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Four Continuum Projects Rank Among 2014 IDEA Award Winners

July 2, 2014
by Allison Ryder

IDSA Press Release:

Herndon, VA, July 1, 2014 –The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) announced the winners of the 2014 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA®) competition—a recognition of design excellence in products, interaction design, service design, strategy, research, concepts and student designs in categories ranging from automobiles and commercial products to medical equipment and home furnishings.

A panel of 24 international design experts from design consultancies, corporations and universities judged nearly 2,000 entries this year, ultimately naming 27 Gold, 58 Silver and 91 Bronze IDEA winners. The jury evaluated entries on aspects of industrial design excellence including: innovation; benefits to the user and client; and sustainability as well as the design’s visual appeal.

“The range and diversity of entries submitted for this year’s IDEA competition confirmed definitively that design has ‘arrived’ as an activity with undisputed relevance for a broad range of problem types,” remarked IDEA 2014 jury chair, Tad Toulis, IDSA, vice president of design at SONOS Inc. “In many ways the extent of that range, now grown so vast—seemed to herald a tipping point; a moment in time where design is openly embraced as a universal activity.”

IDSA will formally award these honors at the 2014 International Conference in Austin, TX at the Austin Hilton on the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. In addition, IDSA will announce a number of top honors, including the Bestin Show, Curator’s Choice, People’s Choice and the Sustainability Awards for 2014. The 176 winners along with the other 514 finalists were published today on idsa.org.

Honored Continuum Projects, Bronze Award:Bronze14_white

Medical and Scientific: Medical Device Design: Medtronic’s Aquamantys3 BSC 9.1S Bipolar Sealer with Cutting, an electrosurgical tool designed for orthopaedic applications, with ease of use and familiarity for doctors in mind.

Medical and Scientific: PH Level Scanner: Senova Systems’ pHit Handheld pH Meter, a PH-testing sensor system which replaces glass electrodes with solid state smart sensors and does not require calibration.

Honored Continuum Projects, Finalist:

Service Design: Space aFinalist14_whitend Customer Experience Design: BBVA’s Customer-Centric Bank, a multi-touch point experience that puts customers at the center of their personal banking—from a branch design that allows for collaboration with frontline employees to online experiences that provide customers assurance around the transactions where they need it most.

Service Design: Financial Inclusion in Emerging Markets: CGAP’s Advancing Financial Inclusion in Pakistan, a partnership which studied how women in Pakistan interact with finance and yielded learnings about designing for assurance in a population facing challenges around poverty and illiteracy.

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