For the second consecutive year, Chicago based industrial design firm Montgomery Design International (MDI) has been awarded the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design's "GOOD DESIGN AWARD" for its groundbreaking work on two distinctive new products. In the competition's transportation category, MDI was selected for its design and styling work on the AGCO Challenger MT900 tractor. The MT900 is the world's largest and most powerful agricultural tractor. In the tool category, MDI was selected for its design of the unique J.W. Speaker 8450 Work Light which is available in both marine and industrial versions. The light uses high intensity discharge technology and can produce up to 100,000 candlepower from a 12V power source. Both products were recognized for stretching the envelope beyond what is considered standard product design.
Good Design is the world's oldest and most celebrated international awards program that bestows recognition upon designers and manufacturers for advancing new and innovative product ideas. For this year's competition, the Chicago Athenaeum received hundreds of entries from over 30 countries, adding to the international importance of this exclusive honor. The judges for the 2007 awards based their decisions on aesthetic criteria stated in the original 1950 Good Design program which measured innovation, appearance, quality, and utility. Other notable winners in this year's competition were the BMW Design Group for the new BMW M3 Coupe, the Boeing Company for its 787 Dreamliner aircraft, and Apple Design for the Apple iPhone.
Established in 1983, Montgomery Design International is a full service design consultancy. In addition to their work in North America, MDI has completed projects throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. MDI offers services in industrial design, graphic design, CAD development, CNC modeling and prototyping. The company is recognized as one of the top design firms in the world specializing in industrial and agricultural equipment, and for its diverse work in industries such as automotive, appliances, medical equipment, and communications.