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Cortex Wins Six International Design Awards

Sam White
Sam White February 08, 2021 • 0 min read

Cortex Design has won six International Design Awards (IDA), including three gold awards and three silver awards in the product design category. 

Cortex is pleased to announce that Lumatone, UVC Buddy and the Fusion Vision System have won big accolades in the 15th annual International Design Awards (IDA). This represents major recognition of our contributions to product design in the areas of medical and consumer devices. 

Just seventeen awards were announced for the product design category in Canada. Cortex took home six, in our first year of entering the competition. 

Our IDA entries competed against other top product design firms in Canada and internationally. These wins put us in good company with other top-tier international design firms who have won in the past, including Whipsaw, Bolt, Rockwell Group, and San Francisco’s fuseproject. 

Six wins also vaults Cortex into the top 2% of all historical IDA recipients globally, across all categories. 

“I’m exceptionally proud of the work that the team did on these award winning projects,” says Dylan Horvath, President of Cortex Design. “All three of these projects emphasize the value of a deliberate process of human-centred design. With the right process in place, we expect success for our products, but these awards are very satisfying validation that our process works. Congratulations to the whole team.”

Cortex would also like to congratulate all of this year’s other award recipients, including our colleagues at Starfish Medical who won gold for their incredible work on the CEV Winnipeg Ventilator. 

Established in 2007 by an interdisciplinary group of designers and entrepreneurs, the International Design Awards recognize excellence in the fields of product design, architectural design, interior design, graphic design, and fashion design. Entries are judged on the criteria of innovation, aesthetics, functionality, impact, and feasibility of production — among other criteria. 

Here’s the detailed breakdown of the projects, as well as the wins for each. Click on any of the links to read the award citations for each project: 

  • UVC Buddy: A gold award in Industrial and Life Science Design / Medical / Scientific Machinery, as well as a silver award in Industrial and Life Science Design / Safety Designs, and a silver award in Illumination / Special Purpose Lighting
  • Lumatone: A gold award in Media and Home Electronics / TV, Video and Audio Equipment, as well as a silver award in the Other Product Designs category
  • Longan Vision — Fusion Vision System: A gold award in Industrial and Life Science Design / Safety Designs

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