UNIVERSAL DESIGN AWARD 2012
136 entries from 16 countries from around the world competed for the universal design award 2012 in nine categories. 51 of those entries had both the juries convinced: the jury of experts under the direction of Prof. Fritz Frenkler, f/p design GmbH, Munich, selected 32 entries as worthy of the “universal design award 2012”. The consumer jury of 100 people chose two products as the “universal design consumer favorite 2012”. Another 17 partici- pants were the happy winners of both awards.
“During the past few years, universal design has moved into the segments of product design, urban planning and architecture and service design. During this year’s competition, we could tell that many of the participants had considerably improved and enhanced their products and services in the sense of universal design – the quality of the entries has reached a very high level. In the meantime, many companies see providing simple, intuitive operation for people of all ages, with or without disabilities as a complex mission: strategic cooperation between companies, research facilities and institutions promote successful product develop- ments and should be further expanded and stabilized in the coming years. This year, howev- er, we were also once again amazed at the interesting, new product ideas that came from the students.”