Scientific instruments win prestigious European product design award
Tuesday, 4 April 2017 at 12:58:PM
The newly re-designed ‘xr’ series thermal desorption (TD) products from Markes International (Llantrisant, UK) have recently been awarded a European Product Design Award.
These awards honour the best in product design globally, and have the goal of advancing the appreciation of design. The ‘xr’ series products were designed in collaboration with Sanders Design Associates Ltd (Cardiff, UK) and were awarded Silver in the category of Industrial & Life Science Design.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Markes International has always been at the forefront of innovation for enhancing the measurement of trace-level volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds by gas chromatography. Markes’ range of thermal desorption products, led by the flagship UNITY-xr™ and TD100-xr™ thermal desorbers, set the benchmark in the field for performance, quality and reliability.
Julian Sanders, Managing Director of Sanders Design, said “Markes commissioned Sanders Design to reappraise the design of its thermal desorption instrument products in terms of construction, assembly, aesthetics, human factors and ergonomics, and in doing so establish a more expressive design language, one that more accurately conveyed the high level of technical competency of the products and Markes’ pre-eminent position in the market”. He went on to say “the design intent was to use contrasting colours and finishes, to create strong ‘drop shadows’ in key areas where large panels would naturally align. Floating and overlapping offset panels were also key design features, which help to create the products’ distinct character”.
The newly designed products were launched at the Analytica tradeshow in Germany in 2016, and have already resulted in significant commercial success for Markes.
More on the awards and the winners can be found here: https://productdesignaward.eu/winners/
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About Markes International Ltd
Markes International manufactures specialist analytical instrumentation for trace organic analysis. It is renowned as a global market leader for analytical thermal desorption and for developing ground-breaking time-of-flight MS technology for gas chromatography. Markes is a company of the Schauenburg International Group, and has technical support centres in the UK, USA and Germany.
About Sanders Design Associates Ltd
Sanders is a UK design consultancy specialising in the creation and development of powerful brands through the effective application of product design, branding, packaging and digital design. Based in Cardiff and operating for over 25 years, their award winning multidisciplinary team brings together an exceptionally talented group of product, branding and digital designers under one roof. This relatively rare grouping of services and expertise in one studio enables them exploit and integrate design disciplines, providing consistency throughout a project from conception to completion.