Press Information: Usability Award Winners 2014


Berlin, 08.09.2014
Announcing this year’s Usability Award Winners
Award giving: Tuesday 9 September 2014 at 11:30 am| IFA hall 9, stand 300

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This year’s Usability Award Winners have been determined. After hours of proceedings the Jury decided to award the hearing aid ReSound® LiNX™ and the ReSound Smart App™ by GN Hearing with the premium prize „Usability Award Gold“. The Jury was convinced by the unique combination of a hearing aid with a modern and intuitively operating app, in addition to convincing product and interface design. In addition, five „Usability Award Winner“ prizes were adjudicated.

The diversity of awarded products demonstrates the highly relevant role of user-centered design different product fields and applications. From connected hearing aids, intuitive travel apps, intelligent solar lamps, to modular tabletop computers, complex smart home systems or medical software – products that are developed according to user needs often offer a better deal.

The Usability Award Jury consists of acclaimed design, usability and user experience experts: Prof. Birgit Weller, Claude Toussaint, Karsten Henze, Peter Wouda and Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Glende. The competition is bestowed by International Design Center Berlin (IDZ), a non-profit institution dedicated to national and international promotion of design since 1968. IDZ realizes projects, acts as a network, and advises political and economic decision makers.

IDZ invites the public to vote for the “Usability Award: Public Choice”. Simply visit the Award website and cast a vote for your favorite product. Voting will be open until 31 October, the Public Choice Winner will be announced in early November 2014.

Gold and Winner Award Ceremony
Tuesday September 9, 2014 | 11:30 am | IFA hall 9, stand 300
We kindly invite you to the bestowal of Award certificates by Cornelia Horsch, director of International Design Center Berlin.
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Usability Award Gold

Hearing aid ReSound® LiNX™ and ReSound Smart App™
Producer: GN Hearing GmbH
Design: Anders Udahl, Mads Bielefeldt, Kristian Bang, Riem Zouzou

Usability Award Winner

Qixxit – Einfach. Unterwegs.
Producer: DB Vertrieb GmbH/ Website
Design: Cheil Germany GmbH, wirDesign communications AG

Producer: K8 industridesign
Design: Marius Andresen, Olivier Butstraen

Producer: Medx GmbH
Design: Plural – Kilian Krug, Prof. Severin Wucher

Surface Pro3
Producer: Microsoft Deutschland GmbH
Design: Ralf Groene

RWE SmartHome
Producer: RWE Effizienz GmbH
Design: Markus Hammer, Daniel Niehues/ designaffairs GmbH