Canadian Design Wins Top Innovation Award at CES 2003

Ottawa, Canada --- January 16, 2003 – The Mythos (tm) series of loudspeakers, created by the Canadian firm of Gibson Product Design Inc. for Definitive Technology Inc. of Baltimore, MD, has won the “Best of Innovations Award 2003” for Audio products at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show, held in Las Vegas January 9-12. The loudspeaker family, exotic aluminum towers on glass bases, is the latest offering from Definitive, expanding their highly successful line of home theater audio products.

For Gibson Product Design, the award comes as a high point, crowning twenty years’ work creating the look and feel of products for many of Canada’s leading electronics companies. “This award is confirmation that we stand with the best in the world”, says Scott Gibson, looking back to 1982 when he first opened his industrial design consultancy. “We have grown to where we are able to bring vision, judgment, and technical experience into alignment with our ambitions for great design.”

Responding to the requirements of Definitive Technology, Mike McGuire, lead designer for the Gibson team, pushed the project from sketch concept to working prototypes in just four months. “We’re fortunate to have a community of high technology-savvy suppliers around us”, Mike observes. “So much of the design needed computer-directed modeling and careful follow-up craftsmanship. We made large custom extrusions - machined, hand-polished and anodized. There were simulated plastic moldings made by stereo lithography, so big that they had to be created in pieces, then glued together. Our model makers even fashioned the adjustable feet that lift the elegant glass bases off the floor.” The result, a gleaming set of silver freestanding and wall-mounted speakers, perfectly matched to the plasma televisions at the center of tomorrow’s home theater environments.

About Innovations 2003: Overview from the CEA

Innovations 2003 is the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) prestigious competition that honors product excellence in Design and Engineering.

Entries in the Innovations 2003 Design & Engineering Awards Program were judged by a panel of 30 prominent industry experts. For the eighth year, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) endorsed and acted as advisors to the Design & Engineering Showcase.

Product evaluations are based on weighted criteria: value to user, aesthetics, and contribution to the quality of life as well as the product's innovative qualities.

BEST OF INNOVATIONS AWARD
Now in its sixth year, the Innovations 2003 Best of Innovations Award is given to the most highly honored products in their category. Best of Innovations honorees are highlighted throughout the Innovations 2003 promotional materials, and will be previewed in a special display in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center during the 2003 International CES January 9-12.

(Of 57 “Honorees” in the Audio products category, two were selected for the “Best of Innovations” Award. The first award is given to Definitive Technology; the second to Philips Consumer Electronics of Eindhoven, Holland.)


About Gibson Product Design

Gibson Product Design Inc. is a consulting Industrial Design firm located in Ottawa, a major center in Canada’s high technology community. Incorporated in 1982, Gibson Product Design is a two time winner of the Canada Awards for Business Excellence in Industrial Design. The company portfolio carries projects for companies engaged in the telecommunications, medical, instrumentation, and consumer product sectors. Journalists are encouraged to visit the Gibson Web site for further information at www.gibsonproduct.com

CES 2003 Web site: www.cesweb.org



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