SOURCE: Continuum


December 15, 2010 09:30 ET

Continuum Honored With Three IDSA Design of the Decade Awards and Four Spark 2010 Design & Architecture Awards

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2010) - Continuum, a global innovation and design consultancy, has received three Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Design of the Decade Awards and four Spark 2010 Design & Architecture Awards.

"We are honored to have been part of the creation of these extraordinary products that are making such a difference in people's lives," said Harry West, Continuum's CEO. "We always strive to deeply understand what people need and what will truly help them, and then bring these ideas to life in the most practical and engaging ways. The success of these products is a testament to the value of great design. We recognize that Continuum is just part of the team and we are privileged to work with such forward thinking clients."

In December Continuum received three of the 20 Design of the Decade awards presented by the IDSA:

The Design of the Decade Awards, which celebrate the importance of industrial design through innovation, excellence and business success from 2000 - 2009, were selected by a jury of top design executives from design consultancies, design companies and corporations. Twelve gold, six silver and two bronze Design of the Decade Awards were presented in 12 categories including benefit to society, benefit to business, innovation, benefit to user, responsibility, benefit to client and visual appeal.

Continuum also received four Spark Design and Architecture Awards. Continuum was recognized by Spark for its work on the Herman Miller Compass System (Gold Spark), the Leverage Freedom Chair (Gold Spark), the Preserve Toothbrush Mail Back Package (Silver Spark), and the Herman Miller Nala Patient Chair (Bronze Spark).

Nearly three hundred top designs were entered for Spark's international design competition, and only 59 designs earned an honor. Spark Design entries were judged by a panel of design leaders and evaluated on the following criteria: sustainability, elegance and beauty, functionality, integration, durability, implementation, safety and ergonomics, personal connection and aspiration. Spark winners are published in Korea's Creative World and Design Competitions, exhibited by invitation in multiple countries and archived in permanent galleries on the web.

About Continuum's Award Winning Programs

  • OmniPod Insulin Management System -- Continuum partnered with Insulet to develop the first wearable insulin pump that attaches directly to the user's body. This very small, self-contained device uses a hydro-gel to attach to the user's skin and communicates wirelessly with a discreet handheld control device. OmniPod automatically injects a metered dose of insulin, depending on the user's needs. OmniPod is the smallest and easiest-to-use insulin pump on the market today, and has given thousands of people a newfound sense of freedom.
  • Swiffer -- Continuum began working with Proctor & Gamble to develop a better way to clean floors. After extensive field research, the Swiffer idea was born to help consumers clean floors in a faster, easier, and cleaner way. The Swiffer system of durable hardware, disposable wipes and cleaning solutions was an instant success and ten years after its launch continues to maintain double-digit growth with annual sales of over $500 million.
  • One Laptop Per Child OLPC XO Laptop -- Nicholas Negroponte of the MIT Media Lab and Continuum collaborated to envision a very low cost computer for children in developing countries. This ground-breaking idea has been the first experience of using a computer for many children in these markets and has had a dramatic impact on their lives.
  • Herman Miller Compass System -- This modular system of interchangeable components for patient rooms, caregiver work areas, and other clinical spaces is designed to promote wellness and to adapt to changing needs in hospitals. Compass improves the experience of working in a hospital, visiting with a patient, and most importantly, healing. Compass provides a cleanable environment to reduce infection, strong visual appeal and also serves the commercial needs of hospitals and Herman Miller with the flexibility to adapt to different spaces.
  • Leverage Freedom Chair -- For disabled people in developing countries, traditional push-rim wheelchairs are not suitable because they do not work well over rough terrains. The Leverage Freedom Chair uses a clever mechanism to give additional force for going over uneven ground and opens up new possibilities for people in these regions.
  • Preserve Toothbrush Mail Back Package -- The Mail-Back Pack system for the Preserve Tooth Brush provides a convenient way for people to recycle their old toothbrush and receive a new one. It also prototypes a new system for more sustainable consumption generally. The Mail-Back Pack protects the toothbrush during shipping, presents it well at point of sale, incorporates a hang tag feature, and doubles as a return envelope. At the end of the toothbrush's life, the user puts it in the mail-back package, and sends it back to Preserve, so it can be born again.
  • Herman Miller Nala Patient Chair -- This breakthrough new chair is designed to facilitate the patient's transition from the bed to full mobility. It incorporates simple but novel features that make it easier for the patient to get into and stand up from, it is very practical and easier for the caregiver to clean, and it looks welcoming in the hospital room: a solution that works for patients, caregivers, and hospital administrators.

About Continuum
Continuum designs innovation, creating products, services and experiences that work for people and for the businesses that serve them. Based on in-depth consumer research, rigorous analysis of clients' business challenges, and inspired creativity, Continuum uncovers opportunities for innovation and makes them real. Since 1983, Continuum has worked with companies worldwide including AllSteel, American Express, Amplifon, BBVA, Procter and Gamble, PepsiCo, Samsung, Sprint and Staples. Continuum has offices in Boston, Los Angeles, Milan, Seoul and Shanghai.

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