Hannover IF Product Design Awards, los ganadores del Oro este año

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Ya son públicos los ganadores de las prestigiosas 50 medallas de oro de los IF Product Design Awards . Nosotros resaltamos los productos y dispositivos que más nos conciernen, electrónicos, digitales.

El palmarés 2011, tras el salto:

Entry: QPT-231 | Mini projector
Category: 03. audio / video
Company/Manufacturer: Qisda Corporation, Taipei/TAIWAN
Design: Qisda / QisDesign, Taipei/TAIWAN

“This is a really compact product, with an incredibly slim profile. This product won the jury over with its simple formal language and its air of solidity and strength. It’s an extremely intelligent solution to the problems posed by a product of this type.”

Entry: Individual Line | TV
Category: 03. audio / video
Company/Manufacturer: Loewe AG, Kronach/GERMANY
Design: Phoenix Design, Stuttgart/GERMANY

“This new line from Loewe is remarkably individual: it can be expanded any time the user wants, and impresses with its clear, unmistakable Loewe design of outstanding quality. Loewe’s decision to use Phoenix design has paid off over the years: congratulations to both of them!”

Entry: NEX-VG10 Handycam | Interchangeable lens HD Camcorder
Category: 03. audio / video
Company/Manufacturer: SONY Corporation, Tokyo/JAPAN
Design: Shin Miyashita, SONY Corporation, Tokyo/JAPAN

“This camcorder perfectly answers the demands of both professionals and amateurs alike. The design is seamlessly executed, and even though it’s a product with a complex control interface, the details have been thoughtfully implemented. A coherent, highly functional design with the highest esthetic standards – the perfect combination to win an iF gold award.”

Entry: BRAVIA NX800 Series | LCD HD TV
Category: 03. audio / video
Company/Manufacturer: SONY Corporation, Tokyo/JAPAN
Design: Yuki Kubota, SONY Corporation, Tokyo/JAPAN

“This product is really consistently designed. With this type of television set, the legs are often the problem: they’re just ugly. Here a convincing and con-sistent solution has been found.”

Entry: NEX-5 | Interchangeable lens digital camera
Category: 03. audio / video
Company/Manufacturer: SONY Corporation, Tokyo/JAPAN
Design: Noriagi Takagi, SONY Corporation, Tokyo/JAPAN

“This extremely compact digital camera simply oozes quality. Its body shows many innovations in comparison with others on the market, with many interesting new features. The fluted-plastic handgrip, for example, and the slip-resistant rubber pad for your thumb on the back.”

Entry: GXR | Interchangeable camera system
Category: 03. audio / video
Company/Manufacturer: Ricoh Company Ltd, Tokyo/JAPAN
Design: Akira Momose, Masahiro Kurita, Tatsuo Okuda, Mayu Takano, Corporate Design Center, Ricoh Company Ltd, Yokohama-shi, Kanaga-wa/JAPAN

“For the first time we have a product that professionally answers the problems posed by technological progress and obsolescence. The GXR inter-changeable camera system has an accomplished level of finish, and, from a tactile perspective, is a joy. As soon as you pick it up, you notice that the designers have really thought about the process of photography, and not simply gone for styling. A fantastic iF award.”

Entry: VPL-FX500L/VPL0FX30 | Data projector
Category: 03. audio / video
Company/Manufacturer: SONY Corporation, Tokyo/JAPAN
Design: Shigenori Yoshida, Arinobu Ueda, SONY Creativeworks Corpo-ration, SONY Corporation, Tokyo/JAPAN

“This data projector discreetly fits in to any surrounding, blending in with the space: a brilliant triumph of high-end technology. The product is immediately recognizable as an independent Sony product, underlining the company’s design language. With its smooth, connection-free back it does away with the unsightly muddle of rows of connectors. All technical design should be this restrained!”

Entry: UE55C9000 | 3D LED TV
Category: 03. audio / video
Company/Manufacturer: SAMSUNG Electronics, Seoul/SOUTH KO-REA
Design: Kyoung-hoon Kim / Yun-je Kang, SAMSUNG Electronics, Seoul/SOUTH KOREA

“A combination of minimal design, a very flat screen and outstanding technical quality make this 3D LED television a deserving winner of an iF gold award! We were stunned by the minimal use of materials, energy efficiency and multimedia capabilities. A deserving gold award winner!”

Entry: iPod Touch | Digital music player
Category: 03. audio / video
Company/Manufacturer: Apple, Inc., Cupertino, CA/USA
Design: Industrial Design Team, Apple, Inc., Cupertino, CA/USA

“Well, you could be mean and say it’s boring, awarding yet another iF gold award to an Apple product, but you couldn’t be further from the truth. When it’s so clear that the design of a product has set the benchmark for the market and still maintains, even perfects, its design of the highest, most refined quality, it really can be said to represent the ‘state of the art’. You simply have to acknowledge the subtle joy that playing with this device brings to every user, let alone the stunning implementation of everything that makes this product what it is!”

Entry: iPod nano | Digital music player
Category: 03. audio / video
Company/Manufacturer: Apple, Inc., Cupertino, CA/USA
Design: Industrial Design Team, Apple, Inc., Cupertino, CA/USA

“The iPod – the product of the 21st century. The unmistakable Apple design has here been thought out to the last detail. The integration of the touch-screen technology into a music player is a thorough success and a logical extension of Apple’s overall product strategy. There’s almost nothing that can compete with this iF gold award winner!”

Entry: emporiaELEGANCE | Mobile phone
Category: 04. telecommunications
Company/Manufacturer: emporia Telecom, Linz/AUSTRIA
Design: Mango Design, Braunschweig/GERMANY

“‘Universal Design’ is still an overriding theme, one that emporiaELEGANCE have dedicated themselves to. The large buttons, the large, high-contrast display and the hearing aid compatible loudspeaker permit those with physical limitations to easily use this device on a day-to-day basis. The design and finish are also impressive.”

Entry: PICO phone (S100) | Mobile phone
Category: 04. telecommunications
Company/Manufacturer: LG Electronics, Seoul/SOUTH KOREA
Design: Kang Heui Cha, Kim Hing Sik, LG Electronics, Seoul/SOUTH KOREA

“A tiny cell phone that pays special attention to the interface between display, keyboard and speaker. Although another company is setting the standards in this sector, this product has managed to develop an identity all its own. Its almost sculptural appearance is particularly successful.”

Entry: iPhone 4 | Mobile phone
Category: 04. telecommunications
Company/Manufacturer: Apple, Inc., Cupertino, CA/USA
Design: Industrial Design Team, Apple, Inc., Cupertino, CA/USA

“That the iPhone represents a benchmark in mobile telecoms is beyond question. The fact that we’ve recognized this evolution of the product line is down to the precise implementation of design and technology that Apple has so consistently maintained. With its tactile and material qualities, the iPhone 4 wins over everyone who sees it, and its features are clearer and better implemented than ever before.”

Entry: Nobility Series N004 | USB flash drive
Category: 05. computers
Company/Manufacturer: A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd., Tai-pei/TAIWAN
Design: A-DATA Technology Co., Ltd., Taipei/TAIWAN

“Thanks to its choice of materials, this metal USB stick is highly recyclable and reduced to the essentials. It couldn’t be any more minimal, and the product stands out from everything else in this sector. Congratulations on a well-deserved iF gold award!”

Entry: USB-Clip | USB flash drive
Category: 05. computers
Company/Manufacturer: Freecom Technologies GmbH, Ber-lin/GERMANY
Design: Arman Emami, Sagross Design Office GmbH, Emamidesign, Berlin/GERMANY

“This USB stick is actually a clip, and cleverly plays with the invisibility of this medium. You can, for example, clip important information onto a business card and you can customize the stick with your own CI and branding. The product’s restrained design language increases the scope of its use: a beautiful, contemporary ‘must-have’ product.

Entry: QTD-402 | LED monitor
Category: 05. computers
Company/Manufacturer: Qisda Corporation, Taipei/TAIWAN
Design: Qisda / QisDeseign, Taipei/TAIWAN

“This product stands out thanks to its restrained, unprepossessing but at the same time innovative design that impresses with its simple, smart mounting. A product that is beautifully detailed and that really shows off the advantages of LED technology.”

Entry: MD2306X6 | LCD monitor
Category: 05. computers
Company/Manufacturer: SAMSUNG Electronics, Seoul/SOUTH KO-REA
Design: Sang-il Park / Young-jin Seo, SAMSUNG Electronics, Seoul/SOUTH KOREA

“The size of this LCD monitor is really impressive and reminiscent of a me-dieval altar: very ergonomic and multifunctional. Extremely narrow bezels allow the picture to stretch seamlessly over six individual monitors, producing a monitor that offers a comprehensive overview, either for gaming or for business.”

Entry: Magic Trackpad | Input device
Category: 05. computers
Company/Manufacturer: Apple, Inc., Cupertino, CA/USA
Design: Industrial Design Team, Apple, Inc., Cupertino, CA/USA

“The trackpad is a logical development of gesture-based input. The finish and material quality of this multi-touch device are simply perfect.”

Entry: Mac Mini | Computer
Category: 05. computers
Company/Manufacturer: Apple, Inc., Cupertino, CA/USA
Design: Industrial Design Team, Apple, Inc., Cupertino, CA/USA

“This Mac Mini is a wonderful development of the previous model: it just makes you want to reach out and touch it, with the lines of its machined housing and its air of quality, that arises from its perfect detailing. Even the underside is beautiful: something you don’t see often in product design.”

Entry: iPad | Mobile device
Category: 05. computers
Company/Manufacturer: Apple, Inc, Cupertino, CA, USA
Design: Industrial Design Team, Apple, Inc., Cupertino, CA/USA

“It stirs emotions, it invites you to play, work, read books and its design could hardly be any better. Every way you look at it, the iPad delights, from the multi-touch technology through to the exquisite finishing and esthetics. A product like this has to win an iF award.”


Entry: StyLiD | LED accent lighting system
Category: 07. lighting
Company/Manufacturer: Royal Philips Electronics, Eind-hoven/NETHERLANDS
Design: Stefano Marzano, Design Team, Philips Design, Eind-hoven/NETHERLANDS

“With this LED spotlight family, Philips has created the first true variable-LED solution that meets the challenges of both excellent light quality and energy efficiency. Sleek and beautifully finished, it has anti-glare characteristics with varying angle spreads. Beautiful and groundbreaking, especially suited for lighting in retail premises.”

Entry: Smiley Battery | Dry battery
Kategorie: 16. advanced studies
Company/Manufacturer: Yamamomo Design, Takasaki-City, Gunma-Prefecture/JAPAN
Design: Yamaguchi Katsuhiro & Ishii Momo, Yamamomo Design, Takasaki-City, Gunma-Prefecture/JAPAN

“Smiley Battery is a small battery whose positive terminal forms a half-sphere and a plus sign is the electrical contact. A convex half-sphere containing a minus sign is scooped out at the other end: it’s iconographically and semantically perfect. Thanks to these shapes, it’s impossible to put these batteries in with the wrong polarity, since they won’t make contact. This battery really is great! You have to ask why nobody thought of it sooner.”

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