Press info: Application – UX Design Awards 2015

05.05.15

UX Design Awards 2015

Call for Submissions | Deadline: June 12

The UX Design Awards honor outstanding design and user orientation in products, digital solutions and services. The competition is Europe’s first to award user experience design addressing trade, consumers and industry alike. It is annually run by International Design Center Berlin (IDZ). All nominated product solutions will be showcased at IFA Berlin (Sept 4 – 9), the global trade show for consumer and home electronics.

The UX Design Awards honor holistic design that places an emphasis on people and the entire user experience. How can products or services provide a positive user experience? What are future users longing for? In a product world that is undergoing visible and increasing alignment in terms of overall choice, the user experience has become a decisive factor for market success.

Companies and agencies are invited to submit their user-oriented products and services to the competition until June 12, 2015. The registration is free of charge. All details at: ux-design-awards.com.

Product Areas

As products increasingly traverse classic product categories and become multifunctional hybrids, the awards evaluate products according to their particular context and usage: Which kind of user experiences are created? Do these products or services make life easier, do they facilitate new ways of communication or knowledge-sharing? Which role do they play in the life of users? Accordingly, products and services of various categories can be submitted to the competition: from electronic kitchen aids to mobility apps to interactive, medical tools. Yet, the solutions should excel in user experiences in one or several of the following areas:

Connectivity | Creating smart systems, connected things and services
Productivity | Adding structure or efficiency to daily activities
Communication | Connecting people and communities
Engagement | Activating, raising awareness, capturing attention
Improvement | Improving quality of life, health and human abilities
Sharing | Enhancing access, participation and knowledge sharing
Disruption | Redefining products or services
Privacy | Emphasizing data protection, advancing digital security

Jury

Six independent experts ensure the comprehensive evaluation of products and guarantee the high quality of the competition due to their different competence fields and backgrounds. The members of the UX Design Awards Jury 2015 are:

Prof. Birgit Weller, Professor at HTW Berlin, co-founder use: Identity and Design Network
Expert on Universal Design

Claude Toussaint, Managing Partner, designaffairs GmbH Munich
Expert on User Experience and Interface Design

Karsten Henze, Head of CI/CD and Creation, DB Mobility Logistics AG
Expert on Corporate Design

Prof. Dr. Manfred Thüring, Chair, Department of Psychology and Ergonomics, TU Berlin
Expert on Cognitive Science, Human-Technology-Interaction and Usability

Peter Wouda, Head of Exterior Design, Volkswagen Design Center Potsdam
Expert on Industrial Design

Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Glende, General Manager, YOUSE GmbH Berlin
Expert on Usability and User Orientation

More information on the jury:
ux-design-awards.com/en/jury

Dates

June 12, 2015
Deadline for submissions

September 4 to 9, 2015
IFA Special Exhibition and Award Ceremony

Early November 2015
Announcement of the Audience Award Winner

Organizer

The UX Design Awards are hosted by International Design Center Berlin (IDZ). The competition builds on the success of IDZ’s annual Usability Park exhibition and Usability Award, which have already served as a platform for recognising user-friendly and user-centered products since 2008.

As one of the pioneers of design institutions, IDZ has been active for over 45 years providing an international design platform and enterprise network. IDZ advises political and economic policy makers and implements projects at national and international level. Current core project areas include sustainability (Ecodesign), design as a business factor (Innovation by Design) and user-oriented Innovation strategies (User Experience, Universal Design).

More information on International Design Center:

www.idz.de