At Anker, we’re passionate about our products. Inside and out.
In addition to creating high-tech, cutting edge charging hardware - we also spend endless hours developing industry-benchmark industrial design.
Participating in design awards not only gives our products prestige and our egos some stroking, it also gives customers confidence and impartial information.
That’s why we want to shed some light on how our shiny Anker gear ends up with these impressive, yet mysterious accolades.
Award bodies are naturally dependant on the market that you operate in, the PowerCore Fusion 5000 isn’t going to win a FIFA Ballon d’Or, or Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (yet). Anker does, however, have ample experience dealing with some of the most prestigious, leading bodies within tech.
Tech design awards tend to be focused around quality craftsmanship, functionality and innovation.
Red Dot has existed since 1954. Held annually in Essen, Germany, the awards are concerned with product design, design agencies and design concepts. Red Dot’s Design Team of the Year award is one of the best known in the field, and has been won by industry titans like Apple (2001), Bosch (2015) and Ferrari (2016).
In 2017, the jury considered applications from 54 countries.
The second big hitter is the prestigious iF (International Forum Design) which in 2017 received over 5,500 submissions from 59 countries. iF is also German founded (so you know it’s good). They acknowledge innovative design in a wide variety of forms — from architecture, through to digital UX.
The makeup of awards panels are usually semi-transparent and semi-secretive.
As a general rule, judges come from a wide variety of disciplines, as well as those specifically selected for their intricate knowledge of the industry in question.
In the case of Anker’s fields of interest, it’s likely that there will be more judges with a tech background, naturally with an appreciation for design and functional aesthetics.
How do I enter?
The entrance process is fairly standardized throughout design awards…
First of all you need to create a great product, with innovative design, and/or fresh functionality. If your gear doesn’t hit this prerequisite then it’s silly to proceed.
Secondly, manufacturers are required to submit a portfolio to be judged.
After a period of thorough assessment, awards are then decided.
What does it take to win?
There’s no secret formula to winning, but generally speaking, innovation and creativity are key. Something new, or a classic design reinvented is a great way to stand out from the crowd and be in with a shot.
Which Anker products have won?
The Anker award-winning family has grown rapidly and has received several more trophies in the past 18 months alone…
PowerCore II 10000
PowerCore Slim 5000
SoundBuds Sport NB10
PowerCore II 10000
Eufy BodySense Smart Scale
AND some of our award-winning designs haven’t even hit the shelves yet.
The most decorated recent release is Powercore II 10000, which has won both a Red Dot and iF award.
Slim, sleek, upgraded material, and not to mention it works great - it’s as close to a winning blueprint as you’ll find.
How important is design to you when buying tech? Let us know in the comments!