Microsoft Takes Highest Pentawards Accolade

16 September 2019

Microsoft has taken the top Diamond prize at this year’s Pentawards, the world’s most prestigious packaging design competition, for its Xbox Adaptive Controller. The design, which allows better gaming access to those suffering from disabilities, beat off tough competition from over 2,000 other entries to win best in show. 

At the Gala Ceremony, which took place at 8 Northumberland Avenue on 12 September, and with 350 of the world’s leading packaging, design and creative minds in attendance, Pentawards also bestowed five Platinum, 58 Gold, 118 Silver and 113 Bronze awards. In addition, it also recognised the Agency of the Year, Brand of the Year and the NXT-GEN award, which is given to the best student entry.

Microsoft took home the Diamond Award, for its Adaptive Controller, designed to make the packaging accessible for gamers with limited mobility. Both the single-shipper and retail package have been designed to ‘unfold’ to reveal what is inside -  the shipper reveals the retail package, and the retail package reveals the Adaptive Controller. Microsoft integrated discreet air cells into the shipper packaging for protection for the product while maintaining a small pack size and clean design. An open cavity area under the controller enables multiple ways to remove the controller from the box, including pulling via a loop or sliding it out directly. Finally, the box has a low centre of gravity, grounding the unboxing experience and creating a sense of stability for the end-user.

Adam Ryan, Head of Pentawards, comments: “The jury were blown away by Microsoft’s entry. It is certainly one of the biggest leaps in innovation that I have seen during my time at Pentawards. Whilst there were thousands of fantastic entries this year, this was undoubtedly deserving of our highly sought-after Diamond Award.”

In addition to the Diamond Award, Pentawards also recognised five companies for their commitment and creative influence in packaging design, bestowing them with Platinum Awards. In the beverage section, Contagious was awarded the Platinum accolade for its Lind & Lime design for Leith Distillery. The concept is drawn from the historical stories of the people and industries of Leith which are represented by the unique intricacies of the bespoke bottle, label and the name.

In addition to its Gala Ceremony, Pentawards also celebrated its collaboration with Packaging Innovations London, by designing a world’s leading conference programme, where global brands and design agencies delivered case studies and cutting-edge presentations, created to inspire visitors.

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