It’s award season – and time to celebrate great product design

It’s award season, and over the next few months, we’ll see a number of expert panels review and recognize the best in product design.

There are plenty of different design awards to keep up with; some with a more distinct focus than others. Here are five of the awards we’ll be following:

IF Design Award 

IFThe IF Design Award covers a broad range of design disciplines with more than 60 subcategories within product, packaging, communication, interior architecture, professional concept, architecture and service design.

Product Design is the largest overall category with 19 diverse subcategories, including Automobiles/Vehicles, Industry, Public Design, and Medicine/Healthcare.

This year’s award ceremony will be held in Munich on February 26. Read more.

Danish Design Award

DDAWe’ve already pointed to the revived Danish Design Award as one of the most important initiatives for Danish design this year.

Divided into 15 categories, Danish Design Award sets out to celebrate the many different ways design creates value and creates innovative solutions.

Registration for entries has closed, and on March 14 the nominated solutions will be announced. The winners will be announced and celebrated at the award ceremony on April 7. Read more here.

reddotRed Dot Award, Product Design

The Red Dot Awards for product design is divided into 31 different categories, where the entrants will be judged on different criteria such as innovation, formal quality, functionality and ecological compatibility.

The winners will be announced at the award ceremony on July 4, and subsequently be on display at a special exhibition in the Red Dot Design Museum until July 31.

Core77 Design Awards is a gathering point for industrial designers and enthusiasts alike. The aim of the Core77 Design Awards is to recognize excellence in all areas of design, celebrating the richness of the design profession and its practitioners.

The awards cover 14 progressive categories that reflect the diversity of today’s design disciplines, ranging from consumer products to speculative concepts and design for social impact.

Registration for the awards – which offer distinction to both professional and student entries – ends on April 6. The winners are announced in June. Register or read more here.


indexThe INDEX award is presented every other year by the Danish non-profit organization INDEX: Design to improve life.

As the name implies, the award is centered around solutions that improve life. It’s split into five categories, conceptualized as challenges: Body, Home, Work, Play & Learning and Community.

To help the solutions gain traction, the winner of each category is also awarded a prize of Euro 100.000. The biannual award was last held in 2015, with the next one taking place in 2017. While we wait for the next batch of solutions to inspire, educate and engage us, check out last year’s winners here.


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