Judging process – How winners were selected
All the jurors were enormously impressed by the hard work put in by all the entrants. The overall quality of the submissions was extremely high – which says a lot about this community. Congratulations to the winners and special mentions!
Four rounds of review
Round 1: From 52 entries, 25 advanced to the next round. Screened to ensure each met all the submission requirements in the challenge brief including a 15%+ overall environmental performance improvement. Entries that did not include the PowerPoint presentation and/or no evaluation in Sustainable Minds Eco-concept + LCA Software were disqualified.
Round 2: From 25 entries, 13 advanced to the next round. Each juror was assigned to select 10 finalists by assigning 1-10 for each of the criteria below.
Round 3: LCA technical review, from 13 entries to 10 finalists. All entrants were contacted to provide SM Software login credentials. SM’s LCA analyst reviewed models for completeness and accuracy of the reference and final concept models. Entries with a score of 6 or lower for this criterion were eliminated.
Round 4: From 10 finalists, 3 winners and 4 special mentions were selected. Finalists were scored 1-10 for each criterion by consensus. There were so many great entries, the new category of ‘special mention was created.
1. Effective use of ecodesign strategies – Application of ecodesign strategies from multiple life cycle stages to create innovative product concepts. Relating ecodesign strategies to user insights and brand story.
2. Comprehensive life cycle assessment (LCA) model – First, accurate/complete reference toaster model then same for new concepts in the Sustainable Minds software; accurate % improvement
3. Aesthetics – Design works for the target persona; current/appealing form, color, user interface
4. Compelling story – Create a brand for the target users, insights that inform design, selection and application of ecodesign strategies, concept exploration/evaluation to select the final product
5. Functionality/usability – How the toaster was reinvented, relative to the target users; ease of use
Watch out the blog posts and webinar from Sustainable Minds and IDSA coming soon.
A great demonstration of Industrial design skills with 3 competing designs explored on Sustainable Minds software for weighing in the minimal impact.
Exemplifies a valuable approach for sustainable design to become more mainstream with ecodesign strategies as an effective design thinking principle
Followed the design process showcasing the user/personas, brand story, identifying the problem areas and creating solutions.
Well-explained brand and user story with insights that highlights common problems faced by the user
Explored two different approaches and evaluation on the SM software to select the winning concept
Ecodesign strategies explores material selection, design for better serviceability and repairability. Participant has also explored service-based business model for reduced environmental impact.
Disruptive design with innovative usability features providing enough room for toasting bread of different sizes
The main ecodesign claim talks about reorienting the exit path for heat to enable less heat loss to have a greater impact and faster toasting
Design for durability, removing parts most vulnerable to damage by use of grill baskets that replace the toast clipping and pop out parts.