Going for the Gold: IDSA IDEA® 2016 Reveals Global Design Winners

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"An incredible legacy." The Industrial Designers Society of America's International Design Excellence Awards® took center stage at Henry Ford Museum on Aug. 17, 2016—honoring 136 Gold, Silver and Bronze winners from around the world.

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“The IDEA 2016 winners show us the true meaning of design excellence,”

In a grand, red carpet ceremony at the iconic Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) unveiled the Gold and Silver winners of the International Design Excellence Awards® (IDEA®) 2016. View the IDEA 2016 Gallery of 136 Gold, Silver and Bronze winners—chosen from among more than 1,700 entries worldwide—at http://www.idsa.org/awards/idea/gallery.

“The IDEA 2016 winners show us the true meaning of design excellence,” said IDSA Board of Directors Chair—and TEAGUE President and CEO—John Barratt, IDSA, at the 36th annual IDEA Ceremony. The presentation was followed by the IDEA Gala that also served as the kickoff to the IDSA International Conference 2016 in Detroit.

Barratt was joined on stage by The Henry Ford President Patricia Mooradian and two IDEA 2016 jurors—The Henry Ford Chief Curator Marc Greuther and IDEA 2017 Jury Chair Owen Foster, IDSA. “I hope you’re as excited as we are by the future of design excellence on display,” said Foster.

IDEA 2016 Jury Chair Cameron Campbell, IDSA, led a team of global design experts to judge more than 600 finalists in June at The Henry Ford. “IDEA has an incredible legacy of establishing the best in international design,” she said. IDSA announced 63 Bronze winners on July 1 and revealed 26 Gold and 47 Silver winners at the Aug. 17 ceremony.

The Access Strength™ won three major awards—Best in Show; Design for Equality; and an IDEA 2016 Gold. The digital health platform provides value to payers, providers and patients/consumers in the healthcare system—pairing HIPAA-compliant cloud software with inclusive fitness equipment to lower barriers in fitness/rehabilitation for consumers, and to optimize the delivery of care for providers.

The Access Strength™ was designed by Priority Designs, Inc. and AWH—both in the Columbus, OH area—and Ryan Eder, founder and CEO of IncludeFitness of Cincinnati, OH. Eder first earned major recognition as a University of Cincinnati industrial design student nearly 10 years ago—winning Gold, Best in Show and People’s Choice in IDEA 2007 for a concept version of this project. Eder’s talk at IDSA’s International Conference on Aug. 18 focused on how he’s Making Things Happen—From Thesis to CEO.

The Gold winners of IDEA 2016 are:

  •     Automotive & Transportation:

    o    HUBB Lifetime Oil Filter by Whipsaw, Inc. and HUBB Filters, Inc.
    o    Rolls-Royce Dawn by BMW Group
    o    VARD Offshore Subsea Construction Vessel Concept by Montaag LLC and VARD, a Fincantieri company

  •     Children's Products:

    o    mCookie by Microduino, Inc.

  •     Commercial & Industrial:

    o    Swater by RUNNER GROUP
    o    TC8000 Mobile Computer by Zebra Technologies

  •     Communication Tools:

    o    goTenna by Pensa and goTenna
    o    Robin by Branch and Nextbit

  •     Computer Equipment:

    o    Google OnHub by Whipsaw, Inc. and Google, Inc.

  •     Design Strategy:

    o    Dolby HQ Environmental Design Strategy by Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

  •     Digital Design:

    o    Hammerhead One by Hammerhead

  •     Entertainment:

    o    OZO Virtual Reality Camera by Nokia Design for Nokia Corp.
    o    SERIF TV by ERB SARL and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
    o    Vive Virtual Reality System by HTC Corp.

  •     Environments:

    o    TetraPOT by IDEO

  •     Home & Bath:

    o    Fade Task Light by Box Clever for Fade Studio Inc.
    o    Nascent Objects by Ammunition for Nascent Objects

  •     Kitchen:

    o    Kelvin Coffee Bean Roaster Concept by IA Collaborative

  •     Medical & Scientific:

    o    Moyo Fetal Heart Rate Monitor by Laerdal Global Health
    o    Treo Advanced Mobile Imaging by GE Healthcare

  •     Personal Accessories:

    o    OneBlade by Pensa and OneBlade

  •     Service Design:

    o    Audi on Demand by Continuum LLC for Audi Mobility

  •     Social Impact:

    o    Suncubator Concept by Geometry Global Korea

  •     Sports, Leisure & Recreation:

    o    The Access Strength™ by Priority Designs, Inc.; AWH; and IncludeFitness

  •     Student Designs:

    o    BoneAid by Tunghai University students
    o    Emergency Medical System by Dalian Minzu University School of Design students and Dalian HMO Technology Co., Ltd.

Also announced at the Ceremony:
Beautility Award—SERIF TV
Chair Award—Vive Virtual Reality System
Considered Design Award—Nascent Objects
Curator’s Choice Award—BoneAid
People’s Choice Award—Pebble Time Round by Pebble Industrial Design Team

IDEA 2016 supporter-sponsors are Flextronics, Philips Design and Whipsaw. American Standard served as the IDEA 2016 Red Carpet Sponsor. The IDEA 2016 Gala was sponsored by Samsung. Core77 served as an IDEA 2016 media sponsor.

Congratulate IDEA 2016 winners with #IDSAIDEA #IDSADetroit16 on Twitter @IDSA and Industrial Designers Society of America on Facebook and LinkedIn. Follow @IDSAdesign on Instagram. IDEA 2017 will begin accepting entries in January 2017. The IDEA 2017 Ceremony will be held in conjunction with the IDSA International Conference 2017, set for Aug. 16 to 19 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

Founded in 1965, the nonprofit IDSA is one of the oldest and largest membership associations for industrial design professionals. IDSA has thousands of members in dozens of Student Chapters, Professional Chapters and Special Interest Sections in the United States and internationally. IDSA sponsors IDEA®, the world’s most prestigious and rigorous design competition. The Society hosts events including an annual International Design Conference, five District Design Conferences and a Medical Design Conference, bringing together some of the biggest names and brightest minds in industrial design and related fields. Global outreach includes designUpdate and designBytes e-newsletters; INNOVATION—IDSA’s flagship publication—a highly regarded magazine within the profession; and the Yearbook of Design Excellence, featuring IDEA, IDSA Award and Student Merit Award winners. IDSA Ambassadors support and promote industrial design with research and thought leadership such as INsights.

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