This year 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 on Aug. 18. The Nike+ FuelBand was awarded the coveted Best in Show.
“The IDEA 2012 jury awarded the Nike+ FuelBand the Best in Show because we felt it was simply a great, complete and compelling bit of product design,” said IDEA’s 2012 Jury Chair Rhys Newman, head of advanced projects at Nokia. “It represented a clear signal of the value of multidisciplinary designers coming together to make an outstanding product. Nike+ FuelBand is an example of total product design – excellent hardware, great user interface and user experience. Best of all, it’s a product that's a catalyst to positive behavioral change.”
In addition to Best in Show recognition, the competition’s People’s Choice Award and the Curator’s Choice Award were announced.The Embrace Infant Warmer took home the People’s Choice Award. Created by Jane Chen, Linus Liang, Naganand Murty and Rahul Alex Panicker, the Embrace Infant Warmer is an affordable product designed for premature and low-birth-weight babies to prevent hypothermia in developing countries.
Chosen by The Henry Ford, EzyStove® received the Curator’s Choice Award. EzyStove is a wood-burning stove that was created and produced locally for developing countries needing a solution to replace cooking over an open fire.
For the first time, the IDEA jury gave a Sustainability Award, which they awarded to the LED Clear Bulb. Designed by Panasonic, the LED Clear Bulb is the first to recreate the mood, quality and look of an incandescent bulb while offering a rated lifespan of 40,000 hours. The LED light source resembles a filament that effectively disperses light in all directions. Since it has the same dimensions as an incandescent, the LED Clear Bulb can be used with any light fixture that uses an incandescent.
Thank you again to this year’s sponsor Microsoft and media partners Core77, Curve magazine and Yanko Design.