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Samsung Series 9 Full HD 3D LE

Lead Designers
ClientSamsung Electronics
Prize(s)Gold in Media And Home Electronics / Home Computers
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Entry Description

What is it:
The Series 9 is a monitor which can be used for a variety of applications, ranging from business to home usage, all-purpose monitor for gaming, TV viewing, movie watching and general computing.

The proprietary Samsung 3D panel allows instant converting from 2D to full HD 3D mode. It allows users to view old 2D home videos or vacation pictures and converts the content instantly from 2D to 3D with the Samsung 3D glasses and blue tooth connection sink between the two. Glasses are being shipped with the package.

Currently available in two different sizes, 24inch and 27inch, as stand-alone monitor version and with built in TV tuner as HDTV monitor version.

What was the design problem:
The first challenge of the Series 9 Monitor design was to highlight the new LED technology and bezel thinness, its aesthetic benefits and overall newness.
The second challenge was to create a completely new iconic image for Samsung in an already highly saturated and competitive market.
The third challenge was to create a monitor who established Samsung as a leader in this technology and application by creating something completely new and innovative true to Samsung’s philosophy.

What was the design solution and how was the solution unique:
The simplistic and minimal design emphasizes the newness and technology by delivering a design in its most “essential” and “purest” form.
The display and stand are combined into a single object, as opposed to traditional monitors designed with an add-on stand.
The paper-like display “grows” out of its base to create an asymmetrical, elegant and recognizable look using a single sheet of brushed aluminum.


Jochen Backs is founder and Principal of STUDIO BACKS, a downtown San Francisco based design studio that delivers great product design and experiences in the consumer, computer, packaging, medical and houseware industries. We work on projects ranging from monitors to cameras to packaging for clients such as Samsung, Logitech, St. Jude Medical to Vaska. With a creative process that integrates industrial design and strategic thinking we create fresh, lifestyle-centered, long lasting solutions for our clients. STUDIO BACKS provides successful and proven services to achieve competitive advantage through product innovation.

Before founding STUDIO BACKS in June 2001, Jochen Backs was the Principal Industrial Designer for Design Continuum, San Francisco, where he designed and directed projects for various companies including Logitech, Vestel, BioMerieux and Sunbeam. His role at Design Continuum included building and mentoring the industrial design team, project management and business development. Prior to Design Continuum, Jochen was a Senior Industrial Designer with IDEO Product Development for 10 years, where he designed a diverse range of products for clients including DELL, NEC, Medtronic, Cisco Systems, Steelcase and Samsung Electronics. Before IDEO, Jochen worked for DESIGN TEAMS in Germany designing hand held tools for BOSCH, high pressure cleaners for KAERCHER, cook ware and household goods for SILIT and Leifheit.

Jochen has earned numerous awards during his 20 year career, including iF Hanover, the 'Red Dot' for the Highest Design Quality at Design Innovations, the Braun Prize, Design Champion at the Design Center Stuttgart, Best Design Of Europe at the International Biennial in Kortrijk Belgium, Design-Team of the Year 1990, Appliance Manufacturer's Excellence in Design and several I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review awards and Business Week's IDEA gold, silver and bronze awards. Communication Arts Interactive Annual 8 for our website design. Editor's Choice "Best of Show" and "Best New Technology Product" award in 2010. Shaggy Award 2011, Honorable Mention for Samsung Series 9 Full HD 3D LED HDTV.

Jochen is particularly proud of its successful and ongoing partnership with Samsung Electronics going back as far as 1993. Jochen has helped Samsung’s display division to transfer itself from an OEM manufacturer to an international leading brand in design and technology it has become today. All CRT monitors manufactured by SAMSUNG during the 90’s were either designed or directed by STUDIO BACKS. The new generation of LCD and LED 3D monitors continue to be designed or directed through the “Master Program”, a collaboration between SAMSUNG and STUDIO BACKS.
Other projects with SAMSUNG include laptops, mobile devices, digital compact cameras, white goods including refrigeration, range tops, microwave, venting hoods, washer and dryer.

Our Process is multidisciplinary, hands-on and heavily supported with 3D computer design tools to ensure excellent surface modeling and photo realistic renderings for our clients. We have experts on the team specializing in Alias, Rhino, ProE, SolidWorks and for rendering tools Patchwork 3D and Hypershot/Keyshot.
Jochen’s vision embodies sensitivity to international consumers and international markets and is a passionate thinkers about consumer behavior.