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Winners: Red Dot Award 2024: Product Design

Earlier this week, Red Dot delivered the exciting news that we snagged a Red Dot Product Design Award - one of the most esteemed honors in the industry. Naturally, we're absolutely thrilled to have our innovation acknowledged by this globally renowned award, which is revered as a symbol of excellence and is among the most coveted accolades in the design world. We couldn't be prouder!

How do Red Dot decide their winners?

There's a detailed process for selecting their winners - a panel of international experts evaluates the products based on various criteria, including aesthetics, degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, symbolic and emotional content, and ecological compatibility. This evaluation involves discussions, debates, and individual assessments by jury members.

The latest generation of Pinter

Quick history lesson: we've released 3 different generations of Pinter, each of them making improvements on the last one - Pinter 1 came out in 2020, and since then we've never looked back! The latest generation of Pinter is technically Pinter 3, which has been granted this prestigious award. This was launched in 2023 in the UK and later the US and is the one and only model which has been available so far stateside.

The people behind Pinter 3 

We thought there’s no better time to offer some insight into the Product Development team - our majestic team who embody everything about technology and Pinter innovation. Here’s a quick run through the team:

Jed - Head of Product Development. Jed has been here since the early days, developing every generation of Pinter and even its predecessors. Engineering and design are etched into Jed’s heart.

Nick - Product Design Engineer. Nick too had a huge role in the development of Pinter 3; mainly focusing on designing a number of Pinter parts and the assembling of the Pinter from initial conceptualization all the way through to mass production. Setting up manufacturing lines, making “jigs” (custom-made tools) and more are key to Nick’s day-to-day.

Ronan - Head of Technical Project Management. Ronan lives and breathes all projects… and management.

Ronan heads up the delivery off PD projects, guiding the team from each development phase to the next...the slightly less colorful but equally as important part of product development (and any other project across the company).

Greg - Head of Engineering. Greg’s responsible for overseeing all engineering calculations and validations for the product and was also personally responsible for designing the Active Pour Tap which allows users to enjoy a great serve from the first pour to the last drops.

Here's a little more insight from Greg on what the team do:

“The Pinter 3 is essentially a polymer pressure vessel which must withstand fermentation pressures onto which we add generous safety factors. It has a variable valve, safety valves and a flow control valve in the tap - all of these have to perform consistently for the product to work.

The great thing about our small Product Design team is that we are all required to deliver on multiple fronts including design, material selection, prototyping, testing, and - most fun of all - research and development of new and exciting innovations (many of which must remain a secret for now 😉).”


Mark - Head of Quality. Not only is Mark a top-quality person, he also created and now maintains our quality management system, has implemented full traceability and QA & QC processes at all key suppliers, developed and managed all Part Approvals for 113 individual components, and many other essential parts of ensuring that every Pinter manufactured comes out squeaky clean when you open your Pinter box! Mark keeps us consistent and needs an extreme attention to detail so that everything produced is in specification.

Alex Dixon, our co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer, was particularly thrilled with the award, having been at the forefront of development for each generation of Pinter. Alex conceived the idea for Pinter technology and its iterations even before Pinter 1. He is the driving force that combines brewing and product innovations for future tech and beer or cider releases. Here are his thoughts on winning the Red Dot Product Design Award:

“It's a truly proud moment for the business to receive this award, which is the culmination of a huge amount of hard work and dedication from the team to deliver such an innovative and high-quality product. The Pinter community has embraced this version of the Pinter, and the successful launch in the USA has solidified the product in the market. Being awarded a Red Dot and having our product alongside so many iconic designers and companies is a real 'pinch me' moment, and it really motivates us to continue innovating for our customers!”


The future

Awards and prestige like this give us the confidence to keep pushing the boundaries of innovation. We're thrilled to bring future innovations as the business continues to evolve. Now that you've met the Product Design team and gained insight into everyone's roles, what technology would you like to see in future iterations of Pinter?

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