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The 1992 Idea Winners


Annual Design Awards

THE 1992 IDEA WINNERS

BUSINESS & INDUSTRIAL

PRODUCTS

GOLD Audit Trading Computer Texas Instruments, Dallas, for Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Merchantile Exchange, Chicago

CleanWorks Bally Design, Pittsburgh, and Brandenburg Design & Engineering, Austin, Tex., for Scott/Sani-Fresh International, San Antonio

D Series Angle Wrenches Group Four Design, Avon, Conn., for Ingersoll-Rand Power Tool Div., Liberty Corner, N.J.

PowerBook Apple Computer, Cupertino, Calif., In Design, Aptos, Calif., and Lunar Design, Palo Alto, Calif., for Apple Computer

SILVER

3125 NotePad NCR, Augsburg, Germany, and Phoenix Product Design staff, Stuttgart, for NCR, Dayton, Ohio

Digital Color Copier Xerox, Rochester, N.Y.

Metraloop Metraflex, Chicago

Momenta Pentop Computer Braund Creative Design, San Francisco, for Momenta, Mountain View, Calif.

ON.IX Designwerks!, Alamo, Calif., for Innovative Technologies, Houston

Scale/Printer Fitch RichardsonSmith, Worthington, Ohio, for Toledo Scale, Worthington

Series 300 IC Wood Sanding Machine Debrey Design, Minnetonka, Minn., and Timesavers, Minneapolis, for Timesavers

Spectrum NDT Transducer System Designhaus, Seattle, for Staveley Sensors, East Hartford, Conn.

BRONZE

250T Therm-A-Bind System Herbst LaZar Bell, Chicago, and General Binding, Northbrook, Ill., for General Binding

ACL DST-800 Boeder Design, Livermore, Calif., and Ampex, Redwood City, Calif., for Ampex

Business Class Headphones BPV/SDA, Hooddorp, the Netherlands, for KLM Catering Services, the Netherlands

CM-5 Massively Parallel Supercomputer Thinking Machines, Cambridge, Mass., Maya Lin, New York, N.Y., and Marc Harrison Associates, Portsmouth, R.I., for Thinking Machines

PalmPad IDEO Product Development, Palo Alto, Calif., and GRiD Systems, Fremont, Calif., for GRiD Systems

Pathfinder Cable Locator Kemnitzer Design, Overland Park, Kan., and Rycom Instruments, Raytown, Mo., for Rycom Instruments

PgqetPad Taylor & Chu, San Francisco, Poqet Computer, Santa Clara, Calif., and Fujitsu Ltd., Tokyo, for Poqet Computer

Saf-T-Loc Braking System Metaphase Design Group, St. Louis, and Savvy Engineering, St. Charles, Mo., for Saf-T-Loc, St. Louis

Signature Capture Terminal Design Central, Columbus, Ohio, and NCR, Dayton, for NCR

Trackman 2 frogdesign, Menlo Park, Calif., for Logitech, Fremont, Calif.

CONSUMER PRODUCTS

GOLD

AirFlex Glove Design Continuum, Boston, for Spalding Sports Worldwide, Chicopee, Mass.

BeeperKid A+H International, Honolulu, and Kennedy Design, Mill Valley, Calif., for

A+H International

Good Grips Kitchen Utensils Smart Design, New York, N.Y., for OXO International, New York, N.Y.

E-Z Router Ryobi Motor Products, Pickens, S.C., and Industrial Design Associates, Atlanta, for Sears Roebuck, Chicago

Rear Projection TV Thomson Consumer Electronics, Indianapolis

SILVER

1-2-3 Bike Preschool R&D, Hasbro Playskool Div., Pawtucket, R.I.

Dive-Alert Ideations, design inc., Seattle

Key Chain Security Remote Transmitter Group Four Design, Avon, Conn., for Audiovox Corp., New York, N.Y.

kidz mouse frogdesign, Menlo Park, Calif., for Logitech, Fremont, Calif.

Metroblade Design Continuum, Boston, and Jen Jen International, Dunstable, Mass., for Rollerblade, Minnetonka, Minn.

Portions Wayne Husted Industrial Design, San Francisco, for TCB Inc. Concepts Plus Div., Minneapolis

Romer frogdesign one frogdesign, Menlo Park, Calif., for Romer GmbH, Neu-Ulm, Germany

Seatcase Compact Wheelchair Jarke-Thorsen Products, Austin, Tex., Beach Mold & Tool, New Albany, N. North Smithfield, R.I.

Speedo SwimMitt XT Aquatic Cross Training Gloves Sports-Mitt International, Berkeley, Calif., for Speedo, Van Nuys, Calif.

Squeje Aqua Tooth Polisher Interform, Menlo Park, Calif., and Squeje, Menlo Park, for Squeje

T-245 Metropolitan Toaster Black & Decker, Shelton, Conn., and Smart Design, New York, N.Y., for Black & Decker

BRONZE

Binoculars frogdesign, Menlo Park, Calif., for Carl Zeiss, Aalen, Germany

CatsEye Candle Holder Handler, New York, N.Y., for Design Ideas, Springfield, Ill.

Infinity Radio Control Designworks/USA, Newbury Park, Calif., and Airtronics, Irvine, Calif., for Airtronics

Kool Mate 36 Igloo Products, Houston, and Data Electronic Devices, Salem, N. H., for Igloo Products

LePet Cafe O'Donnell Pet Products, Long Beach, Calif.

Multiple-scale Fretboard Novax Handcrafted Guitars, San Leandro, Calif.

SmartLevel Series 200 GVO, Palo Alto, Calif., and Wedge Innovations, San Jose, Calif., for Wedge Innovations

Terrace Siler/Siler Ventures, Lake Oswego, Ore.

Toothbrush Emilio Ambasz Design Group, New York, N.Y., for Sunstar, Osaka, Japan

DESIGN EXPLORATIONS

GOLD

Electric Vehicle Charging Concepts IDEO Product Development, Palo Alto, Calif., and Hughes Aircraft, Torrance, Calif., for Hughes Aircraft Div., General Motors, Detroit

Handkerchief TV Emilio Ambasz Design Group, New York, N.Y., for Brion Vega, Milan

Ultralite General Motors Design, Warren, Mich., for General Motors, Detroit

SILVER

Combination Locks: Hasp, Cable, and Gun Locks Martin Smith and Leonard Porche, Los Angeles

Fujitsu Attache Portable Computer Serbinski Machineart, Hoboken, N.J., and Master Model Makers, Queens, N.Y., for Fujitsu Ltd., Kawasaki, Japan

GunSafe Martin Smith and J.B. Kit DiCarlo

The Search for Design Excellence Metaphase Design Group Inc., St. Louis, NCR, Dayton, and Design Science, Philadelphia, for NCR

Io Positional Track Light Tim C. Repp in New Hartford, Conn., and Richard Barbera in Canton, Conn.

Mia Breast Pump Palo Alto Design Group, Palo Alto, Calif.

BRONZE

"Apple PowerBooks vs. PCs" Product Value Analysis GVO, Palo Alto, Calif., and Design Consortium, Worthington, Ohio, for Apple Computer, Cupertino, Calif.

Soft Notebook Computer Emilio Ambasz Design Group, New York, N.Y.

Telecommunication Console Bell Northern Research, Ottawa, for Northern Telecom, Vienna, Va.

ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGNS

GOLD

Lee Trade Show Exhibit Booths FitchRichardsonSmith, Worthington, Ohio, for Lee Co., Merriam, Kan.

SILVER

Recyclery Education Center West Office Design Associates, San Francisco, for Browning-Ferris Industries, San Jose, Calif.

FURNITURE

GOLD

Orchestra Desktop Lamp The Knoll Group, New York, N.Y.

Precedence Bath Kohler Co., Kohler, Wis.

PROTEX Work Envelope System Pelican Design, Spencer, N.Y., and Proformix, Whitehouse Station, N.J., for Proformix

Relay Furniture Hollington & Associates, London, and Herman Miller Inc., Zeeland, Mich., for Herman Miller

SILVER

Cachet Articulated Stamp Machen Montague, Charlotte, N.C., for U.S. Stamp, Oxnard, Calif.

Crime Shield Window Barriers Product Solutions, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and Exeter Architectural Products, Wyoming, Pa., for Exeter Architectural Products

Jardin 'Collection Fleury' Garden Furniture frogdesign, Menlo Park, Calif., for Jardin, the Netherlands

'vik-ter Stacking Chair Dakota Jackson, New York, N.Y.

BRONZE

Imagine Precision Manufacturing, Montreal

Mirage Chaise Lounge Brown Jordan, El Monte, Calif.

ROLLiter Inventure Development, Gardena, Calif., Scott Voorhees and Tim Parsey for Inventure Development

MEDICAL & SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTS

GOLD

Clinitron Elexis Air Fluidized Therapy Huck and Studer Design, Gladstone, N.J., and Support Systems International, Charleston, S.C., for Support Systems International

Demon Dispenser Bresslergroup, Philadelphia, and ICI Americas, Wilmington, Del., for ICI Americas

SILVER

30 Series Clampmeters John Fluke Mfg., Everett, Wash.

Direct Manual Braille Slate Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Oak Ridge, Tenn., for Matrix Tool & Mold, Oak Ridge

Flexible Endoscope Group Four Design, Avon, Conn., for Schott/Surgitek, Racine, Wis.

Kangaroo Pet Ambulatory Feeding System Sherwood Medical Co., St. Louis

Portable Privacy Station Designology, Scottsdale, Ariz., for United Blood Services Systems, Phoenix

Ultima 2000 Argon Laser System Lunar Design, Palo Alto, Calif., and Coherent, Palo Alto, for Coherent

BRONZE

Systematica 1062 frogdesign, Menlo Park, Calif., for KaVo, Biberach, Germany

BioCAD Perfusion Chromatography Workstation Design Continuum, Boston, and PerSeptive BioSystems, Cambridge, Mass., for PerSeptive BioSystems

EMT-1 u r o designs, Albuquerque, for Crawford Knives, West Memphis, Ariz.

Split Second Central Venous Catheter Becton, Dickinson Vascular Access, Sandy, Utah

PACKAGING & GRAPHICS

GOLD

Fit Application SpectraLogic Inc., Atlanta, for Medtronic, Minneapolis

White-to-Green Packaging Apple Computer, Cupertino, Calif.

BRONZE

FroxSystem User Interface Frox Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif., and Axiom User Interface, for Frox

User Interface for System Manager IDEO Product Development, San Francisco, and Tandem Computers, Cupertino, Calif., for Tandem Computers

Visual Engineering Environment Hewlett-Packard, Loveland, Colo.

TRANSPORTATION

GOLD

Aquatred Tire Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Akron

Cadillac Seville STS General Motors Design, Warren, Mich., for Cadillac Motor Div., General Motors, Detroit

SILVER

777 Airplane Passenger Cabin Interior Teague 777 Design Group, Redmond, Wash., and Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, 777 Div., Seattle, for Boeing

Image RV Awning System Designhaus, Seattle, for Carter Shades, Seattle

Rage Jet Boat Boston Whaler, Edgewater, Fla., for Boston Whaler, Rockland, Mass.

BRONZE

Electric Moto Cross Badsey Design of California, Capistrano Beach, Calif.

Yontech 105 Nissan Design International, San Diego, for Yonca Teknik Yatirim, Istanbul

STUDENT DESIGNS

GOLD

Air Bass Paolo Lanna at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Calif.

New Move Wheelchair Douglas D. Clarkson at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Calif.

SILVER

BodyBoat Donna Cohn at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

Finishing Planer Brian C. Ewing at California State University at Long Beach

Ithaca Solid-Ink Color Printer Donald Carr at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., for NCR, Dayton

Lunar Rover Vehicle for NASA Jack D. Lollar, David Hobbs, Steve Zwonitzer, and Jim Catoe at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.

BRONZE

Portable Multimedia PC Robert J. Shapton at Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, for NCR, Dayton

Needle Carousel Randy Bernard at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.

Agromat Paul Best, Dave Butzko, and Greg Coyne at University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, Conn., for General Electric Plastics, Pittsfield, Mass.

Pure Air Ultrasonic Humidifier Glenn Klaus at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

Salt & Pepper Shakers Todd Zeilinger at Center for Creative Studies, Detroit

Jeep Michael Kent at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Calif., for Chrysler, Highland Park, Mich.

Jazzman CD Player Peter Yee at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Calif.

Nomadic Workstation Donald Carr and Scott Makela at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., for NCR, Dayton and NYNEX, New York, N.Y.


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