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- BusinessWeek and IDSA announce the IDEA Winners: In case you haven't heard, for the first time in the 25-year history of the Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) competition, the IDEA article was selected to run as BusinessWeek's cover story. The IDEA was the cover story for all three of BusinessWeek's editions: North America, Europe and Asia. You can view the winners of the 2005 IDEA at /idea/idea2005/ and www.businessweek.com/magazine/toc/05_27/B39410527design.htm
- McCoys & Zeisel Win National Design Awards, Stumpf Finalist: The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has announced the initial winners and finalists of the sixth annual National Design Awards. Katherine McCoy, FIDSA and Michael McCoy, IDSA, both partners in McCoy & McCoy Associates, are the winners of the first ever Design Mind Award, created to recognize a visionary who has affected a paradigm shift in design thinking or practice through writing, research and scholarship. Bill Stumpf, IDSA, partner in Stumpf Weber Associates of Minneapolis, is a finalist in the Product Design category. Eva Zeisel is the winner of Lifetime Achievement Award. For more information, visit http://www.nationaldesignawards.org/.
- New IDSA Ecodesign Site Launched: IDSA's Ecodesign Section has launched a new Web site that offers detailed information for product designers on how to evaluate, innovate and market products that minimize damage or restore health to the natural environment. Ecodesign Section Chair Philip White, IDSA, oversaw the redesign and construction. For more, visit /ecodesign.htm.
- The Future is Calling: ECCO Design recently completed a cellphone design concept for the July issue of Popular Science magazine. ECCO was asked to visualize the cellphone of tomorrow, incorporating emerging technologies (micro fuel cells, 3x optical zoom, streaming video, etc.) into a sleek, inspired design. For more information, visit http://www.popsci.com/popsci/whatsnew/article/0,20967,1067704,00.html.
- Babble in Secret: Sonare Technologies, a newly formed Herman Miller company, introduced "Babble" at NeoCon in Chicago. About the size of a clock radio, Babble is a voice privacy device that makes it possible for people to have confidential telephone conversations at work in a voice that is indecipherable. Babble works by multiplying the user's voice and sending out a randomized voice stream with the user's natural voice, the combination of those voices making it "impossible" to decipher. Mark Dziersk, FIDSA, senior vice president of design with Herbst Lazar Bell is interviewed. To read more, visit http://www.projo.com/home/content/projo_20050626_babble.1ebe6c9.html.
- New Issue of InCA Released: The new issue of InCA, a publication of IDSA San Francisco, is live. The new issues feature a photo essay and a dictionary style entry, including interactive features. For more information, visit http://idsa-sf.org/inca.htm.
- ICSID Events & News: "Joining Forces," the Design Research, Industries and a New Interface for Competitiveness conference will be at the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland, September 22-24. For more information on "Joining Forces," visit http://www2.uiah.fi/joiningforces/. The main event, the Era 05: World Design Congress, featuring sessions in Copenhagen, Denmark, Oslo, Norway, Göthenburg, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland, takes place from September 22-28. To know more about the Era 05: World Design Congress, visit http://www.era05.com/. The June/July issue of the ICSID newsletter is available for download in PDF on IDSA's Web site at /sites/default/files/xiglafiles/ICSID_newsletter_june.pdf.
- At 98, Zeisel's Design Influence Comes Full Circle The Boston Globe has an in-depth feature on Eva Zeisel, who at 98 is busier, more productive, and more celebrated than ever. To read more visit, www.boston.com/.
- The Case for Design: Steelcase Inc. chief James P. Hackett on design as a competitive advantage, the collaborative shift and coveting the life of a hotel-desk clerk. http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/95/wikn.html.
- Call for Entries: From August 29-September 23, the Consumer Electronics Association will accept entries for its International CES® Innovations Design and Engineering Awards. Winning products will be displayed in the Innovations 2006 Showcase at the Sands Expo and Convention Center during the 2006 International CES, Las Vegas, Nev., January 5-8. Anyone who has designed outstanding consumer electronics should consider entering this competition endorsed by IDSA. For information regarding "Innovations" contact Roz Graham at (703) 907-7432, or e-mail email@example.com. For more details, visit www.CESweb.org/innovations.
- The 2005 Worldwide Forum on Marks and Designs: The International Trademark Association (INTA) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) present the 2005 Worldwide Forum on Marks and Designs. The forum is an intermediate to advanced-level conference that ventures beyond the border of trademarks into industrial designs, taking an integrated look at these evolving intellectual property rights, including concerns unique to each as well as overlapping issues. September 8-9 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at the Sutton Place Hotel. For more information, visit http://www.inta.org/forums/2005/worldwide/index.html.
- Unlocking Innovation: The Institute for International Research (IIR) presents its 11th annual Innovation Convergence Conference, September 21-23 in Minneapolis. This three day event will look at innovation from every angle of an organization, from the consumer to C-level executives, from sales and marketing units to R&D departments. For more information, visit http://www.iirusa.com/convergence/.
- Todd Oldham Hosts New Series on Mid-Century Design: Fashion designer Todd Oldham will host "Todd Oldham's Handmade Modern," this fall on HGTV. In the five-part, half-hour series, Oldham will show viewers how to recreate home accessories and furnishings popular in the 1950s and '60s. For more information, visit http://www.detnews.com/2005/homestyle/0506/26/E03-225980.htm.
- Answer the IDSA poll! Visit the buzz at /buzz.htm and answer today's question: Do the designers and the engineers at your company work as a team, or are they frequently at odds?
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