International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Honor the World’s Best Designs

The prestigious IDEA program received the most entries in its 41-year history.

Oct 7 2021 - 5:55pm

 

The 41st annual International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Ceremony, held virtually on September 21, 2021 and produced by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), revealed the placements of the IDEA Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Special Award winners in a record-breaking year for the program.  

 

IDEA received the most entries ever in 2021. Of these 2,078 entries from 25 countries, 234 designs were related to COVID-19. The 142 entries that received top awards in 2021 represent 13 countries: 61 Bronze, 50 Silver, and 31 Gold. 

IDEA's promotional partner in 2021 is the popular design blog LeManoosh. Read the LeManoosh article celebrating the IDEA 2021 winners here. This year IDEA also continued its partnership with The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, which annually enters the top IDEA-winning designs into its permanent collection.

 

See all the IDEA 2021 winners in the IDEA Gallery.

 


 

Preceding the International Design Conference (IDC) 2021, also produced by IDSA, the IDEA Ceremony celebrated the world’s best designs across 20 categories, including a new category added this year: Concepts & Speculative Design.  

The IDEA 2021 Best in Show winner is Xbox Adaptive Controller, also a Gold winner in the Consumer Technology category. The winner of both the Jury Chair’s Award and People’s Choice Award is Eargo Neo Hearing Aids and Charging Case. The Curator’s Choice Award winner is Level Touch - The Invisible Smart Lock, also a Gold winner in the Home category. 

The diverse and accomplished IDEA jury of 44 members—including design leaders at Adobe, Amazon, IDEO, Fjord, Garmin, HP, Logitech, and McKinsey Design—chose the IDEA 2021 winners based on five criteria that have remained unchanged since 1980: Design Innovation, Benefit to the User, Benefit to the Client, Benefit to Society, and Appropriate Aesthetics. IDEA’s high standard for design excellence and rigorous judging process set the benchmark for all design awards programs and remain central to IDEA's continued influence and prestige.

The IDEA 2021 Ceremony was co-hosted by Mary Beth Privitera, PhD, FIDSA, Principal at HS Design and the IDEA 2021 Jury Chair, and Jason Belaire, IDSA, Chair of IDSA’s Board of Directors. 

During the ceremony, Belaire introduced the IDEA 2022 Jury Chair: Tim Allen, VP of Design at Airbnb. Allen leads the global product design team at Airbnb, centered on design and inclusivity. Prior to Airbnb, Allen led Microsoft's Experiences & Devices design practice and Amazon's Product Design Studio as Executive Creative Director.  

Design credits, details, and images of all the winners can be found in the IDEA Gallery.

 


 

IDEA 2021 BEST IN SHOW AWARD

  • Xbox Adaptive Controller  

IDEA 2021 JURY CHAIR'S AWARD

  • Eargo Neo Hearing Aids and Charging Case 

IDEA 2021 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

  •  Eargo Neo Hearing Aids and Charging Case 

IDEA 2021 CURATOR'S CHOICE AWARD

  • Level Touch - The Invisible Smart Lock 

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AUTOMOTIVE & TRANSPORTATION 

Gold

  • Hyundai IONIQ 5 

Silver

  • ST-One
  • Uber Beacon 

Bronze

  • Alpha 85S Jump Starter
  • NEOLIX X3 

BRANDING

Gold

  • Century Brand Identity Program 

Silver

  • idus
  • The Korean Air X Hyundai Card Credit Card Design 

Bronze

  • MX BOOST 

CHILDREN’S PRODUCTS

Gold

  • CLOVA Lamp 

Silver

  • Ergobaby Aerloom FormaKnit Stretch Baby Carrier 

Bronze 

  • All Star Wood Cot Bed
  • Juno Bassinet - Pop-up bed for newborn babies 

COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL 

Gold

  • Apex Exosuit
  • BDR100-20
  • Level Bolt - The Invisible Smart Lock 

Silver

  • Blackmagic Fairlight Desktop Console
  • Mirion AccuRad Personal Radiation Detector
  • Safety Welder 

Bronze

  • Geko G100 – Automatic Wall Putty Grinding Robot
  • Verkada Access Control 

CONCEPTS & SPECULATIVE DESIGN 

Gold

  • CXN ONE
  • LOTUS – Next Generation Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 

Silver

  • Bizzy and Martian
  • Bot Public
  • Mobile Window
  • The Multi-Purpose Delivery Vehicle 

Bronze

  • M2 ICU - Mobile Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • Shield  

CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY 

Gold

  • Xbox Adaptive Controller
  • Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller  

Silver

  • Curve
  • Google Meet Hardware – Series One
  • PlayStation 5
  • QN900A, Neo QLED 8K
  • Xbox Series X
  • Xbox Wireless Controller 

Bronze

  • AlphaEgg SmartPen Q3
  • Belkin BOOST CHARGE PRO 3-in-1 Wireless Charger with MagSafe 15W
  • FUJIFILM X100V
  • inSight
  • Kandao Obsidian Pro
  • The Frame (2021 release)
  • The Premiere (LSP9T) 4K Smart Triple Laser Projector 

DESIGN STRATEGY 

Gold

  • MX FUEL Equipment Strategy 

Silver

  • Design Frame 

DIGITAL INTERACTION 

Gold

  • Haptic - Making the Visually Impaired Feel the UI 

Silver

  • MIUI Nature Sound System
  • SmartThings Cooking 

Bronze

  • Fitbit Stress Management Experience
  • Mobile Clinic Module Control UI/UX 

ENVIRONMENTS 

Gold

  • Blokable at Phoenix Rising 

Silver

  • 24 FRAMES OF LIGHTWELL 

Bronze

  • White Mountain Club House 

FURNITURE & LIGHTING 

Gold

  • JEROME 

Silver

  • Gantri x AMMUNITION Lighting Collections
  • RETWEED 

Bronze

  • Americana
  • D-cloud 

 

HOME

Gold 

  • 27ART10
  • Level Touch - The Invisible Smart Lock
  • Nebia by Moen Spa Shower
  • Pella Easy-Slide Operator
  • Sepura Home Composting Garbage Disposal Unit 

Silver 

  • Avoir Tankless Toilet
  • BESPOKE Air Purifier AX9500N
  • BESPOKE Stick VS6800
  • Water Pot & The Table 

Bronze 

  • 360 Air Purifier
  • All New Stylelec
  • BESPOKE 4-Door Flex Refrigerator
  • Electric Cooking Package
  • Eufy H30 Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
  • Flexispace Bathtub
  • Gallery Stand
  • Mijia K10 Wireless Vacuum Cleaner
  • Noble Series
  • Oransi Mod
  • QP5
  • Toshiba Air Purifier Series
  • WashTower with Center Control 

LIFESTYLE & ACCESSORIES 

Gold 

  • Aplat Origami Face Mask 

Silver

  • Zero Halliburton Pursuit Aluminum Luggage 

Bronze

  • Burch Barrel 

MEDICAL & HEALTH 

Gold 

  • Nella NuSpec Reusable Vaginal Speculum
  • WorldVent Ventilator 

Silver

  • Allergy Amulet
  • Healthdot
  • Rebel
  • Quip Refillable Floss Pick
  • Visby Medical COVID-19 Test 

Bronze

  • CMR Surgical - Versius Surgical Robotic System
  • Eargo Neo Hearing Aids and Charger Case
  • KoniKore
  • R-Zero Arc
  • Valence InVent Xtend
  • Vave Health Handheld Ultrasound 

OFFICE & ACCESSORIES 

Gold

  • Double Scissors 

Silver

  • Collective Conscious
  • Fitter 

Bronze

  • LAY
  • Pergola
  • Tempo 

OUTDOOR & GARDEN 

Gold

  • M12 Fuel Hatchet Pruning Saw 

Silver

  • Pellet Joe 

Bronze

  • Fi Smart Collar
  • RYOBI 18V EZ Reach Pole Attachment System 

PACKAGING
 

Gold

  • Xfinity Eco Capsule for Xfinity Streaming Box and Xfinity Gateway Products 

Silver

  • Fitbit Sustainable Packaging
  • Sonos Arc Packaging 

Bronze

  • Union & Scale Workplace Furnishings Packaging System 

SERVICE DESIGN

Silver

  • Service Meet Service: A Toolkit for Collaborative Action to End the Sex Trafficking of Youth 

Bronze

  • Radiology Operations Command Center 

SOCIAL IMPACT DESIGN

Gold

  • Badger Shield Open Source PPE 

Silver

  • Circular Plastics – Returning Waste to Use in Africa  

SPORTS, LEISURE & RECREATION

 
Gold

  • Awake RÄVIK S 

Silver

  • Powerbeats Pro
  • SPOT Gen4 Global Satellite GPS Messenger
  • Yakima Products CBX Solar Cargo Box 

Bronze

  • Bollé RYFTG
  • Fitbit Inspire 2 

STUDENT DESIGN 

Gold

  • Moove
  • Sentinel - Outbreak Bio-reconnaissance
  • Swell Surf Foot
  •  TômTex 

Silver

  • Elves - Shinola Camping Accessory Set
  • MYO - Mix Your Own Household Cleaners
  • OPlay—A Medical Product for Children with Asthma
  • Quilt - Remote Funeral Service for COVID-19
  • Warmth of Projection 
  • ZERO - Non touch contact lenses  

Bronze

  • Cortec - Solar Park Service Robot
  • Drift Lamp
  • Finger-tape - Braille Correction Device
  • Five Pieces of Wood
  • Forest Guard
  • GO-WALK
  • Modular Convenient Stove
  • Omnipotent
  • QAED
  • Scylla Underwater Platform
  • VIA – Handheld Printer & Scanner