Photos by Leslie Santarina
Aplat founder, Shujan Bertrand, is proud and excited to be one of 40 international design leaders chosen to judge the 2019 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA.) One of the longest running and most prestigious design awards programs in existence, IDEA was originally founded to recognize exceptional achievement in industrial design, but the program has since grown to highlight design in many forms including design strategy, branding, digital interaction and so much more. Each year, thousands of entries are submitted by design teams across the globe, making IDEA one of the largest and most widely anticipated annual awards programs in the world. IDEA set the benchmark for what a design award represents and has endured to become a career-defining catalyst for those talented enough to win.
The collection of designers, thought-leaders and visionaries who compose our IDEA Jury epitomize the very best of the industrial design community. Representing industry, consultancy, academia and private practice, they are experts within their fields. Many of them are past IDEA winners who deeply understand the significance of the position. The IDEA jury is charged with the tremendous task of carefully reviewing nearly 2,000 entries across 19 categories. Additionally, they are responsible for maintaining the high level of quality and rigor that has become a hallmark of the IDEA program.