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2013 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA)

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has recently opened its International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2013 competition to designers, students and companies worldwide.

For 33 years, IDEA has recognized design excellence in products, sustainability, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts. For the fourth year, The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich., will house the winners in its permanent collection.

Started in 1980, the IDEA program fosters business and public understanding about the impact of industrial design excellence on the quality of life and the economy.

2013 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Accepting Entries

A jury of independent design experts will use the following criteria in selecting winning designs:

  • Innovation: design, experience, manufacturing
  • Benefit to the user: performance, comfort, safety, ease of use, usability, user interface, ergonomics, universal function and access, quality of life, affordability
  • Responsibility: benefit to society, environment, culture and economy
  • Benefit to the client: profitability, increased sales, brand reputation, employee morale
  • Visual appeal and appropriate aesthetics
  • Design research category insights: usability, emotional factors, unmet needs, testing rigor and reliability
  • Design strategy category: internal factors and methods, strategic value and implementation

IDEA accepts entries in the following categories:

  • Bathroom, spa and wellness
  • Commercial and industrial
  • Communication tools
  • Computer equipment
  • Design strategy
  • Digital design
  • Entertainment
  • Environments
  • Garden and outdoor
  • Kitchen
  • Leisure and recreation
  • Living room and bedroom
  • Medical and scientific
  • Office and productivity
  • Packaging and graphics
  • Personal accessories
  • Research
  • Service design
  • Social impact design
  • Student designs
  • Transportation

For complete contest information, please visit the official website.

Entry Fee

  • IDSA Member – $300 per entry
  • Nonmember – $400 per entry
  • Student with ID – $125 per entry
  • Late fee – $150 per entry