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.
After this year's IDEA jury made its final decision regarding which designs were most excellent, we stole a few minutes with Jury Chair Rhys Newman, IDSA from Nokia to ask him about how the process went, what trends he observed and the story that ought to be told about what makes Nike+ FuelBand the Best in Show.
HERNDON, Va., Aug. 27, 2012 – On Aug. 18, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) unveiled the Best in Show for the 2012 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) at its annual international conference in Boston. Nike claimed the Best in Show nod for its Nike+ FuelBand.
Near the end of their dual interview at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI this May, IDEA 2012 Jurors Mike Kuzeniski and Matt Jones paused to consider what it means to think of a design as successful. Notably, they contemplated which criteria are integral to legitimizing a design as something that achieves success.
This tangent took a tangent or two of its own as Mike and Matt also observed some ways design practice is changing, and some new opportunities for how a design awards scheme could define design excellence.