The European Product Design Award (ePDA) is a competition open to design teams, studios, individual designers, and students around the world, highlighting international product and industrial designers who aim to improve our daily lives with their practical, well-thought-out creations. Submissions are open for both conceptual and already manufactured designs.
An Impressive Variety of Designs
The huge variety of categories for design excellence is impressive, but one of the categories of particular interest to Battery Technology readers is Transportation. For example, the 2020 winner in the Other Transportation category was a Sherpa Mini-Loader, designed for heavy indoor construction jobs. Created by Stan Maes Product Design from Belgium The Sherpa Z10 has an all-electrical battery-powered drive train, that makes loud noises and bad air quality at indoor construction sites a thing of the past. The Z10’s width is only 76 cm makes it possible to enter almost any building and in unsafe environments workers can control it remotely. Particular attention was paid to the ergonomics of the dashboard which has been are optimized to reduce fatigue while providing accurate control over the machine.
In 2020 The Winner Was…
In 2020, the coveted Product Designer of the Year award went to the design team at Foster + Partners of the United Kingdom. Working for their client LG, the team created a flexible television screen, which can be automatically rolled in and out of a discreet minimalist rectangular enclosure when needed. The enclosure is crafted from aluminum and contains the rolling mechanism as well as an integrated speaker that is fronted by matching tonal fabric. The 0.2-millimeter-thick screen rises from the top of this box, supported by a spring steel backing.
Details of other winning entries from prior years can be found here.
ePDA welcomes both up-and-coming designers and renowned design companies to submit their new, innovative, and ground-breaking products online to compete for the title of Product Designer of the Year.
Entrants should submit their best designs, concepts, and prototypes, which are evaluated by a panel comprised of international experts, journalists, and designers. The selection process focuses on functionality, innovation, environmental awareness, and other criteria.
Victorious designs will receive a coveted prize and a seal of quality to use for publicity and marketing purposes as proof of their achievement in the creative field. Additional benefits are online promotion through ePDA communications channels, exclusive press releases, and more. The European Product Design Award is open for submissions until June 30th, via productdesignaward.eu.
Kevin Clemens is a Senior Editor with Battery Technology.