The e-DMV struck a design balance between space and limitations at the DMV. Using a retinal scanner to verify user information, the e-DMV electronic booths are designed to stay open 24 hours a day for renewing driver's licenses. Because license renewal takes up much of DMV personnel time, the DMV is not able to thoroughly investigate questionable renewals and first-time driver's license applications. Many of the 9-11 terrorists presented fake or phony informaton to obtain valid driver's licenses.
"The jury members agree that the designers have conceived a very workable solution and that anything that will make the Motor Vehicle Bureau experience easier for the customer is a truly noble initiative." - John E. Herlitz, IDSA - Andy Diaz Hope, IDSA
Contact: Mark T. Steiner, IDSA,
Steiner Design Assoc.,
Credit: Steiner Design Assoc.
Client: United Media
Blowing away the standard corporate cubicle design, the Dilbert Ultimate Cubicle concept addresses the 'cubicle culture' of disaffected workers with a combination of modularity and opportunities for customization. Concept features include: wall modules for whiteboards, corkboards, tray shelves and drawers; a top row of lights that simulate the sun traveling around the cubicle throughout the day and a drop-down seat for visitors.
"Having spent time in a top of the line cubicle, one's appreciation of sound absorbing panels and easy access wire management systems quickly wanes. Dilbert's Ultimate Cubicle creates a structure to support and celebrate peoples' need for individuality, creative expression, environmental control and, most importantly, introduces randomness and motion into routine." - Andy Diaz Hope, IDSA
Contact: Scott Underwood,
Credit: IDEO and United Media
The AMMP is an energetic research tool that is exceptionally ergonomic in its approach and results. The tool allows designers to visualize and measure the dynamic dimensions of people with disabilities, in particular human motion. The project used a commercial, off-the-shelf 3D software package to develop the tool.
"There were quite a few entries in the research category, but the Anthropometric Measurement and Modeling Project stood out dramatically for its originality and its rigor. It is a very impressive piece of work and I hope that it becomes commercialized." - Stephen B. Wilcox, Ph.D., FIDSA
Contact: John J. Miller, IDSA,
Credit: School of Architecture and T.K. Martin Center at Mississippi State University
The Survival Pod includes a water purification unit, storage, shelter, transportation for supplies or injured persons, first aid and food. It's bright orange, watertight and acts as a lifeboat in extreme situations. The Pod was designed to aid flood victims in Mozambique, but can be used in similar situations. The materials are easy made or readily imported, so that assembling the Pod is easy. The Survival Pod is purchased and distributed by government or international organizations.
"The Survival Pod has a lot of innovation designed into one compact kit. It is what you hope the rescuers have on hand for any disaster that involves medical transport, shelter, and water purification." -Lorraine Justice, Ph.D., FIDSA, Director, Industrial Design, Georgia Institute of Technology.
Contact: Attila Bendeguz, Euforia Design,
Credit: Euforia Design
When Waterloo Industries wanted to reinvent power tool storage for the Do-It-Yourself craftsman, the company hired a five-person, multidisciplinary team that conducted 32 in-home interviews in three states. The result of the research-Tooldock-is a modular, mobile, multi-functional system of workstations that increase enjoyment and productivity. Tabletop tools can be stored in cabinets and replaced with others on stands.
- The immediate feedback allowed designers to get to new ideas into the designs faster.
Contact: Ed Milano,
On the Web: www.dcontinuum.com
Credit: Design Continuum and Waterloo Industries
Client: ART Advanced Research Technologies Inc, Canada
Designed to address a critical and unmet need in breast tissue analysis, this unit provides functional information about tumors using an attractive table-like solution, easing the procedure for patients. The functional system is an aquarium-type device that stabilizes the breast in a milk-colored liquid in order to do the scan and the tabletop is integrated in a visually soft product.
- A laser sends pulses through the patient's breast in a programmed pattern.
- The data is channeled to a computer for processing.
Contact: Mario Gagnon, IDSA,
Alto Design Inc, Canada
On the Web: www.alto-design.com
Credit: Alto Design Inc, Canada; Nevenka Prijik and Jacques Mayrand, Canada
- Challenged to come up with a relevant first aid clinic from a small and practical vehicle, designers created this tent, which deploys from the trunk and attaches to existing hardware on the MINI.
- The shelter can be used for a temporary emergency shelter, movable roadside soup kitchen or diagnostic center.
- The unit expands the car's use as a social tool.
Contact: Catherine O'Connor,
415.908.1492 x20, firstname.lastname@example.org
This modular door system enables any house or apartment dweller to order components and configure a unique door featuring a choice of materials and integrated functionality. Panels are made from a broad range of materials while the frame is made of aluminum.
- Panels include different handle designs, a mailbox cavity, a light with motion sensor, a metal screen or Venetian-style, a message center with recording device for guests to leave audio notes when the resident is away, pet door and coat hangers
Contact: Gerard Furbershaw, IDSA,
Credit: Lunar Design
The InVision is an electronic scanner capable of locating and seeing the exact position of wood studs, metal studs and pipes and live AC wires through drywall and other common wall materials. It can penetrate to a depth of three inches into the wall and will project a life-size representation and location of an object in the wall onto the LCD display, rather than using blinking LED lights, as do common stud finders.
- Comfortable shape encourages proper hand placement.
- Ability to differentiate between wood, metal and wire eliminates danger of electrocution caused by drilling through live wires.
Contact: Gary VanDeursen, IDSA,
The Stanley Works,
Credit: The Stanley Works
Client: Nike, Inc
Nike's strategy to develop high performance golf tees resulted in an array of 33 concept examples that solve various problems such as "The Genie," which features an upper portion that disintegrates upon impact, and "The Card," a flat piece that can be kept in your back pocket and easily folded into a cone shaped tee that sits on top of the ground.
- Because "The Card" sits on top of the ground, it can be used even when ground is hard or frozen.
- "The Mojo" tee has a liquid center brewed from turf from Scotland, sand from Pebble Beach, tears from the Nike Goddess and sweat from Tiger Woods.
Contact: Brian Matt, IDSA,
Credit: Altitude, Inc, Nike, Inc and Scott Models, Inc