The award celebrates excellence in product design in terms of sustainability, interaction design, packaging, strategy, research and concepts. Of the 687 finalists, 27 received a Gold IDEA, 45 were awarded a Silver IDEA and 106 got the Bronze IDEA.

A live ceremony will be held on 21 August where IDSA will announce the Best in Show, Curator’s Choice, People’s Choice and the Sustainability Award -  during its 2013 International Conference in Chicago.

Profiled here are six of the 27 products or services that captured IDEA gold:

Vacc-stamp is a stamp-style vaccine syringe designed for babies, which uses micro needles to inject the vaccine with minimal pain.

Costing less than $3000, Blackmagic Cinema Camera is a cinema-quality digital video camera designed for the professional production of feature films, documentaries and commercials.

Created for the developing world, Evotech is a low-cost portable endoscope that is durable, energy-efficient and waterproof.

100% recyclable, Origami is a personal mono-laser printer designed for the eco-conscious. At the end of the printer’s life, its materials can be recycled to produce more paper for printing.

Tesla Model S is the world’s first premium sedan built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, with a rigid body structure, a nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a low centre of gravity.

The Obama for America Mobile Strategy created a set of mobile applications to support Obama’s base of supporters during his 2012 re-election. The applications were designed to automatically deliver information, push notifications and field directives straight from the campaign’s headquarters to people’s phones.

Samsung Electronics was among the top corporate winners, claiming 10 awards, as well as 3M, securing four, and Coway, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Nokia and PearsonLloyd, which received three each.

For design firms, IDEO claimed nine awards, fuseproject won five and Ammunition, LUNAR and NewDealDesign LLC each earned three awards. Sweden’s Umeå Institute of Design won five awards, topping this year’s list of college wins.

“This year IDEA experienced a healthy increase in participation, most notably in digital design, computer equipment and student entries, and a more international group of participants,” said IDEO’s Thomas Overthun, the IDEA 2013 jury chair.

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