28th Annual Excellence in Design Awards: And The Winners Are…
The results of applianceDESIGN’s 28th Annual Excellence in Design Awards.
The voting is done and the winners have been selected for the 2015 Excellence in Design Awards. Winning designs were selected by an independent panel of design experts on the basis of creativity, ease of use and visual appeal. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards have been given across eight product categories. In addition to the following profiles of the winning products, a permanent section of the appliance DESIGN website is dedicated to the competition at appliancedesign.com/eid. Congratulations to all the winners!
MEET THE JUDGES
Tucker Viemeister, FIDSA, President of Viemeister Industries, New York
Tucker Viemeister builds design groups. He was a founder of Smart Design (famous for Oxo GoodGrips), opened Frog Design’s New York office, established Razorfish’s physical design capability group, and developed Springtime-USA. He recently served as lab chief at Rockwell Group, then built a small research and development team into a teeming interactive business and is now president of Viemeister Industries headquartered in NYC.
Clients include Apple, Coca-Cola, Cuisinart, Black & Decker, Remington, OXO, Viking, J&J, Timex, Levi’s, Phat Farm, Nestlé, Unilever, Motorola, Toshiba, Sharp, Seibu, Toyota, Nike, Knoll, Steelcase, Kate Spade, Cosmopolitan Casino, Yotel and the NYC Board of Education. His work is in MoMA and awards include the first Presidential Design Award. He taught at Pratt, Yale, Parsons and NYU. He is the Architectural League of New York’s vice president, Rowena Fund chair and an IDSA Fellow. He holds 32 US utility patents. Named after a car, he is a graduate of Pratt Institute. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
John C. Davis, VP of Marketing & Product Management, Unified Brands, Fort Worth, TX
John is the VP of marketing & product management for Unified Brands located in Conyers, GA. He joined Unified Brands, an Operating Company within Dover Corp, in 2014. Previously he held several positions during 15 years at Traulsen and Hobart of the ITW Food Equipment Group after beginning his career at Arneg US.
His experience includes roles in engineering, manufacturing, service & parts management, sales, business development, marketing, and business management. He earned his Masters of Business Administration at Wright State University and Dayton OH after completing a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University. In addition John has completed a Graduate Marketing Program at Tulane University.
Jerome Caruso, independent consultant and director of Jerome Caruso Design studio, Lake Forest, Il.
Jerome Caruso has a unique, virtual studio, with five decades of product design success for major companies. The efficiency and design continuity of his one-man studio has contributed to the brand strength of companies like Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Herman Miller. With his creative direction of product design strategy at Sub-Zero for 26 years, this company has become an American icon.
Jerome is the hands-on designer and employs the highest level of engineers, model makers, and researchers. The methodology of his studio is holistic, creative, and efficient because of the single-person contact with clients, concept creation, and product development.
Jerome practices and believes that the art of invention and innovation is key to long-term product success. His deep understanding of materials and manufacturing methods has made possible an efficient, proven development process. "A vision of what should be is my key to breakthroughs in aesthetics as well as functional products that represent progress." Contact him at email@example.com
Richard Watson, Partner, Essential, Boston, MA
As a founding partner at Essential, Richard Watson is a leading advisor to companies on product and service innovation and an authority in the field of design strategy. Richard drives innovation in organizations, helping them navigate complex design issues for rapidly changing environments. Watson believes that design strategy is about tangibility, delivering solutions an organization can understand, internalize and act upon. He strives to solve problems and envision solutions that enable organizations to get a clear vision about what’s next.
Richard is a firm believer in the power of collaborative thinking and engaging teams across disciplines, he speaks on design strategy, design vision and understanding consumer needs. He is an active and extremely accomplished designer of successful award winning products and services. He leads the design direction for a variety of industries and clients, including Dell, iRobot, Philips Healthcare, P&G, Johnson and Johnson, EMC and Puma.
Prior to founding Essential, Watson was vice president of design at Fitch, where he led the product development team. Prior to Fitch he was part of an international design team at GE Plastics that envisioned products to express the company’s strategic marketing initiatives.
Watson is an expert blogger for Fast Company's Co. Design blog and a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America, Design Management Institute, and Association of Professional Design Firms. He holds a Master of Arts in Industrial Design from Manchester Metropolitan University in England and a Bachelor of Arts in Silversmithing from Montford University in England.