The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has today revealed the winners of its 2013 International Design Excellence Awards. The competition recognizes design excellence in products, sustainability, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts. Out of 687 finalists, 27 were honored with a Gold IDEA, while 45 received a Silver IDEA and 106 merited a Bronze IDEA.
"This year IDEA experienced a healthy increase in participation, most notably in digital design, computer equipment and student entries, and a more international group of participants," commented IDEO's Thomas Overthun, the IDEA 2013 jury chair.
"We saw design solving problems that years ago wouldn't have been intuitive roles for designers to play-making government interesting and engaging, or designing a political campaign. And, we noticed a trend towards design touching more aspects of the user experience, the best entries excelling with a consistent approach to hardware, interaction, digital and packaging design."
The top corporate winners were Samsung Electronics claiming 10 awards, 3M securing four and Coway, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Nokia and PearsonLloyd receiving three each.
Among design firms: IDEO claimed nine awards, fuseproject captured five awards and Ammunition, LUNAR and NewDealDesign earned three each. Umeå Institute of Design, in Sweden, topped this year's list of college wins with five awards.