Design | July 27, 2022 |

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A life of design. Designing for life. – Philips Experience Design
Red Dot Design Museum, Essen, Germany
June 21 – August 21, 2022

Over the past ten years, Dutch firm Philips has used design to realign the group to become a leading health tech company. The Philips Experience Design Team led by Sean Carney has played a key role in this transformation process. The team implements the ideas and solutions for the healthcare sector using a close blend of technology and design. The design process is focused less on the individual product and more on integrated solutions centred around the patient and user experience. The result is well-designed devices that are intuitive to use and that have already won distinctions in the Red Dot Design Award on several occasions. This year, the Philips Experience Design Team led by Sean Carney has also won the honorary title of “Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2022” in recognition of the team’soverall design achievement. The Philips Experience Design Team has created its own exhibition, which is on show on the ground floor. In the creative atmosphere of a design studio, video sequences, concept sketches and products give an insight into the team and its work. The exhibition will run until 21 August 2022.

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Philips Experience Design Team led by Sean Carney named Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2022

In the last ten years, former industrial conglomerate Philips has reinvented itself as a leading health technology company. To achieve that sea-change, the company made design and technology part of its corporate strategy. Another formative influence was the effect chief experience design officer Sean Carney had on the fundamental understanding of design. This successful design-led transformation has earned the Philips Experience Design Team, under the leadership of Sean Carney, the honorary title “Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2022“. Conferral during the Red Dot Gala on 20 June 2022.

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After an enforced break of two years, the Red Dot Gala could once again be celebrated on the usual scale at the Essen opera house, the Aalto Theatre. Professor Dr Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot, hosted the evening event and ceremoniously presented the winners of the “Red Dot: Best of the Best” award with their trophies. The conferral of the Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2022 took place afterwards and was the culmination of the award ceremony. In front of more than a thousand international guests, Roland Heiler, managing director of last year’s winner “Studio F. A. Porsche” passed on the “Radius” challenge cup to Sean Carney, who celebrated his success with around 40 team members on the stage of the Aalto Theatre before going on to the after-show party in the Red Dot Design Museum. This is also where the special exhibition, expressly designed by Philips, was opened. It provides an insight into the mindset and operating method of the Philips Experience Design Team and thus allows visitors to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the extraordinary company. The design team surrounding Sean Carney includes more than 700 designers. Spread across 13 studios in USA, Europe and Asia, they cover a wide range of design disciplines from user experience design and design strategy & insight to product design, brand & communication design, business leadership and DesignOps. “Whereas design was in the past limited to graphic design, for instance, we now distinguish between more than 30 different specific design tasks such as the visualisation of data or trend analysis,” Sean Carney explains when describing the transformation of his team and of design in general. To spell out what he and his team do today, the design team changed its name to Philips Experience Design Team two years ago.

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“With his design team, Sean Carney achieves what many others hope for but rarely accomplish: designing devices, one should even say holistic solutions that require the interplay of technology and design to make a positive and lasting difference to the company’s progress and the transformation of the healthcare system,” Professor Dr Peter Zec said about the work of the design team. “Driven by global challenges such as an ageing population, the risk of pandemics, the increasing number of chronic diseases and rising healthcare costs, designers are, under complex conditions, familiarising themselves with the problem areas in which their products and digital systems will later be used and deliver innovative solutions. For years, the multidisciplinary Philips Experience Design Team has proved that it is leading the field in healthcare technology. The award of the ‘Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2022‘ is deserved recognition of their work,” Zec concluded. Being awarded the Red Dot: Design Team of the Year is a particular honour. No designer or company can apply for it. It is an individual award that stands out from all the other awards and is the highest recognition of a sustainable design policy. Every year since 1988, one team that sets itself apart by virtue of its continuously innovative design achievements has received an award as part of the Red Dot Award: Product Design. Last year, Studio F. A. Porsche was able to bag the title. The design studio at Zell am See in Austria followed in the footsteps of Fiskars Design Team led by Petteri Masalin, Flavio Manzoni & Ferrari Design Team, Phoenix Design Team and the Canyon Design Team, amongst others.


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