Record number of Red Dot Awards 2012
Published: 2 Apr 2012
This year Ergonomidesign has been credited with eight red dot product design awards, including two Best of the Best awards 2012. It is a record for the Swedish design company, a real achievement and confirmation of Ergonomidesign’s position internationally as a producer of high quality design.
We are fortunate to collaborate with clients that, like us, want to make a difference through meaningful and innovative design. The number of awards reflects the high quality we aim to achieve in all our projects.
David Crafoord, Director of Product Design at Ergonomidesign.
Red dot is the largest design competition in the world and has established itself internationally as one of the most appreciated quality seals for outstanding designs.
Ergonomidesign has been credited with red dot product design awards for the design of Jalas Zenit safety shoes by Ejendals, the Flexi Tool Bag/Backpack by Snickers Workwear, the welding helmet Speedglas 9100 FX by 3M, the Ergon SM3 bike saddle by RTI Sports, the Accu-Chek® Insight insulin pump by Roche, the High Chair for children by BabyBjörn; and with the red dot: Best of the Best for the wrecking bar 209 by Hultafors and EzyStove, the environmentally friendly cooking stove distributed to the poorest households in the developing world. The mark Best of the Best is the highest award of the red dot design competition.
The Best of the Best-winning Hultafors wrecking bar 209 is the first wrecking bar with a proper grip! It is a mark of user-centered ergonomics, safety and functionality, with a stylish and contemporary look that sets it apart from other bars.
EzyStove®, also awarded Best of the Best in its category, reduces greenhouse gases, tackles alarming deforestation and makes cooking faster and safer. It is affordable to even the poorest households in the developing world; and the simple construction enables local workshops to assemble it using basic tools. EzyStove has also been awarded an iF Gold award in 2012.
Jalas Zenit is a professional looking and very comfortable safety shoe made of high quality materials for professional craftsmen who often work in high-risk environments. The shoes’ design reflects the users need to wear shoes that make them feel well dressed, both on and off the working site.
Snickers Workwear Flexi Tool Bag/Backpack is a “state-of-the-art” bag using innovative materials and shapes to create an ergonomic tool bag with attitude. The deisgn team has managed to make mobility, ergonomics and easy access to the tools core features.
3M’s Speedglas 9100 FX is a welding helmet for top protection during welding as well as grinding tasks. When the welding visor is flipped up, the grinding visor gives the user a free view and still provides facial protection from grinding splatter and sparks.
The Ergon SM3 bike saddle has been developed for and in collaboration with mountain bike racers with high demands on ergonomics, fit and performance. It is designed to fit a variety of users looking for great comfort and efficient cycling, for short and long riding distances.
The Accu-Chek® Insight insulin pump is small, comfortable and easy to use. With an intuitive user interface, a built in system for excess tube handling and versatile carry cases the designers have developed an improved and user-centered solution for people with diabetes.
The BabyBjörn high chair is designed to make 6 months to 3 year old children sit safely and comfortably without the need of a harness. The curved, adjustable fold-out table makes it easy for parents to place the child in the seat and holds the child securely in place. The foldable design, appreciated by parents, is also a result of the long and thorough design process.
The red dot design award, whose origins reach back to the 1950s, is carried out in three disciplines: the “red dot award: product design”, the “red dot award: communication design” and the “red dot award: design concept”. In 2011 alone, more than 14,000 entries from over 70 countries were registered to compete for the coveted red dot. Creative heads and manufacturers from all over the world had submitted 4,515 designs altogether to the red dot product design award. Only 64 entries were honoured with the Best of the Best for highest quality.
Professor Dr. Peter Zec, initiator and CEO of the red dot design award, pointed to the high quality level of the competition: “The most distinguished products of the respective branch of industry faced up not only to the tough competition this year again, but also to the critical eye of the jury … With their performances, the laureates did not only demonstrate an extraordinary design quality but they also showed that design is an integral part of innovative product solutions.”
All red dot product design awards winners will be presented in the red dot online exhibition from 3 July 2012.