The winners of the 2009 International Design Excellence Award competition have been announced. I’ve perused the gallery and picked out the ones that I find most inspirational.
I’m always a sucker for new takes on products that we take for granted. The Eva Solo Grating Bucket “…turns the traditional handheld grater upside down.” The grated matter is contained within the grater, rather than left in a pile on your counter. It only received a bronze, but I give it the “Duh! Why didn’t somebody think of this decades ago?” award. Kudos to Tools Design.
A few years back, I was trying to find a kid-friendly digital camera. I gave up. TEAMS Design has filled this obvious need with flair and won a bronze award with the Argus Bean Children’s Digital Camera. Rugged, affordable, water resistant, slip resistant, minimum controls, clips onto things, has a handle, and looks fun—what more could you want?
Hospitals are scary enough for adults, let alone children. My daughter’s recent experience going through surgery for a broken arm was testament to that fact. The Healthcare Design Team of Phillips Design deserves a medal for coming up with the idea of placing toy versions of medical equipment in waiting rooms. They received a bronze one for the Kitten Scanner. As described in the gallery, “The Kitten Scanner helps lessen children’s anxiety about a CT exam. By placing the Kitten Scanner in the waiting room, children are invited to play and interact with the device in a non-threatening environment. Interactive role play and storytelling explain the different steps of the procedure and, through the act of playing, children become familiar with the procedure and learn what to expect.” This is design at its best.
Energy Seed is a gold-winning concept design from an educational project sponsored by Samsung Design. It is a “collection bin for batteries that uses leftover power to light the attached LED streetlamps.” I love the idea, but I would like to know a little bit more about how it would work. How does it drain the energy from the discarded batteries? How many batteries would it take to keep the light on for a night? What service would be put in place to collect the batteries, and how would they be disposed of? As in years past, the all-to-brief descriptions on IDSA’s site leave me hungering for more information.
Those are my favorites, but there are 146 other winners to check out.