Announcing the 2014 Interaction Awards Winners!

17 Feb 2014 - 7:19am
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Janna DeVylder
2006

We’re honored to announce this year’s top winners for the third-annual Interaction Awards!

The top winners were announced at the Interaction Awards Celebration and Interaction14 closing party on 8 February, 2014, sponsored by Microsoft.

“Our goal for partnering with IxDA was to spark an ongoing conversation with the larger design community to tell our story – but more importantly invite others to tell us their story,” said Jon Friedman, Partner Director of UX at Microsoft Design. “We believe that great products are a direct reflection of great culture. The Interaction Design Award winners are a shining example of how creative culture produces inspirational work.”

Addicted Products by Simone Rebaudengo from TU Delft / Haque Design Research in the Netherlands was awarded Best in Show, Avena+ Test Bed – Agricultural Printing and Altered Landscapes by Benedikt Groß from Royal College of Art in the United Kingdom was awarded Best in Concept and Best Student project, and SAP Scouting by SAP Labs in the United States was awarded People’s Choice.

Each category awarded a Best in Category award. Best in Connecting was awarded to Konnekt: a social game for isolated children in the hospital by Job Jansweijer from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Best in Empowering was awarded to Pivot by Michael Fretto, Kari Gaynor, Josh Nelson, Adriel Rollins, Melanie Wang, Tad Hirsch (advisor) from the University of Washington in the US. Best in Engaging was awarded to Addicted Products by Simone Rebaudengo from TU Delft/Haque Design Research in the Netherlands. Best in Expressing was awarded to Adobe Kuler iPhone App by Gabriel Campbell, David Ericksen at Adobe XD in the US. Best in Disrupting was awarded to Public Health England – Longer Lives by SapientNitro + Public Health England from the UK. Best in Optimizing was awarded to Swegon IQ-Navigator – A Handheld Control Unit by Veryday in Sweden. These winners were selected from over 350 submissions and a finalist pool of 27. Congratulations to all of the Finalists and Winners!

The Future Voice Award, selected by Interaction Award Jury Chair Dr. Genevieve Bell from Intel, was awarded to The World Building Media Lab at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The Future Voice Award is selected from outside the Interaction Awards submissions, recognizing work demonstrating the profound potential of Interaction Design and evidence of what Interaction Design could become.

“The 2014 Interaction Award recipients brilliantly demonstrate how the practice of Interaction Design is dedicated to the improvement of human lives,” said IxDA President Nick Gould. “These projects, and indeed all the submissions we received, are evidence of the exciting and inspiring ways in which designers can change the world for the better. In addition to recognizing the award winners’ achievement, we at the IxDA look forward to the continuing global conversation about what constitutes excellence in interaction design.”

This year’s jurors gathered at Fabrica to deliberate, and Fabrica graciously created a collection of video shorts profiling all of our top winners.

We want to thank everyone for participating this year, with special thanks to our major sponsor, Microsoft, and our jury weekend sponsor, Fabrica. We look forward to seeing what’s in store for 2015!

Janna DeVylder
Co-Chair, Interaction Awards

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