Samsung Electronics Group Ltd. of Seoul, South Korea, and the Palo Alto, Calif., office of innovation and design firm IDEO won for the triple-hinge, Mobius-strip-style, liquid-crystal-display monitor.
The nontraditional design uses a nonspray ABS for the exterior with a double injection molding process for producing the front panel. The design takes recycling needs into consideration.
The monitor adjusts for the user's comfort and embeds the USB port in the stand to make it easier to connect digital devices such as a camera or external drive.
Samsung released a dual-hinge monitor in 2002. In going to a third hinge, the firm adopted a stand with an asymmetrical structure and a monitor with an interesting form.
Samsung introduced the monitor, marketed as SyncMaster 971p, in May 2006 with a retail price of $390. The firm said initial sales volume was 2½ times that of its premium monitor. Samsung's LCD business segment makes thin-film transistor LCDs for hand-held devices, monitors, notebook computers and televisions.
In addition to the Samsung recognition, the IDEO Palo Alto office shared two gold awards with Eclipse Aviation Corp. of Albuquerque, both for work relating to the Eclipse 500 very light jet. IDEO and Eclipse designed a logical, pilot-friendly instrument panel and, in a separate entry, developed research on cockpit, cabin and option packages. Aluminum is the VLJ's primary structural material, with carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers used for wing-to-body fairings, tail bullet, tail cap and other nonload-bearing structures.
In a related competition, the Eclipse 500 captured a 2007 IDSA Catalyst Award in recognition of market performance. Eclipse, a new company, said it has delivered 22 VLJs since Jan. 1 and has orders for 2,600 more aircraft. A VLJ lists for about $1.52 million.
Also, IDEO's Boston office shared a gold award with Calypso Medical Technologies Inc. of Seattle. IDEO and Calypso created the 4D Localization System for guiding radiation therapy with submillimeter accuracy.
Pressure-formed material and sheet metal form the cladding.
A thermoformed PVC sheet forms the clear, partially open front of a flatware package that won a gold award for product developer and strategist Kerr & Co. and Hahn Smith Design Inc., both of Toronto.
The winners aimed to minimize environmental impact of the packaging for Gourmet Settings Inc. of Richmond, Ontario, and managed to reduce the use of PVC in the clear covering by 50 percent.
The open front allows customers to touch and get a feel for the flatware without removing it from the package. The package also is designed to renew brand identity, according to Gourmet Settings.
The product is distributed through Issaquah, Wash.-based membership retailer Costco Wholesale Corp., which has warehouse outlets in the United States, Canada, England, Japan and Mexico.
Crown Equipment Corp.'s design center won for a new family of electric walk-behind lift trucks for transporting and stacking palletized goods up to heights of 14 feet.
While steel is the primary material, numerous parts are made of injection molded ABS, polyamide 6 glass-filled nylon, molded PU and a TPE overmold.
New Bremen, Ohio-based Crown introduced the stacker family for smaller warehouses and retailers in 2005 with a list price of $10,400-$14,000. The ST3000 and WF3000 models can stack goods weighing up to 2,000 pounds, and the SX3000 model can lift 3,000 pounds.
Natalie Schraufnagel, a student at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, won for her design of the adjustable Smart Opt soldering station.
The project addressed user-interface problems primarily for young women in overseas work environments using hand-held irons for soldering and de-soldering along with hot tweezers during manufacturing and assembly of computer parts.
Outfitted with ball and socket joints, the station is designed to hold the tools and to be adjusted as needed.
Injection molded materials in the proposed model would include PC for the housings and hinge moldings, chemical-resistant insulating cellulosic resin for the top one-half of the structure, and Santoprene for the interchangeable circular pad that would be pre-fit with the components being assembled.
The model's support assembly, which needs to be movable, would be created with a wood hemisphere lathed and vacuum formed with PET to create a mold filled with plaster.
John Caruso, MIAD associate professor of industrial design, oversaw the project. His students, including Schraufnagel, participated in a workshop providing hands-on machine experience in the electronics laboratory at Milwaukee's nonprofit Discovery World.
Schraufnagel of Campbellsport, Wis., has a summer internship with General Motors Corp.'s design center in Warren, Mich.
Carbon Design Group of Bothell, Wash., and Nanopoint Inc. of Honolulu won for a cellTray microscope slide with an integrated bioincubator.
The product was introduced in November, costs about $1,000 and includes a petri dish of injection molded PC. An active fluidics version of the cellTray is made with silica on glass, and a passive fluidics version uses borosilicate glass.
The cellTray and Petri dish are reusable, recyclable and can go through an autoclave.
Carbon Design previously was known as Lakeside Product Development.
Pentagram Design and recently formed Fuego North America LLC, both of San Francisco, won for the Fuego outdoor grilling system, which makes minor use of molded polymer components. The system is designed to reinvent grilling, in modern outdoor furniture.
Fuego introduced the system in January with retail pricing starting at $3,500.
Changduk Kim and Youngki Hong received a gold award for their student design of a flexible and functional universal toilet for use by disabled individuals and the general population. The students, who attend Daejin University in Pocheon, South Korea, expect to use pottery as the principal material.
An international team won for a construction machine concept for Deere & Co. of Moline, Ill.: Hunan Sunward Intelligent Machinery Co. Ltd. of Changsha, China; and Open University of the Netherlands' Educational Technology Expertise Centre in Heerlen, the Netherlands.
The concept calls for recyclable plastics for interior components in the Synergy 360T. The machine would be able to dig, load, handle pallets, sweep, blow snow, and grade or break concrete or rock. The proposal combines the functions of an excavator and loader on a rotating, tracked platform.
The design team included Diverto Technologies BV of Wemeldinge, the Netherlands; Protoscar SA of Rovio, Switzerland; Delft University of Technology of Delft, the Netherlands; and Hunan Sunward.
The concept was completed in December and, for marketing research, is getting trade show exposure during 2007 in Europe and 2008 in the United States before production investments are considered.
Simple, economical packaging for Aliph's Jawbone adaptive headset for mobile phones, won for San Francisco-based fuseproject.
The point-of-sale packaging offers a 360-degree view of the contents and consists of a sturdy, clear plastic cube and a cardboard sleeve that offsets the box with minimal graphics and serves as a closure for the box. A yoke suspends the Bluetooth-enabled headset and reduces the need for the usual cushioning in consumer electronics packaging.
The product from San Francisco-based Aliph was launched in December at $120 in Cingular retail outlets and immediately sold out, becoming Cingular's most successful accessory introduction. AT&T acquired Cingular in late 2006.
Designers aimed to create an easily opened package and avoid the use of traditional blister packs.
In addition to the Eclipse 500, other winners of 2007 design and business Catalyst Awards were Bank of America NA of Charlotte, N.C., for its ``keep the change'' program targeting baby boomer women with children; Master Lock Co. LLC of Oak Creek, Wis., for its titanium padlock; Organ Recovery Systems of Des Plaines, Ill., for its LifePort kidney transporter; and Pangea Organics of Boulder, Colo., for its line of body-care products.
IDSA and BusinessWeek sponsor the Catalyst Awards competition, which aims to show the industrial design community's value to business.
Organizers will recognize recipients of IDEA, Catalyst and People's Choice awards Oct. 20 during the Connecting'07 World Design Congress in San Francisco. The public will vote in the People's Choice category.