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Feb 2, 2016

Two UID projects honored with iF DESIGN AWARDS 2016

User Interface Design GmbH (UID), a provider of user experience services based in Ludwigsburg, Germany, has received two iF DESIGNAWARDS 2016, which count among the world's most prestigious design awards. In the Communication discipline (Apps and Software category), the company impressed the international jury with two projects from different industries: the multi-functional kitchen appliance Thermomix® TM5 by Vorwerk and the banknote processing system BPS X9 by Giesecke & Devrient were awarded the iF label for their outstanding user interface design.

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Distinguished design

For more than 60 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been an internationally recognized trademark for excellent product design. It is one of the most important design awards worldwide. In 2016 alone, it received 5,295 entries from 53 countries. The jury of experts for the iF DESIGN AWARD honored two UID projects with awards in the Communication category for their ease-of-use and outstanding design quality.

"We are extremely proud to be selected for two awards, considering the huge number of creative design agencies that entered. These awards are proof of the importance of design for ideas and their implementation, irrespective of product and industry," said UID's Creative Director Henrik Rieß, who was responsible for the design management in both projects.

Cooking experience

The Thermomix TM5 guides the users through the entire cooking process. With 12 functions, it takes over tasks like chopping, kneading, cooking or steaming. In the new operational concept, UID replaced the 15 control buttons of the predecessor with two core elements: a touch screen allows the user to navigate through the cookbooks and recipes, while safety-relevant settings such as speed, cooking time or temperature can be controlled via a dial button and the display.

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The appliance's "guided cooking" feature is one of the innovative extra functions: Cookbooks that are available in the form of Recipe Chips guide the user through every step of the cooking process. This makes cooking with the Thermomix so much easier and turns it into a unique cooking experience. The iF DESIGN AWARD is the third design price in a row for the Thermomix: In 2015, it received the Red Dot Award:Communication Design, and the UX Design Award 2015: Public Choice.

Unsurpassed design

Having been designed for printing plants and central banks, the banknote processing system BPS X9 by Giesecke & Devrient checks up to 150,000 banknotes per hour for their authenticity. This makes it the fastest system of its kind. The precision and reliability that BPS X9 stands for is reflected in the user interface.

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The strictly reduced display provides a well-structured overview of the current state of the machine as well as the ongoing counting and scanning process. To enable fast and appropriate intervention by the user whenever necessary, UID's designers chose strong colors and illustrated instructions.

On February 26, 2016, UID will celebrate the renowned design award at a festive ceremony at BMW Welt in Munich.