American Seating announced that its InSight product line received the 2010 iF (International Forum) product design award, while its Vision product received the 2009 Good Design award in the Transportation category. Both awards are for advanced design and industrial achievements.
The iF award is one of the most prestigious design awards - it stands for outstanding quality in design and is sought by well-known companies such Audi, Apple and Dell. InSight was one of 778 products to receive the iF award among 2,486 entries from 39 different countries.
The product line was designed, engineered and tested by American Seating in close collaboration with key public transportation stakeholders throughout North America, including transit authorities, OEM builders, advocacy groups, industry associations and riders.
Meanwhile, the Good Design award, the oldest and most recognized program for design excellence worldwide, recognizes designs that enhance people's everyday lives and promote industrial/economic growth. American Seating's Vision, a stainless steel city-service bus and rail seat, was selected from 3,000 submissions after being reviewed by a panel of 70 design judges, receiving the 2009 Good Design award in the Transportation category.
Vision's contoured seat offers the largest individual sitting area, and the slim-line profile provides increased hip-to-knee room, allowing passengers to enter and exit with ease. Aesthetically, it's a clean design - there are no visible welds or hardware, which adds to the durability of the seat, and it's easy to clean and maintain - scratches and graffiti can be easily buffed away, and what cannot be polished can easily be replaced onsite without grounding the vehicle for maintenance.
Vision will be on display in Chicago this summer 2010 with other Good Design winners.