Whipsaw Designs Score Both 1st AND 2nd Place in the 2015 Spark Product Design Awards

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The 2015 Spark Awards have been announced and the Whipsaw team takes home four Spark Product Design Awards, including two out of the top five awarded “Spark!”

HUBB Lifetime Oil Filter

Whipsaw is proving that designs can be both sustainable and efficient

Whipsaw Inc, the Silicon Valley-based Industrial Design and Engineering firm that creates innovative products for companies around the globe, announces that 4 of their recent product designs have been highlighted by the 2015 Spark jury, including the honor of both 1st AND 2nd place out of 37 winners. Reserved only for true world-changing designs, the highly coveted “Spark!” (above Gold category) was given to 5 design entries this year and Whipsaw received the top 2 out of these 5 highest awards. Spark! went to the HUBB Oil Filter and the Leitz Icon Label Cartridges. The Whipsaw team also won 2 additional Bronze Awards for the Mimosa C5i and the Leitz Icon Labeling System.

"Whipsaw is proving that designs can be both sustainable and efficient," said Spark President Peter Kuchnicki in reference to Whipsaw's top 2 winning entries. "They can even be beautiful—who's ever seen a lovelier oil filter!”

Spark is unique among design competitions because it is multi-disciplinary, reflecting the modern fact that most designers work collaboratively across disciplines. Spark sees technology as a great enabling tool that is helping all of society to be more creative, productive and innovative, and recognizes design that supports this view. Spark is also “aspirational,” believing that design is a process for improving our life and the planet by making significant, positive changes in the world.

“We appreciate the Spark program because it sees design as a holistic endeavor that aims to improve the human condition, honoring not just pretty design but also important design” said Dan Harden, President/CEO of Whipsaw Inc.

The award winning Whipsaw designs are:

HUBB Oil Filter (Spark!) – a re-usable and highly efficient stainless steel and aluminum automotive oil filter with a standard mount, compatible with any car or truck. HUBB has a lifespan of more than 50 years.

Leitz Icon Label Cartridges (Spark!) – environmentally friendly label cartridges for the Leitz Icon Labeling System, made out of recycled paper pulp and biodegradable plastic.

Leitz Icon Labeling System (Bronze) - a wireless, compact and portable label printer to conveniently print labels directly from apps on a smart phone or tablet.

Mimosa C5i (Bronze) - a new type of wireless receiver known as a hotspot-to-the-home gateway. It brings broadband Internet service into one’s home without needing cable or fiber optics.

About Whipsaw:
Whipsaw is an Industrial Design & Engineering consulting firm located in Silicon Valley California, with a focus on innovative product design, development & branding. Whipsaw creates highly successful products across many diverse fields including consumer electronics, housewares, wearables, medical, computing, scientific, and business equipment. Whipsaw’s clients range from large corporations like Avaya, Cisco, Clorox, Dell, GE, Google, Haier, Intel, Leitz, Merck, Motorola, Nike, Olympus, Samsung, SunPower and TP-Link plus exciting startups including Apnicure, Avinger, Dropcam, Highfive, Livescribe, OM Signal and Yubo.

Whipsaw has been widely published; has brought hundreds of hit products to market; has won over 200 Industrial Design Awards; and has creations in the Smithsonian Institution Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

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Sieglinde Van Damme
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