About

About

Great products do not happen by chance. They are deliberate acts of design by which the value of a product is directly proportional to its effect. ION Design operates at this nexus of purpose and meaning, where art and invention merge in products that transcend being merely useful objects to products that deliver rewarding experiences. We believe that transformative products result from a well-conceived design process. Where talent and know-how meets a great idea. Where passion meets experience meets market success.

Why ION

A remarkably talented team of designers and engineers who have earned dozens of patents and generated significant IP for our clients.

ION’s diverse portfolio is its strength – it keeps our thinking fresh.

The best designed solutions start with the right plan. For every project ION crafts a detailed roadmap tailored to the goals and challenges of the project. This ensures a smooth and rigorous process that delivers results.

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Research

We believe that design breakthroughs spring from insight gained though discovery.  Our methods include field observations, review of competitive landscape, analysis of consumer trends, focus groups, intellectual property review, and gathering data to uncover opportunities and define the best way forward. But the most important thing we do is the first thing: We listen.

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Strategy

Every development initiative needs a solid plan. For each project, we customize a development strategy that’s contoured to the specific requirements of the project.  Aided by insights gained through research, we conduct innovation sessions with client stakeholders to zero in on key user, market, and technology issues. This approach enables our project team to craft the right program for the desired results. Armed with a roadmap informed by research and client perspective, we’re ready to launch our creative process.

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Innovation

Innovation is the culmination of research, strategy, and expertise to create an engaging, unique, and inspiring product. It’s a hands-on process of exploration and experimentation driven by a team of designers and engineers who build upon each other’s thinking.  This collaborative, interdisciplinary process ensures a lively mix of ideas and perspectives, which ultimately leads to a breakthrough design solution.

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Realization

We don’t just design products; we make them real. ION’s strength in conceptualizing is complemented by its depth of experience in engineering and execution. This make-or-break development step is all about integrating design with technology for efficient production. It involves core technology development, material and production method specifications, CAD models, prototype fabrication, performing validation, testing and sweating the many details to assure that the final product will perform.

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Studio

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Awards

2009 I.D. MAGAZINE ANNUAL DESIGN REVIEW
Award for Consumer Products
OXO Good Grips, Wall Mounted Organizer

2008 GOOD DESIGN AWARD for Household Products
OXO Good Grips, Stainless Bag Holder

2007 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Innovations Award for Wireless Peripherals
Altec Lansing, Octive Audio System

2005 APPLIANCE DESIGN MAGAZINE
Award for Medical Appliances
Laboratory Equipment
BioVeris, M1M Analyzer

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Innovations Award for Audio
Altec Lansing, MX5020 Powered Audio System

2004 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Innovations Award for Audio
Altec Lansing, In Motion

2003 INDUSTRIAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARDS (by IDSA & Business Week)
Award for Medical and Scientific Equipment
ACIST Medical Systems, Empower CT Injector

2001 INDUSTRIAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Award for Medical & Scientific Equipment
Immersion Medical, AccuTouch Endoscopy Simulator

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Award for Medical & Scientific Equipment
Johnson & Johnson, Wild Flossers

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Award for Computer Equipment
Altec Lansing, ATP5 Desktop Speaker

I.D. MAGAZINE ANNUAL DESIGN REVIEW
Award for Equipment
Acoustic Guide, Wand 2000

1999 I.D. MAGAZINE ANNUAL DESIGN REVIEW
Award for Equipment
Tomey, AutoTopographer Corneal Evaluation Unit

1998 INDUSTRIAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD (IDSA & Business Week)
Award for Medical & Scientific Equipment
N-Vision, Virtual Binoculars

MEDICAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Award for Medical & Scientific Equipment
American Standard, LARA Breath Analyzer

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Innovations Award for Audio
Altec Lansing, Surround Cube ADA 305

1997 INDUSTRIAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Award for Medical & Scientific Equipment
American Standard, LARA Breath Analyzer

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Award for Medical & Scientific Equipment
N-Vision, DataVisor 80

I.D. MAGAZINE ANNUAL DESIGN REVIEW
Award for Equipment
American Standard, LARA Breath Analyzer

1995 INDUSTRIAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Award for Medical & Scientific Equipment
Brainchild, Interactive Educational Device

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Award for Medical & Scientific Equioment
Tomey, TMS 2 Corneal Evaluation Unit

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Award for Medical & Scientific Equipment
Control Instruments, ViewPort Environment Gas Analyzer

I.D. MAGAZINE ANNUAL DESIGN REVIEW
Award for Consumer Products
Brainchild, Interactive Educational Device

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Clients

  • Abbott Point Of Care
  • Acist Medical
  • Acoustiguide
  • Air Techniques
  • Aircast
  • Airwick
  • Altec Lansing
  • AT&T
  • American Standard
  • Axis
  • Becton Dickinson
  • Biomet
  • Bracco Diagnostics
  • Cepacol
  • Control Instruments
  • Covidien
  • Dictaphone
  • Digene
  • USCI – Division C.R. Bard
  • EBI
  • Energizer Personal Care
  • Ethicon
  • Ferring Pharmaceuticals
  • French’s
  • GE Healthcare
  • Hoffman LaRoche
  • Immersion Medical
  • Informedix
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • LeCroy
  • Lysol
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Mucinex
  • NVIS
  • Olympus Corp.
  • Onkyo Corporation
  • OPED
  • OXO
  • Petmate
  • Playtex Products
  • Prescient Medical
  • Ranir
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Respironics
  • Roche Diagnostics
  • Saab Avionics
  • Sharp Electronics
  • Siemens Medical
  • Staples
  • TA Instruments
  • Tomey Technologies
  • Vision Sciences
  • Wells Fargo
  • Woolite
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