On the road to success with design: new year, new resolutions
The new decade begins and with it, there come numerous ideas and good resolutions. Whether doing more sports, a better nutrition or a more attentive way of life – in the Red Dot Award: Product Design as well as in the Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design, several products and works received a prize in 2019 which help to turn the good intentions for the new year into action. They are all characterised by good design quality and make everyday life easier.
Cooking fresh and healthy food
The “Thermomix TM6” from Vorwerk provides inspiration for fresh and healthy food. Its well thought out user experience design, which was created by User Interface Design and intive, offers new cooking functions, a high-resolution touch screen and an optimised user interface. More than 50,000 recipes, being clustered by topic and the search function featuring numerous filters, help to make the nutrition plan varied and healthy. Users are guided step by step when cooking. For the sophisticated user experience design, the jury for the Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design awarded a Red Dot.
With motivation through everyday life
“The Happiness Diary” from Marcell Puskás is a calendar, which encourages its users to reflect daily. Having the same format as a smartphone, it fits in every bag and motivates with appealingly designed typography, graphics, unfinished sentences and pictograms. At the end of each month, users find motivational messages which help to keep a positive mindset. For this work, the jury of the competition for communication design and brands awarded the distinction “Red Dot”.
Shaping the body
Being more active and doing sports is one of the most mentioned resolutions for the new year. The Red Dot awarded “Strength Training System” from TONAL helps to meet this challenge. The device, which was designed by Whipsaw, can be used at home and offers users a holistic strength training. It works on the basis of an electromagnetic machine which is controlled by a smart software and machine learning and provides even, dynamically changing resistive force. The two arms of the thin, wall-mounted system pivot out from their vertical rails and can be moved in all directions to accommodate every workout ranging from standing lat pull downs to squats to lateral chest flys. The device serves as sporting equipment as well as an elegant interior piece. This combination especially convinced the jury for the Red Dot Award: Product Design.
Saving energy in everyday life
In order to save energy and costs in the new year and contribute to a sustainable lifestyle, the “Solar App” from KOSTAL Industrie Elektrik helps to manage the energy consumption of private homes. It visualizes complex photovoltaic and battery systems in a clear and user-friendly way. With its help, the users get a holistic overview of household consumption, which is analysed in relation to production data. This enables them to develop a better understanding of energy consumption and sustainability. The app, which won a Red Dot in the Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design, was designed by GENERATIONDESIGN.In order to save energy and costs in the new year and contribute to a sustainable lifestyle, the “Solar App” from KOSTAL Industrie Elektrik helps to manage the energy consumption of private homes. It visualizes complex photovoltaic and battery systems in a clear and user-friendly way. With its help, the users get a holistic overview of household consumption, which is analysed in relation to production data. This enables them to develop a better understanding of energy consumption and sustainability. The app, which won a Red Dot in the Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design, was designed by GENERATIONDESIGN.
Wide awake and powerful
Starting the morning well rested is an important basis for a successful and productive day. To better understand the processes involved in this and to optimise the own sleep, the Red Dot winning “SleepMapper” from Philips offers help. The app that accompanies the SmartSleep headband and the Somneo wake-up light devices tracks the sleep habits of the user. To improve the deep sleep phase, individual sounds can be set to enhance the wearer’s brain wave activity. In addition to these functions, the app offers further tips and tricks for a healthy and restful sleep. It was awarded in the competition for brands and communication design.
Back to the roots
Those who want to spend more time in nature in the new year will get this opportunity through the “Cabiner” hiking cabin from Wikkelhouse, designed by Sander Ejlenberg and Vincent Beekman. They allow users to spend the night in the middle of Dutch national parks and are only accessible by foot. They are mainly made of cardboard, which guarantees robustness and optimal insulation properties. Their interior offers visitors a comfortable stay with clean drinking water, a hot shower and an odour-free flush toilet. For efficient energy consumption, the system has a solar cell and a manually operated water pump. The ground water is filtered. Heating is provided by a wood-burning stove, an innovative heat exchanger heats the water and at the same time prevents the temperature from being exceeded. For their sophisticated design, the cabins received the highest distinction in the product design competition, the Red Dot: Best of the Best.
The most renowned design competition worldwide
The presented products and works show how diverse the competition entries of the Red Dot Award are. Designers and manufacturers still have until and including 14 February 2020 to enter their objects in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020. The registration phase for the Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design begins on 24 February 2020.