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Winning IDEAs: Selected Product Designs 2008

January 22 through February 13, 2011

Winning IDEAs featured the winners of the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) for 2008. The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) presents these awards annually, with an international jury of professional designers and academics selecting the winners.

Each day, we live and work with products whose functionality, beauty, and availability are taken for granted.  Few of us realize that these products are conceived, designed, and put into production by industrial designers.  This exhibition of contemporary consumer products illuminates the design features that distinguish these items from similar but less effective designs.

In 2008, jurors noted a growing sense of social responsibility, the influence of globalization, and a respect for minimalism and elegance, especially in the communications and computer designs such as Apple’s IPhone and MacBook Air laptop. The exhibition features a selection of gold, silver, and bronze award-winning designs from the 2008 competition’s 17 categories:  Commercial and Industrial Products, Communications Tools, Computer Equipment, Design Strategy, Ecodesign, Entertainment, Environments, Home Living, Interactive Product Experiences, Leisure & Recreation, Medical and Scientific Products, Office and Productivity, Packaging and Graphics, Personal Accessories, Research, Student Designs, and Transportation.

Organized by the Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, North Carolina.




Photography of installation at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts