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2008 IDEA Design Awards

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The New Direction of Design

BusinessWeek Innovation chief Bruce Nussbaum talks to Frank Tyneski, IDSA's Ducati-driving executive director about new directions for design and innovation

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IDEA 2008: Judging the Winners

The chair of the panel that judged this year's IDEA talks about which products generated the most debate, how judges mediate disagreements, and what makes a winning design


Debate Room

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Bottled Water Is a Big Drain

Most communities in the U.S. have safe tap water. Bottled H2O is a waste of money and resources. Pro or con?


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Special Report

The Best Global Design of 2008

Europeans, Asians, and Latin Americans took more International Design Excellence Awards than ever. And students made a strong showing

Table: Design Winners for 2008…

Check out the top award winners at this year's International Design Excellence Awards

Brazil's Best Product Designs

The first location-specific program for the International Design Excellence Awards celebrated 53 examples of top Brazilian design

Narrated Slide Show: Nike's Vapor 300 Watch

Max Burton, creative director of the Nike Tech Lab, explains the design and development of the Nike 300 running watch

Narrated Slide Show: Inside Bloomberg's Flexible Display

Masamichi Udagawa of Antenna explains the design of the new Bloomberg terminal, set up specifically to be more adaptable

Video: Bringing Bicycles Back

David Webster of IDEO talks about how the innovation firm used product, retail, and strategy design to help parts supplier Shimano help bike manufacturers attract a new audience of riders

U-Box-It. They Collect and Recycle It

With this easy service, you put your trash in a portable, cardboard container that is then picked up and recycled—box and all

SylvanSport's Mobile Adventure Gear

The startup's new creation is the Go. But don't call it a camper or trailer. It's sort of a Swiss Army knife of vehicles

Design for Democracy Solves Election Problems

A book of guidelines on how graphics can clarify ballots and the voting process generally has won an IDEA award—and endorsement by the Election Assistance Commission

How BRP Hatched Its Spyder Trike

The Spyder offers all the zoom of a motorbike, but its eye-catching three-wheel design makes it easier to master

IDEA Design Trend: Elegance and Simplicity

Many of this year's top designs render complex objects more usable—or make humble things more intelligent

IDEA Design Trend: Social Responsibility

A strong sense of social responsibility ran through many of the winning entries

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Institutional Innovations

A Silicon Valley nonprofit fostered the development of a radical open-source platform for top-level health research


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The Misadventures of One Laptop Per Child

The Misadventures of One Laptop Per Child

The big idea of giving PCs to poor children has been challenged by educators and business. Here, follow the misadventures of One Laptop per Child

Emerson Electric's Innovation Metrics

The Cutting Edge of Health Care

Herman Miller's Clinical Trials

An Index of Innovation

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