International design competition honors projects encouraging thought leadership in design 

Design Awards Theme: “Edge Effect” 

June 21, 2022–San Francisco, Calif. – Applied Training Solutions, LLC., is honored with a prestigious San Francisco Design Week Award, announced today by the nonprofit organization San Francisco Design Week (SFDW). Applied Training Solutions received the Honorable Mention which recognized Blink UX, ATSsim, and the whole project team for its ground-breaking design and commitment to thought leadership in meeting the needs of a positive future for society.   

Applied Training Solutions, LLC., was recognized for its work building ATSsim, a state-of-the-art disaster simulation and training software. ATSsim’s comprehensive design allows for larger government agencies and smaller municipal groups alike to train for any potential disaster as if it were real. Schools and private businesses can also benefit from the software. Simulations can be prepared for ahead of time, span hours to weeks, and adapt to the users’ needs. Furthermore, observers can assess and document the actions and performances of participants alongside them with accuracy and efficiency. ATSsim was launched in October 2021 and has since supported eight exercises with more upcoming. Read more about it here. 

“We are extremely excited San Francisco Design Week Awards is returning this year,” says SFDW Director Dawn Zidonis. “As with previous years, the quality of the many entries exceeded our expectations of our theme, ‘Edge Effect’. Congratulations to this year’s outstanding winners.” 

San Francisco Design Week (SFDW), is the premier gathering of the world’s most active design community. The theme, “Edge Effect” was met by award winners from leading design firms, in-house teams, and creative individuals, who are honored today. 

SFDW Design Awards is an international design competition seeking to encourage thought leadership by supporting designers whose works can contribute towards a positive future for society. The Design Awards celebrates and recognizes exemplary work in all fields of design, including architecture, interior design, industrial design, communication design, and user experience design.  

18 winning projects and 13 honorable mentions were selected by a jury comprised of distinguished professionals, who reviewed submissions from an exceptionally competitive pool of applicants from USA and Europe. 

The winning projects were awarded to designers from USA, United Kingdom and Germany. Submissions in the following categories include: Architecture – Altruistic; Architecture – Residential; Architecture – Commercial; Biotech; Civic design; Conversation Design; Communications Design; Data; Disaster Response; FashTech; FinTech; Future of Foods; Health and Wellness; Industrial Design – Products/Furniture; Interior Design – Office: Commercial; Interior Design – Residential; Interior Design – Restaurant/Hospitality; IOT Internet of Things; Social Impact; Student Innovation; Systems Design; Travel & Hospitality; Urban Mobility; UX User Experience; VR/AR/XR Virtual Tech; and Wild Card. 

Each winning project displayed the following characteristics: 

Impact—Design that represents a substantial shift in the way a particular process is created, executed, perceived, or experienced. 

Singularity—Products and ideas that go above and beyond contemporaneous work being done within distinct fields of design. 

Inclusiveness—Work that empowers those previously underrepresented in the design community and emboldens social mobility at all levels. 

Social Responsibility—Design that offers solutions for people with needlessly insurmountable barriers to entry in all walks of life. 

Ease of Use—Design that can be easily understood and applied by the end user. 

Visual Appeal—Projects, ideas, and processes that not only solve problems, but do so with aesthetics that accentuate and elevate the experience from start to finish. 

Feasibility—Design that can be sensibly funded, implemented and embraced. 

The SFDW Design Awards esteemed jury comprised:  

 The winners’ entries are featured permanently at SFDW online. 

About San Francisco Design Week

The Future Started Here
Launched in 2006, San Francisco Design Week (SFDW) is an essential week-long regional festival that showcases the unique intersection of ideas, design, business & entrepreneurism that makes the Bay Area the birthplace of the future.

Now a global phenomenon, San Francisco’s international success is born from a historically free-spirited entrepreneurialism, coupled with the imaginative vision of contemporary design and state-of-the-art technology. Pioneers of new ways of looking at the world, nimble Bay Area start-ups are now among the world’s most influential design-led companies, producing products, services and experiences that profoundly influence the daily lives of billions of people globally.

Through approximately 75 events, SFDW celebrates this spirit of newness by providing approximately 20,000 attendees unique access to conversations and virtual tours with the designers who are shaping the future — from architecture to fashion, product design to digital services, and everything in between. 

San Francisco Design Week is a community event led by a team of advisors and a core committee which represents the diversity of design disciplines in the Bay Area. San Francisco Design Week is produced by nonprofit organization Design Bay Area with the support of AIGA San Francisco, the professional association for design in partnership with IDSA, Center for Architecture+Design and AIA, SFFAMA, SEGD, SDN, IXDA, local consulates, design universities, neighborhood associations and museums

2022 San Francisco Design Week theme, identity, and campaign has been created in collaboration with design firm Landscape. Landscape is a boutique brand strategy and design studio shaping structure and surface in service of social good.

2022 Major sponsors include: Adobe, Autodesk, Landscape, Mucho, Four One Nine, Manual, The Creative Group, Tramo.

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As a leader in emergency preparedness training and readiness, ATS continues to actively work to deliver innovative, experience-based disaster-preparedness exercises solutions for local, state and federal agencies to protect communities.   

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