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09-27-2019

Idea Gold Award for IQ Design Team

PolyOne Received an Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America

  • “Our IQ Design team sought to enhance the device’s simplicity in both design and production to facilitate larger-scale vision care that met low-cost targets,” said Cathy Dodd, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at PolyOne (© PolyOne)

  • The IQ Design team received a 2019 IDEA Gold award in the Social Impact Design category from the Industrial Designers Society of America (© PolyOne)

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PolyOne’s IQ Design team received a 2019 Idea Gold award in the Social Impact Design category from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). The award recognizes PolyOne’s work in designing and developing the USee self-refraction device for Global Vision 2020, a nonprofit organization founded by the device inventor J. Kevin White.

Over 1600 Entries from 24 Countries

This year’s competition, judged by a jury of over two dozen global design experts, included over 1600 entries from 24 countries, with only 19 designated Gold winners from among the 101 awards presented. As an Idea-winning design, the USee device will be part of the permanent collection at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation (Dearborn, MI/USA), an IDSA partner.

“As an inventor,” White said, “handing over your initial idea to a designer is like handing over your child and asking them to take it to college graduation. This award is proof that the USee device not only graduated, but was the valedictorian. I can’t thank PolyOne and its IQ Design team enough for donating their time, passion, and expertise to help change the world with the gift of clear sight.”

PolyOne’s team of industrial designers and design engineers combined their expertise in materials science, manufacturing, and design to help overcome multiple performance and production challenges in bringing the USee from concept to reality.

Unlike vision care in the developed world, the USee enables those with blurred vision to dial in their best optical acuity while viewing an eye chart, thus determining their correct prescription. Trained local ‘refractionists’ assist in the process. It takes about 15 minutes to deliver prescription glasses for less than USD 5 per pair.

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MCHENRY, IL 44012
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