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Philips has been honored with 48 awards at the 2016 iF Design Awards, including three prestigious iF Gold Awards. As a result, Philips is now #1 in the international iF ranking for design. Each year, the iF International Forum Design GmbH organizes the iF Design Award, one of the world’s most valued design competitions. Recognized as a symbol of design excellence globally, the iF Design Award receives over 5,000 submissions from 70 countries.

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Philips Design has pioneered the shift from product-led to experience-led design. By co-creating with our customers and broadening our view to design for whole ecosystems we have a big real-world impact, which is reflected in our #1 iF ranking” said Sean Carney, Chief Design Officer at Philips. “Using Design-thinking we harness the power of the Internet of Things, big data and digital ecosystems to deliver on our ambition to make the world healthier and more sustainable through Design.”

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Among the 48 iF winners, Philips increased the number of awards it received across the iF Design Award disciplines, including communication, professional concept and service design. Philips also scooped one prize in the first edition of the Public Value category. The ultra-mobile ultrasound solution Lumify (in the discipline communication design); the cardiac catherization suite at the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois (US) (in the discipline professional concept design); the advanced neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) (in the discipline service design) and Light for Public Spaces (in the discipline public value) were recognized for their creative approaches and their impact beyond product design.

The three Gold winners were announced on February 26 in Munich, Germany:

Schermafbeelding 2016-02-29 om 21.03.38Lumify is the world’s first app-based, smart device ultrasound solution, connecting providers with patients to provide high-quality care whenever it is needed. Philips’ digital health approach to ultrasound allows clinicians to transform their compatible smart device into an advanced imaging solution, designed for fast point-of-care diagnostics, procedural guidance, data sharing and collaboration. Designed with the simplicity of today’s mobile technology in mind, Lumify brings together familiar hardware and an ecosystem of ultrasound app software, advanced transducer innovations, connectivity and support services, for a total connected health experience that puts clinical insights and tools into the hands of more providers across the health continuum.

DreamWearDesigned to help patients feel like they are not wearing a mask, DreamWear’s revolutionary design directs airflow through the sides of the mask frame so patients can sleep comfortably in any position with more freedom to move in bed. With DreamWear, patients have a clear and natural line of sight, while the minimal contact, under-the-nose cushion prevents red marks, discomfort or irritation in the nostrils and on the bridge of the nose[1]. With an open field of vision, patients can enjoy their normal bedtime activities, such as watching TV, reading with their glasses on or even kissing their partner goodnight. This enables patients to have a more comfortable and freeing sleep solution, helping them to feel more like they are sleeping naturally.

Schermafbeelding 2016-02-29 om 21.02.09The IconiQ Special Edition Shaver is Philips’ latest electric 3-head shaver – its design echoes traditional shaving brushes but with wireless charging technology and SmartClick interface. For a next generation shaving experience, the IconiQ Special Edition Shaver’s retro-futuristic look is designed for the modern gentleman who enjoys an indulgent shaving experience. This limited edition shaver makes use of premium materials including an aluminum machined power switch, ceramic black body paint and chic warm metallic rose gold accents, for an indulgent yet innovative product. The shaver, cleansing brush and trimmer connect using intuitive SmartClick, while the wireless charging plate neatly charges the device and compatible mobile phones thanks to Qi technology.

Today Philips Design has a team of more than 500 designers. The team includes 35 nationalities, located in 15 design studios around the world.

iF awards

Since 1953, iF has been dedicated to organizing fair, independent and reputable design awards and has thus gained a top position in the international award spectrum. Representing excellent design and outstanding design achievements, the iF seal of quality is recognized the world over, with registrants ranging from automotive companies to individual design studios. The iF ranking represents the overall results of all iF Design Awards from the last three years.

Source: Press release Philips