The nominations were characterized by a wide diversity of products and services, ranging from LEGO shoes, interactive clothing, graphic and interaction design and PAL-V, the flying car! It was an almost impossible task for the jury to compare all the apples with the pears and select a winner from these high quality entries.
Fascinating jury debate
During the ceremony, the jury’s deliberations formed a fascinating part of the programme. It was interesting to hear how the jury members perceive the role of design in our daily lives and how they viewed and assessed the nominations. In particular, the social impact that design has on society was one fo the important criteria of the jury, that comprised of Caroline Baumann (director of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum), Edwin Heathcote (architect and design journalist) and Virginia Tassinari (Assistant Professor Space at the MAD University of Genk).
The PAL-V was praised for its innovation and its James Bond-like appearance. In addition, the PAL-V was explicitly mentioned by the jury for the fact that a childhood dream had been successfully translated into a flying vehicle.
The winner of the Rotterdam Design Award 2013 is Temstem by the Reframing Studio and Parnassia Group. A great app for smartphones and tablets, it uses language games to help schizophrenic patients actively manage the voices in their heads.
The public’s prize was awarded to the Dynamic boarding information displayed on platforms and developed by Edenspiekermann, ProRail, STBY and NS Passengers. This long-LED strip, which hangs under the roof of the platform, gives travellers accurate information during boarding of the train.