Every year we see some of the most innovative and thought-provoking products and concepts come out of the IDEA competition crowned as gold winners. These projects always leave us craving more information about the approach, their inspiration and what made them stand out from the other entries each category.
Q&A with Kimberly Chow, Designmatters at Art Center College of Design
In some parts of the world, public health dilemmas arise from the difficulties citizens have in finding ways to wash their hands. A project at the Art Center College of Design gave rise to one simple, elegant and potentially powerful solution for the clean hands problem, Balde a Balde. We talked with one of the student designers about the solution and how it came to be:
What was the initial inspiration for Balde a Balde?
Hospital rooms are not designed to accommodate the needs of visitors. They can be made to accommodate a visitor’s needs, but that often requires some ingenuity on the part of a visitor. Clearly, there’s an opportunity there for better design. One effort to achieve better design of the experience of visiting a hospital room is, we think, outstanding. The IDEA-winning SleepToo is a single piece of furniture that serves a number of functions. In this interview, we learn a bit about how this solution came to be:
Q&A with Michael Kim, Art Center College of Design
Sometimes, a design comes along with the express purpose of disrupting everything you think you know regarding what is possible (and logical) about a particular experience. DIGIFI: Audionauts is such a design. We talked briefly with designer Michael Kim about his motives and his process:
This is an audacious piece of work. What inspired the project?
Q&A with Omer Haciomeroglu, product & concept designer, Umea Institute of Design
Firefighting is a noble profession. It’s also an experience that is particularly difficult to design for as some of the most noble and brilliant concepts are also quite difficult to commercialize. One concept the IDEA 2012 jury found to be quite brilliant, C-thru Smike Diving Helmet, addresses the need to provide better visibility for navigating dark, smoky, treacherous environments. We talked with the designer about the difficult path he’s begun to navigate:
Q&A with Sheng-Hung Lee, B.S., National Cheng Kung University, R.O.C.
Accessibility is a key element of designing a solution intended to be used in emergency situations. First aid kits, as one example, need to be as accessible as possible. A group of students in Taiwan recognized that Taiwanese families needed first aid kits to be more accessible and more universally designed. So they created Nursing Kit to solve for those things. For their troubles, they took home a Gold IDEA. In the following interview, we learn more about how they did it:
Q&A with Adam Fleming, marketing manager, Ammunition
In a very short time, Beats by Dr. Dre headphones have become a category-defining icon. You might wonder what opportunities remain for the designers at Ammunition who shape the Beats experience. As it turns out, they seized two rather important opportunities on their way to IDEA gold: designing for professional DJs and creating a wireless Beats product. We got some insight on how Ammunition delivered each of those solutions:
IDEA winners, selected from this year’s IDSA International Conference in Boston, have been touring ever since the conference began—both in Boston and in Korea. Whether in America or abroad, the message is the same: Good design is the basis for improved products, better business and a richer life.