Curve magazine, Core 77, Design Bureau, Plastic News and Yanko Design are media partners for IDEA 2013.    

About IDSA
With its roots reaching back to 1938 and founded in 1965, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is the world’s oldest, largest, member-driven society for industrial design. IDSA represents professionals in product design, interaction design, human factors, ergonomics, design research, design management, universal design and related design fields. The society produces the renowned International Design Excellence Award® (IDEA) competition annually; hosts the International Design Conference and five regional conferences each year; and publishes Innovation, a quarterly journal on design, and designBytes, a weekly e-newsletter highlighting the latest headlines in the design world. IDSA's charitable arm, the Design Foundation, supports the dissemination of undergraduate and graduate scholarships annually to further industrial design education. The organization has more than 3,000 members in 29 professional chapters in the U.S. and internationally. For more information, visit http://www.idsa.org.

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