iF – World Design Guide

Each year, iF International Forum Design GmbH organizes one of the world’s most celebrated and valued design competitions: the iF DESIGN AWARD. Recognized as a symbol of design excellence around the world, the iF DESIGN AWARD welcomes over 5,000 submissions from 70 countries every year.

1953: Germany was still struggling to overcome the impact of the Second World War, at home and abroad.

A group of industry representatives led by Philip Rosenthal met with the Hannover Trade Fair company (Hannover Messe). Their aim was to draw attention to particularly well-designed industrial products. In doing so, they wanted to communicate the importance of design and all it can achieve: for users, for brands and for societies. A new image for German products began to take shape. Fitting then that the resulting association was first known as ‘Die gute Industrieform e.V.’ (Good Industrial Form). The name Industrie Forum (or iF for short) came later.

This was the start of a symbol of design excellence that is recognized to this day – the iF logo.

As the original movement looked back to the Bauhaus and its concept of ‘good form’ – a combination of ethical and aesthetic qualities – so too the iF DESIGN AWARD has long become a symbol for excellent form, for aesthetic quality, and for user-focused, ergonomic and efficient design in all disciplines, by companies around the world.

2016: Today, iF is looking towards the future. Now as never before, the future of design and the future of our entire planet are intertwined. Problems such as inequality, overconsumption and climate change have been addressed by designers before. Today and tomorrow, social responsibility is a topic that design cannot ignore. Established designers and students alike are challenged as never before to find creative solutions to the greatest problems of our time.

Our core business is organizing awards, and to this end we have created a new student award to move design forward into the future: the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD catering to young designers at the beginning of their careers.

Our reputation as one of the oldest truly independent design institutions in the world rests on our integrity, which clearly sets us apart from our competitors. Since 1953, iF e.V. has followed six guiding principles:

  • To identify, support and promote good design
  • To raise awareness of design among the public and the role it plays in our lives
  • To help companies integrate design into their long-term strategies
  • To safeguard the role of professional designer and boost awareness for this job profile
  • To effect social change through design
  • To support talented young people and create a public platform for young designers

We are confident that the coming sixty years of design will be even more exciting and more fruitful than the last sixty years. iF is honored to be a part of the history and future of design.

Website: iF – World Design Guide

Reddot Award – Design Concept

Identifying good design since 1950, the Red Dot Design Award received more than 18,000 applications in 2016. Making the competition one of the biggest and most prestigious design awards worldwide. In 2005, the award recognised the need to identify and celebrate new design concept and innovation, the precursor of tomorrow’s great product. Believing a design concept must be evaluated based on its design merit without prejudice, the award created a unprecedented platform that accept entries from companies to design students.

These entries are subjected to a “blind” adjudication where the information of the participant are hidden from the jury.  A testament to this belief, the result is a wide spectrum of winners for the Red Dot: Luminary, presented to the best concept of the year. From 2007 to 2016, the winners are Saab Automobile AB and GM Europe Design, Francesco Sommacal, Design Exchange, Agent, Philips Design, Huang Hsin Ya and Huang Pin Chen, Massey University, School of Design, College of Creative Arts, Superperdestrian, Hankook Tire, Google, Inc., and most recently, Beijing Onemile Technology.

Today, the Red Dot Award for design concept has grown to be the largest and most recognised professional design competition for design concept, prototypes ready to launch products worldwide. As the industry benchmark, this competition becomes the foundation of the Red Dot Design Ranking, published by the Red Dot Institute. The Red Dot Award: Design Concept is administered by Red Dot Singapore Pte Ltd. Every year, Red Dot Design Ranking, highlighting the top 15 companies, design studios and design institutions of different regions is now the ultimate reference for design achievement and capability. In 2017, the Red Dot Award for design concept received 4,724 entries from 58 countries.

In addition to the sheer number of participation and the illustrious list of winners, the award’s prestige is also built upon the special privilege bestowed upon winners. Today, Red Dot Design Award is the only international design award that has two large world class design museums to celebrate and showcase its winners.  Every year, the winning concepts of the Red Dot Award for design concepts is exhibited at the Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore.  The museum, together with the yearbook, the yearbook apps, the online exhibition, the travelling exhibitions and the numerous media features brings attention of millions to the achievement of the winners, making the Red Dot Award for design concepts, the definitive award to win.

In order to appraise the wide scope of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award is broken down into the three distinct disciplines: the Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. Each of the award addresses specific area of design and does not conflict with one another. The award for design concept accepts design concepts for products, services or communication designs that are not already mass produced and sold in the market at the time of submission to the competition. The award for product design accepts products that are already available in the market and the award for communication design accepts communication related design works that have already executed and published.

Website: Reddot Award: Design Concept

Core77 – Design Awards

Founded in 2011, the Core77 Design Awards champions the principles of inclusivity, innovation, and excellence. Recognizing the broad spectrum nature of the design field, the Awards program offers 14 distinct categories for entry, each further broken into dedicated sections for professionals and students. Featuring a strong global presence, honorees are chosen by international panels of design leaders for their insight, integrity, and intent. After eight highly successful seasons, the Core77 Design Awards continues to celebrate the richness of the design profession and the brilliance of its practitioners.

Recognizing excellence in all areas of design enterprise, the Core77 Design Awards annually celebrates the richness of the design profession as well as the insight and perseverance of its practitioners. Now in its eighth year, the Awards program remains dedicated to excellence and inclusivity, offering both students and professionals the opportunity to promote their best work on a global scale across 14 distinct design disciplines.

Website: Core77 – Design Awards

GDA – Good Design Award

The Good Design Award is a movement aimed at enriching our lives and society through design. Since the foundation in 1957, it has been commonly known together with the “G Mark”, the symbol of winning the award. Good Design Award has recognized various objects surrounding us, including industrial goods, architecture, software, systems, services and so on. No matter tangible or intangible, Good Design Award will take it as design, evaluate and honor its quality, as long as it is created to fulfill certain ideals or purposes.

Nowadays, in the increasingly complex society, our expectations for the role of design in solving problems and discovering new topics are evolving constantly. Through the screening and various ways of promotion, Good Design Award aims to provide support to those who have managed to identify the possibilities of design, explore what can be made happen with design, broaden the fields where design can play a role, and ultimately lead to the creation of the society where everyone can lead a rich and creative life.

Good Design Award is not a competition to judge the superiority or inferiority of the designs. Instead, it is a system to discover new things through the screening, broadly share the discoveries with the society through the use of G Mark, and thus build a bridge to the next innovation. In Good Design Award, five fundamental themes have been chosen to be the guiding ideals, which we should always keep in mind.

HUMANITY – the creativity that guides the making of things
HONESTY – the ability to clearly see the nature of modern society
INNOVATION – the vision to open up the future
ESTHETICS – the imagination to evoke a rich life and culture
ETHICS – the thoughtfulness to shape society and the environment
If you are a winner of the Good Design Award, you are able to communicate to the public that your entry is an example of society-leading good design. This will be useful in promoting your design, as well as in enhancing the image of your company. It will also provide many opportunities for communicating and promoting your design, through participating in Good Design Exhibition as well as other events. There are a variety of other merits as well, some of which are introduced here.

Website: Good Design Award

IDEA – International Design Excellence Awards

The International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is a worldwide design competition celebrating the very best in design excellence for design professionals and students.

The International Design Excellence Awards  is one of the longest-running and most prestigious design awards programs in existence.

Over 41 years the program has grown to highlight design in many connected disciplines including design strategy, branding, digital interaction and so much more.

Each year, thousands of entries are submitted by design teams across the globe, and each year the jury reviews entries across 5 criteria:

  • Design Innovation
  • Benefit to User
  • Benefit to Client/Brand
  • Benefit to Society
  • Appropriate Aesthetics