People’s Choice Award – Thanks Everyone!

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We’d like to thank everyone who voted for the 2014 IDSA People’s Choice Award! In addition to receiving a GOLD International Design Excellence Award, the DELTAIR S.C.B.A. also won the 2014 People’s Choice Award!

The People’s Choice Award is voted on annually by IDSA members and affiliates through online balloting on the IDSA’s website. It’s presented each year at the IDSA’s national conference. The award allows designers and the general public to select their favorite project from all the IDEA Gold winners. Although we were honored to receive a GOLD award this year, the People’s Choice Award is something extra special indeed! We are flattered and delighted that our project for AVON Protection was selected from such a strong field of International Design Excellence Award winners.

The DELTAIR Self Contained Breathing Apparatus is a life-sustaining breathing system for firefighters. During contextual work sessions, we collaborated with 38 active duty firefighters from 9 departments across the U.S to design the best SCBA possible. It was truly a co-design effort resulting in a S.C.B.A. system designed by firefighters for firefighters! We believe we owe our People’s Choice Award to the fact that people understand the importance of good design and usability in products intended for first responders. After all, they put themselves in harm’s way for the sake of others.

Thanks everyone! But really, this is too much!

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