Your participation in the German Design Awards 2020

The announcement phase for the German Design Awards 2020 has begun. You want to join? Here you find all the information you need to participate in the German Design Award 2020:

German Design Award 2020
10 April 2019 Start announcement phase
10 July 2019 Registration Deadline
1-2 August 2019 Jury session
November 2019 Publication of the winners in the online gallery
7 February 2020 Award ceremony in the context of fair Ambiente 2020

The Jury

Prof. Andrea Lipp-Allrutz

Dean of Transportation Interior Design, Hochschule Reutlingen | Andrea Lipp-Allrutz studied Product Design at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle. After graduating, she worked initially at Bombardier Transportation and IFS Designatelier in Berlin. From 2001 to 2006, Lipp-Allrutz was Head of Design Interior at Neoplan Bus. Since then she has worked as a freelance designer for MAN Truck & Bus. Andrea Lipp-Allrutz has been Professor of Transportation Interior Design at Reutlingen University; in 2010 she was appointed Head of Department and since 2013 she has been vice-dean of the School of Textiles and Design.

Prof. Anke Bernotat

Folkwang University of the Arts | Founder of Bernotat&Co Design Studio | Anke Bernotat began her career with a cabinetmaker apprenticeship followed by studies in product design at the University of Wuppertal (Bergische Universität Wuppertal). After a partnership at Architektur und Design Kontor, she worked for Sir Norman Foster, Jasper Morrison and n/p/k Industrial Design (Leiden, the Netherlands). After teaching at the Design Academy Eindhoven for several years, she was appointed to the professorship in industrial design specialising in ‘Conceptualisation and Design’ at Folkwang University of the Arts. Since 2007 Ms. Bernotat has worked under her own name.

Armin Illion

Inhaber illion.markensocietaet | Armin Illion – Inhaber der 2004 gegründeten illion.markensocietaet – entwickelt starke Marken und macht Marken- und Designprozesse einfach. Zu den Klienten der Societaet gehören große und mittelständische Unternehmen sowie Stiftungen und Wirtschaftskanzleien. Betreuung nationaler und internationaler Projekte. 2014 erfolgte die Gründung des „Mir sein Seldersch e.V.“ als Corporate Identiy-Plattform für sein Heimatdorf Selters.

Arturo Dell'Acqua Bellavitis

Politecnico di Milano/Triennale di Milano | Arturo Dell'Acqua Bellavitis, architect, is presently president of the Triennale Design Museum in Milan. He is professor of Industrial Design at the Design Faculty of the Politecnico di Milano, where he has covered the role of Dean and the role of Head of the Design Department. In the field of fashion and textile research he has played an important advisory role for several Italian leading institutions. He has written books, essays and papers for international congresses.

Christian Zanzotti

Founder, ZANZOTTI INDUSTRIAL DESIGN | Italian-born Christian Zanzotti, studied industrial design at the University of Design in Munich, following which he worked for Hannes Wettstein and then for IDEO. In 2013 he established the ZANZOTTI INDUSTRIAL DESIGN studio in Munich. The fields in which he is involved range from the automotive and mobility sector to furniture, consumer goods and lifestyle products. Christian’s work is notable for his passion for technology, innovation and materials, as well as his careful analyses and willingness to experiment. In 2014 he received the German Design Award "Newcomer of the Year" from the German Design Council.

Christine Matz

Senior Designer, Tatic Designstudio | After her diploma in product design at the HfG Offenbach and subsequent cooperation with German and Italian design studios, she began her collaboration with Tatic Designstudio 2010. It was there that she specialised in brand-shaping product design in the fields of sports lifestyle, architectural components, household and FMCGs, and went on to win numerous international awards with her team.

Dina Gallo

Head of Design Management, TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG | Dina Gallo studied industrial design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design (Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart). She was also the head of Design Management at HANSA Metallwerke AG. During this period she completed her MBA at Steinbeis University in Berlin. As an instructor in the Product Design programme, she also supervised various projects at the University of Design (Hochschule für Gestaltung) in Schwäbisch Gmünd. In 2012 she became the Head of Design Management of the TRUMPF Group.

Prof. Dr. Erik Spiekermann

Edenspiekermann AG | Erik Spiekermann – typesetter, printer, art historian, information designer, typeface designer and specialist author, Prof & Dr. (honorary) Founder of MetaDesign '79, FontShop '89. Federal Award from the German Design Council for his life's work in 2011. Today Edenspiekermann AG Berlin, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Los Angeles and galerie p98a, experimental workshop for digital-analogue letterpress.

Felix Heck

Head of Office, Samsung Design Europe | Felix Heck is a German product designer with a high-profile agency background in TV, mobile, and sanitary design. After entering an exclusive partnership with Samsung Electronics as Master Designer in 2007, Heck has been appointed Head of Office at Samsung Design Europe in central London with a satellite studio in Milan in 2014, from where he oversees the European design activities of Samsung. Heck holds a Diploma in Industrial Design from Pforzheim University – School of Design, is father of two sons and lives/works between London, Munich, Milan and Seoul.

Gemma Riberti

Director, WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors | Gemma is Director at WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors. She brings over 12 years of experience within the interior trends and research fields, and oversees the design and product development directions with an eye to color, design and print. A graduate of Milan’s Politecnico, she is based in London and comes from trend service Stylesight, having previously worked with A+A Design Studio and Studio Contrepoint among others.

Georg Ruhrmann

Deputy studio manager of the DESIGNSTUDIO of EDAG Engineering GmbH | After studying Industrial Design at University of Applied Arts, Saarbrücken, Germany (HBKSaar) Georg Ruhrmann initially worked for eckard design GmbH. Since 1992, he has been responsible for the development of design strategies, design concepts, and design innovations at the DESIGNSTUDIO of EDAG Engineering GmbH. Since 2006, he has been deputy head of the studio, managing the worldwide design activities.

Hanne Willmann

Founder, Studio Hanne Willmann | Hanne Willmann is a multidisciplinary Designer based in Berlin, focusing on Product Design and Creative Direction. Hannes core competencies lie in the areas of furniture, lights and tableware. The inventive designs are characterized by her deep passion for details and the high value placed on aesthetic appeal. After studying at the University of the Arts in Berlin and Elisava in Barcelona, Hanne worked for the design studio Autoban in Istanbul and for Werner Aisslinger in Berlin, before she founded her own studio in 2015. In the same year she was selected as "Design Talent of the Year 2015" by A&W Magazine, followed by the German Design Award "Newcomer Finalist 2016". Since 2017 she is lecturing at the University of the Arts, Berlin.

Prof. Hartmut Raiser

Professor of Interior Design, University of Darmstadt | RAISERLOPES Architekten//Innenarchitekten | Hartmut A. Raiser was born in 1956 in Reutlingen. Between 1978 and 1980 he
 completed a craftsman’s apprenticeship before beginning his Architectural Studies at Stuttgart University. In 1988 he founded a design and interior 
design studio in Stuttgart, which, after his marriage to Kristina Lopes,
 the couple now runs as RAISERLOPES Architekten//Innenarchitekten. Hartmut A. Raiser
 specialises in national and international shop and showroom projects. He is also planning housing and exhibition concepts. Since 1998 Hartmut A. Raiser teaches Interior Design at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.

Jianjun Xie

President & Creative Advisor, Dongdao Creative Branding Group | Jianjun Xie earned his master’s degree from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts. In 1997, he founded Dongdao Design in Beijing and has headed the company ever since. Under his guidance, Dongdao has evolved to become a leading creative branding and development consultancy. Jianjun Xie is a member of numerous design associations, and has received many prestigious awards.

Johann Dück

Design Director, JOMOO Group | In 2003, after studying Industrial Design at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, Johann Dück joined Phoenix Design as a Design Team Manager (et al) with a focus on user-centric and brand-typical design, influencing the look and feel of many international companies. In parallel to this, from 2009 to 2013, he supervised projects at the Academy of Communication in Stuttgart as a lecturer in methodology and design conception. He has been heading Jomoo’s design team in Munich since 2017 and has a significant influence on the design strategy of the international group.

Jutta Werner

Designer and Head of the interdisciplinary Design Agency NOMAD | After studying architecture at the HFBK Hamburg, Jutta Werner started her own business as a 25-year-old. Since then, she has designed and curated for clients such as Dedon, Ligne Roset, JAB Anstoetz and Vorwerk. Her trademark is the aesthetics of simplicity, her aim is to stage something special. With creative foresight and constancy, the Hamburg resident shapes projects worldwide and shapes brands. As head of NOMAD the multiple award winner designs products for well-known manufacturers and under her own label.

Katrin Menne

Head of Brand Management, Merck | Katrin Menne studied graphic design and design theory and management at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, the Rietveld Akademie Amsterdam and the Pforzheim School of Design. She subsequently worked as a consultant in the field of brand strategy and management for various agencies and consultancies and was responsible for medium-sized companies and blue chip corporations. She has been Head of Brand Management for the brand communications and design team at the science and technology company Merck since 2017.

Lukas Cottrell

General Manager, Peter Schmidt Group GmbH | Lukas Cottrell studied economics at Berlin’s Freie Universität. He later worked as the Executive Director at Landor Associates and Executive Director/Head of Strategy at Future Brand. As a management and marketing consultant with the Peter Schmidt Group, Cottrell has extensive experience in developing forward-looking strategies which transform brands and drive markets.

Prof. Mark Braun

Studio Mark Braun | Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar | Mark Braun studied industrial design at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, the Design Academy Eindhoven and the University of Art and Design Halle. After completing his studies, he founded his own design studio in 2006 in Berlin and he has already received the German Design Award a number of times for his work for well-known international companies. Mark Braun has also made a name for himself in teaching: from 2007 to 2010, he worked at the University of Art and Design Halle as an artistic associate in the field of industrial design/strategic product and concept development, and in 2015 he was a visiting lecturer at the ECAL, École cantonale d'art de Lausanne. Since 2015, he has held the post of Professor for Product Design/Industrial Design at the HBKsaar.

Prof. Markus Weisbeck

Graphic Designer and Art Director, Surface | Markus Weisbeck was born in 1965. He is a graphic designer and art director based in Frankfurt am Main and Weimar. He founded the Design-Studio Surface. He has lectured and participated in numerous international conferences on design related subjects and has been teaching as Professor for Grafik Design at Bauhaus in Weimar. Since 2013 he is an official member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale. He established "The Space for Visual Research" as a workshop and laboratory for experimental research into new graphic, abstract and visual worlds at the Bauhaus-University Weimar in 2013.

Mårten Claesson

Architect and Designer, founder and co-owner Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects | After studying at the Vasa Technical College in Stockholm and at the Parsons School of Design in New York, Mårten Claesson graduated in 1994 with an MFA degree from Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. In 1995 he co-founded the internationally renowned Swedish architecture and design partnership Claesson Koivisto Rune. Mårten Claesson is also a writer and lecturer.

Matthias Wagner K

Director of the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt/Main | Honorary Professor at the HfG Offenbach | Matthias Wagner K is regarded as a specialist in Nordic culture. In 2009 he directed the first Nordic Fashion Biennale in Reykjavik, in 2011 he was the chief curator for the art and cultur programme Sagenhaftes Island, Iceland’s Guest of Honour appearance at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and most recently curated the exhibition Jil Sander. Present tence.

Dr. Michael Peters

Managing Partner, Peters’ Projects GmbH | Dr. Michael Peters studied marketing communication at Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences and subsequently completed a business degree at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main. In 1979 he began his professional career as an assistant to the management at Messe Frankfurt GmbH, where he became the managing director in 1993. Since 2010 Peters has been offering clients in the trade, trade show and industrial sectors comprehensive brand management via his company Peters’ Projects.

Michael Kruza

Telekom Design, Deutsche Telekom AG |After studying business administration, Michael Kruza started in 2007 as a product manager in the innovation sector of Telekom. In 2009, he moved to the newly founded Design Department to help shape its development and create consistent customer focus in innovation and product development. Since 2018, he has been working as team leader Design/User Experience in the Innovation Hub of Telekom.

Michael Thomson

Founder and Director, Design Connect | Trained in 3D design in Northern Ireland and Germany, Michael Thomson established Design Connect in London in 1995. Michael also works with leading design consultancies. He is a former Board member of Icsid and President of BEDA. Michael was appointed inaugural, ‘Japan Design Ambassador’ by JIDPO; is an Honorary Fellow of Aalto University, Helsinki, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts by the University of Brighton in 2014.

Prof. Mike Richter

Design Faculty, Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences | Co-founder of icon mobile group | Mike Richter is professor at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and the co-founder of iconmobile group, an international management consultancy for design, marketing and innovation, as well as banbutsu, a firm specialised in the Internet of Things (IOT). In 2001, Richter left the management of MetaDesign and launched and managed the mobile telephony section of the Lost Boys/Iconmedialab Group. Richter has a degree in industrial design and holds a master’s degree in design planning.

Moni Wolf

Design Director, Microsoft Devices Group | Moni Wolf currently heads the design team at Microsoft Devices. From 2009 to 2011 she was the principal creative director for the Microsoft Mobile Platform. From 2011 to 2014 she led the development of products for Microsoft’s XBOX team and Microsoft latest generation of consumer devices. Prior to joining Microsoft, she was the director of design for Motorola’s iDEN mobile devices.

Nicolette Naumann

Vice President Ambiente/Tendence, Messe Frankfurt GmbH | Nicolette Naumann came to Messe Frankfurt having just finished her university degree in educational studies and sociology. After working as the press officer for textile trade shows, facility manager for consumer goods trade shows and business unit manager for innovation management, she became the business unit manager for the consumer goods trade shows Ambiente and Tendence in 2002. As well as being responsible for the ambience, Nicolette Naumann is currently involved with Interior Lifestyle trade fairs in Shanghai, New Delhi and Tokyo.

Nina Bruun

Founder, Nina Bruun Creative Consultancy | Nina Bruun is a Danish designer based in Copenhagen. In 2006 she graduated from Royal Danish Academy of Design with a Master’s degree in Product and Interior designs. Now she runs her own company called Nina Bruun Creative Consultancy. She believes that the perception of a brand can strategically be influenced by the right use of visual storytelling, trends and colors. With commercial insight, experience and personal passion, Bruun and her team offer customised solutions on how to improve the visual expression based on brand position and market scope. By determining upcoming trends, turning these into products and finally putting them in the right aesthetic context, they guide their clients all the way.

Prof. Philipp Thesen

Professor Design Department, Darmstadt University | A designer and a strategist, Philipp Thesen is among the most prominent pioneers in the fields of strategic design and of the digital transformation of products, processes and business models. He is a design professor specialised in human-system-interaction at the Design Department of Darmstadt University. As the previous Chief Design at Deutsche Telekom, Philipp Thesen was responsible for the design of all the company’s products and digital services, and also for the design strategy and the worldwide implementation of design principles in over 20 countries.

Sabine Loeser-Schoeps

Managing Director, LS Interiors | Sabine Loeser-Schoeps studied interior design in Florence and Hamburg, and founded LS Interiors in 2010. From 2005 to 2010 she served as project manager and design manager at Ramseier&Associates, Switzerland’s leading architecture and interior design firm. There, she worked on many successful projects such as the construction and interior design of various private apartments and residences, the remodelling of corporate head offices, the development of corporate architecture and design concepts, and modernisation and rebuilding of shopping centres.

Silvia Olp

Head of Communications, Phoenix Design (Stuttgart/Munich/Shanghai) | Silvia Olp is head of communications at Phoenix Design. She is on the executive board of aed e.V. in Stuttgart and initiator of the aed neuland competition. For many years she headed the PR and Marketing department at burkhardt leitner constructiv. Via her consulting firm Silvia Olp Public Relations, she advised design agencies and other clients in the design sector on PR and marketing activities. Moreover, she worked as a studio manager for renowned photographers.

Susanne Brandherm

brandherm + krumrey interior architecture | Susanne Brandherm studied interior architecture at Detmold University of Applied Sciences. Susanne Brandherm and Sabine Krumrey founded their company brandherm + krumrey interior architecture in 1999. With offices in Cologne and Hamburg, they undertake national and international projects. Susanne Brandherm is the winner of the 2013 INsider Award. She became a member of the board of trustees of the trade show organisation architect@work Germany in 2012. From 2013 to 2015 she taught design at Trier University of Applied Sciences.

Ralf Schwoebel

CEO and founder, orga.zone AG | Ralf Schwoebel published his first commercial computer game in 1988 at the age of 15. He is creating cutting edge internet solutions for sales and marketing since 1995. In 2015 he sold his online marketplace "Tradebit" to an US investor and focusses on the development of business apps since then. Vice chancellor Philipp Rösler appointed him as a core member for the "Young Digital Economy" advisory board to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs of Germany in 2013.

Ryutaro Yoshida

Founder, Time & Style | Ryutaro Yoshida founded Interior brand Time & Style in Japan. The stores are located in Tokyo, Amsterdam and Shanghai. The furniture made from domestic wood is crafted at their factory in Hokkaido. Starting with sawing logs, every step of the manufacturing process takes place in-house. Products made from ceramic, lacquerware or glass etc. are created in collaboration with artisans who are proficient in Japanese craft techniques that have been passed down through generations. With the integration of lifestyle rooted in tradition into the modern daily life as its concept, the brand strives for authentic Japanese craftsmanship.

Virginia Lung

Founder, One Plus Partnership | Virginia Lung has won over 500 awards for her cinemas, restaurants, retails, club houses, and sales offices. Her achievements include 10 Germany Iconic Design Awards, the most Best of Best Awards in history; Frame Awards - Cinema of the Year; 15 iF Design Awards and 2 Gold Awards; 25 US IIDA Awards, with Best of Competition; US Best of Year Awards - Best in 10 Award; Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Award. She adjudicated for INSIDE Festival, NeoCon, and K-Design Award. Her projects were exhibited internationally, including Venice Biennale.

Volker Stengele

stengele + cie. | Volker Stengele studied architecture at the University of Applied Sciences, Stuttgart and Conceptual Design at the Academy of Fine Arts - Städelschule, Frankfurt. In 2002, he founded the design and architecture office stengele+cie. and since then has been developing international projects in the fields of architecture and brand communication, which have been nominated and awarded for various prizes. Volker Stengele is a member of the German Designer Club and is regularly invited as a juror or guest lecturer.

Categories

Participation in the German Design Awards is possible in the following categories:

  • Excellent Product Design
  • Bath and Wellness

    Bathroom and sanitary ware, bathroom fittings, sanitary technology, bathroom furniture and fixtures, bathroom accessories, saunas, solariums, whirlpools, body care products, other

     

    Buildings and Elements

    Building equipment, windows, doors, stairs, banisters and handrails, house and building automation, house and door labelling, security and access systems, surveillance cameras and systems, smoke detection systems, walls/ floors/ceilings, acoustic solutions, door and window fittings, switches and switch systems, mailboxes, garages, gates, escalators, lifts, controls for products in this category, other

     

    Kitchen

    Kitchens, kitchen furniture, kitchen fittings, electrical appliances, accessories, cooking equipment, ovenware, other

     

    Tabletop

    Dishes, cutlery, accessories and decorations, other

     

    Household

    Household appliances, large electric appliances, household items, air and water filtering units, humidifiers, waste systems, other

     

    Design Classics and Re-editions

    Design Classics, Re-editions and Redesigns

     

    Furniture

    Living, sleeping and seating furniture, children's and special furniture, other

     

    Lifestyle and Fashion

    Fashion, bags, suitcases, travel gear, head coverings, glasses and sunglasses, other

     

    Home Textiles and Home Accessories

    Home textiles, upholstery fabrics and leathers, decorative fabrics, wallpapers, wall and home decorations, home accessories, other

     

    Gardening and Outdoor Living

    Garden furniture, gardening tools and products as well as equipment, garden accessories, sunscreens, furnishings for conservatories, grills and barbecues, other

     

    Sports, Outdoor Activities and Leisure

    Sports equipment and products, sportswear, tents, backpacks, binoculars, flashlights and forehead flashlights, night vision devices, outdoor clothing, outdoor and trekking equipment, games, hobby and craft supplies, recreation equipment and products, fitness equipment and products, musical instruments, products for animals, other

     

    Baby and Child Care

    Products for babies and children, baby and child care products, baby and children’s toys, play equipment, baby carriages, schoolbags and accessories, other

     

    Luxury Goods

    Luxury accessories, jewellery, watches, other

     

    Computer and Communication

    Computers, notebooks, tablets, network and conference technology, storage media, NAS, server systems, printers, copiers, scanners, smartphones, telephones and telephone systems, charging stations, recording and playback equipment, peripheral devices and accessories for Computers and communication devices, cameras and equipment, other

     

    Entertainment

    Consumer electronics, microphones, headphones, loudspeakers, audio equipment, amplifiers, televisions, recording and playback equipment, beamers, sound systems, event technology, stagecraft, sound engineering, lasers and effects, multiroom systems, docking stations, video game consoles, e-readers, cameras and equipment, other

     

    Human-Machine-Interface

    Interface design and controls as an integral part of a product, other

     

    Material and Surfaces

    Materials and raw materials, material innovations, surfaces, innovative textiles (technical and ornamental), otherBuilding and Elements Building equipment, windows, doors, stairs, banisters and handrails, house and building automation, house and door labelling, security and access systems, surveillance cameras and systems, smoke detection systems, walls/floors/ceilings, acoustic solutions, door and window fittings, switches and switch systems, mailboxes, garages, gates, escalators, lifts, controls for products in this category, other

     

    Energy

    Energy technology, heating systems, radiators, ovens of all kinds, air conditioning systems, ventilation systems, solar energy installations, furnaces and boilers, other

     

    Industry

    Machines and facilities, components, control technology, materials handling technology, robotics, safety technology, timing systems, logistics systems, machines, semi-finished products, work and protective clothing, industrial packaging, other

     

    Workshop and Tools

    Tools, workshop equipment, measurement and testing technology, special products, other

     

    Medical, Rehabilitation and Health Care

    Medical equipment, medical technology, medical and orthopaedic assistive devices, optics and optical equipment, laboratory technology, practice and hospital furnishings, laboratory furniture, assisted technology and assisted living, other

     

    Lighting

    Residential and workplace lighting, recessed and exterior lighting, lighting systems, lamps, special lighting, street lighting, lighting technology, other

     

    Office Furniture

    Office furniture and office furniture systems, conference furniture, partitions, acoustic elements, furniture and space solutions for special rooms, other

     

    Stationery

    Writing and plotting instruments, office accessories and equipment, filing and classification systems, presentation systems, papers, hobby and craft supplies, other

     

    Retail

    Sales and product display systems, cash register systems, terminals, displays, return systems, other

     

    Conceptional Transportation

    Passenger and commercial vehicles, motor homes, caravans, trailers, agricultural vehicles, aeroplanes and aircraft, helicopters, water and hybrid vehicles, railed vehicles, motorcycles and rollers, vehicles for local public transportation, special vehicles, other

     

    Aviation, Maritime and Railway

    Aeroplanes and aircraft, helicopters, water and hybrid vehicles, railed vehicles, vehicles for local public transportation, vehicle components, vehicle interiors and furnishings, navigation systems, other

     

    Automotive Parts and Accessories

    Automotive equipment, vehicle components, vehicle interiors and furnishings, navigation systems, other

     

    Motorcycles

    Motorcycles and rollers, automotive equipment, vehicle components, vehicle interiors and furnishings, navigation systems, other

     

    Passenger Vehicles

    Passenger and commercial vehicles, motor homes, caravans, trailers, agricultural vehicles, special vehicles, automotive equipment, vehicle components, vehicle interiors and furnishings, navigation systems, other

     

    Public Design

    Urban and street furniture, kiosks, advertising columns, displays and advertising media, shelters, stops and stations, park furniture, waste and lighting systems, other

     

    Utility Vehicles

    Agricultural vehicles, special vehicles, automotive equipment (luggage racks etc.), vehicle components, vehicle interiors and furnishings, navigation systems, other

     

    Bicycles and E-Bikes

    Mountain bikes, racing bikes, crossbikes, urban and E-Bikes, pedelecs, children’s bikes, trekking bikes, special bikes, other

     

    Service Design

    Non-visible performance processes, which can be visualized and experienced through a special design creativity.

     

    Universal Design

    In addition to the categories listed, all products and projects can be submitted to the competition in a superordinate »Universal Design« category. All products and projects are addressed, which are characterised by the following points:

    • Barrier-free usability - As many people as possible should be able to use the product, no matter what skills they have.
    • Flexible usage - Consideration of individual preferences of the users (for example of right and left-handers).
    • Intuitive operation - A product should be easy and intuitive to operate according to the abilities of the user (e.g., ability to speak, comprehension or age).
    • Risk minimisation in the application
    • Demand - The effort required for operation or handling should be adequate.
    • Use and access - Ingredients should be designed so that they are equally usable by every user.
  • Excellent Communications Design
  • Audiovisual

    Music videos, image and advertising videos, commercials, trailers, virals, television design (e. g. broadcast stations, programmes), sound design, animation, other

     

    Interactive User Experience

    Interactive media, software applications, game and interface design, connectivity, augmented reality, other

     

    Online Publications

    Digital magazines, ebooks, newsletters, digital annual reports, other

     

    Design Classics and Re-editions

    Design Classics, Re-editions and Redesigns

     

    Web

    Websites and microsites, blogs, online shops, other

     

    Apps

    Education, books, services, health, fitness, music, news, navigation, travel, social networking, games, sports, entertainment, shopping, other

     

    Game Design

    PC and console games, game apps, etc

     

    Integrated Campaigns and Advertising

    Online advertising (e. g. advertisements, banners, internet television, screensavers), campaigns, cross media and outdoor media, print advertising, mailings, dialogue media, concepts, other

     

    Packaging

    Product packaging and outer product packaging, food and beverage packaging, tags, bottle labels, cans, bags, CD/DVD/disc covers, other

     

    Corporate Identity

    Corporate identity, corporate design, corporate films, corporate events, corporate publishing, corporate manuals, corporate books, corporate fashion, corporate architecture, brand slogans and symbols, logos, signets, key visuals, other

     

    Brand Identity

    Brand identity, brand design, brand films, brand events, brand publishing, brand manuals, brand fashion, brand architecture, brand signet, other

     

    Books and Calendars

    Books (e. g. literature, nonfiction, photobooks, children’s books), digital books, corporate books, art books, calendars (e. g. wall and pocket calendars), digital calendars, other

     

    Editorial

    Newspapers, journals and magazines, financial statements and annual reports, catalogues and product catalogues, brochures, manuals, other

     

    Official Documents

    Stamps, private and official documents, identification cards, customer club cards, memberships, bank notes, debit and credit cards, other

     

    Posters, Cards and Photography

    Posters and placards of all kinds, postcards, artistic photography, advertising and fashion photography, photojournalism, event photography, industrial and architectural photography, other

     

    Typography

    Fonts, font families, other

     

    Event

    Events, award ceremonies, congresses, press events, seminars, incentives, product launches, road shows, concerts, otherEventEvents, award ceremonies, congresses, press events, seminars, incentives, product launches, road shows, concerts, other

     

    Service Design

    Non-visible performance processes, which can be visualized and experienced through a special design creativity.

     

    Universal Design

    In addition to the categories listed, all products and projects can be submitted to the competition in a superordinate »Universal Design« category. All products and projects are addressed, which are characterised by the following points:

    • Barrier-free usability - As many people as possible should be able to use the product, no matter what skills they have.
    • Flexible usage - Consideration of individual preferences of the users (for example of right and left-handers).
    • Intuitive operation - A product should be easy and intuitive to operate according to the abilities of the user (e.g., ability to speak, comprehension or age).
    • Risk minimisation in the application
    • Demand - The effort required for operation or handling should be adequate.
    • Use and access - Ingredients should be designed so that they are equally usable by every user.
  • Excellent Architecture
  • Architecture

    Buildings of all kinds (residential houses, public buildings, industrial and corporate buildings, religious buildings, museums, hotels, etc.), temporary architecture, other

     

    Conceptional Architecture

    Construction concepts, architectural concepts, building projects under construction, landscape architecture, other

     

    Interior Architecture

    Interior design, hotels, spa and wellness, restaurants, bars, cafés, lounges, libraries, medical practices, offices, other

     

    Retail Architecture

    Brand spaces, shops, concept stores, flagship stores, showrooms, department stores, malls, other

     

    Signage and Wayfinding

    Indoor and outdoor signage systems: Cities, public buildings, office and commercial buildings, shopping malls, residential buildings, etc.

     

    Fair and Exhibition

    Exhibitions, temporary architecture, trade-fair architecture, trade-fair stands and appearances, scenography, installations, other

     

    Urban Space and Infrastructure

    Urban planning and design, landscape architecture, urban parks, public spaces, playgrounds, infrastructure and transportation facilities, bridges, other

     

    Service Design

    Non-visible performance processes, which can be visualized and experienced through a special design creativity.

     

    Universal Design

    In addition to the categories listed, all products and projects can be submitted to the competition in a superordinate »Universal Design« category. All products and projects are addressed, which are characterised by the following points:

    • Barrier-free usability - As many people as possible should be able to use the product, no matter what skills they have.
    • Flexible usage - Consideration of individual preferences of the users (for example of right and left-handers).
    • Intuitive operation - A product should be easy and intuitive to operate according to the abilities of the user (e.g., ability to speak, comprehension or age).
    • Risk minimisation in the application
    • Demand - The effort required for operation or handling should be adequate.
    • Use and access - Ingredients should be designed so that they are equally usable by every user.

Announcement documents

All information on fees and services can be found in our announcement documents (PDF file):

Registration and Service fees

Below you will find a list of all registration and service fees when you participate in the German Design Awards 2020.

  • Category »Excellent Product Design«
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    Registration fees

    • € 290,00 - Registration for the contest per project 
    • € 240,00 - Registration by 24 May 2019

    plus an organisational fee for handling projects for the jury session:

    • € 150,00 - Preparation of digital data
    • € 100,00 - Size S (length/width/height each up to 1 m and max. 20 kg)
    • € 160,00 - Size M (length/width/height each up to 2 m and max. 100 kg)
    • € 240,00 - Size L (length/width/height each up to 3 m and max. 200 kg)
    • € 490,00 - Size XL (length/width/height) each above 3 m and above 200 kg)

    All prices are per submitted entry, plus the legally applicable value-added tax. The registration of the project in the second or third categorie is free of charge. When submitting the submission multiple times fall for the second and / or third category additional organisational fees. An additional late fee amounting to € 140.00 will be charged for entries registered after 10 July 2019.

  • Optional »Nominee-Package«

    The Nominee Package offers you a first-class opportunity to generate media attention. Promote your nomination actively in order to communicate your brand competence effectively.

    The Nominee Package lets you use the official nominee label for your communication and the application of the nominated project. You can also order various products from our Marketing Services offer, such as acrylic glass certificates and cuboids. You will also receive two personalised nominee documents.

    € 1.990,00 pro Package zzgl. MwSt

  • Award »Special Mention«

    The award includes:

    • Label - Use of the Special Mention label for your communication measures.
    • Gallery - Presentation of the entry with short text, photo and contact details in the online gallery
    • Award - Receipt of two personalised winners' documents.
    • Exhibition - Digital presentation of the winning entry in the German Design Award – Excellent Product Design exhibition.
    • Catalogue - One-sided presentation in the catalogue. One copy per entrant.
    • Award ceremony - Exclusive access to our Winner Lounge, receipt of your personal documents and possibility for a professional winner photo.
    • Public relations - The German Design Council provides basic public relation activities for everything pertaining to the German Design Awards.
    • Social Media - The German Design Council provides basic social media communication and content marketing for everything pertaining to the German Design Awards.

    € 3.350,00 per award and excl. VAT

  • Award »Winner«

    The award includes:

    • Label - Use of the Winner label for your communication measures.
    • Gallery - Presentation of the entry with short text, photo and contact details in the online gallery.
    • Award - Receipt of two personalised winners' documents.
    • Exhibition - Digital presentation of the winning entry in the German Design Award – Excellent Product Design exhibition.
    • Catalogue - One-sided presentation in the catalogue. One copy per entrant.
    • Award ceremony - Exclusive access to our Winner Lounge, receipt of your personal documents and possibility for a professional winner photo.
    • Public relations - The German Design Council provides comprehensive public relation activities for everything pertaining to the German Design Awards.
    • Social Media - The German Design Council provides comprehensive social media communication and content marketing for everything pertaining to the German Design Awards.

    € 3.850,00 per award and excl. VAT

  • Award »Gold«

    The award includes:

    • Label - Use of the Winner label for your communication measures.
    • Gallery - Presentation of the entry with short text, photo and contact details in the online gallery.
    • Award - Receipt of two personalised winners' documents.
    • Exhibition - Physical presentation of the winning entry in the German Design Awards – Excellent Product Design exhibition.
    • Catalogue - Two-sided presentation in the catalogue. One copy per entrant.
    • Award ceremony - Exclusive access to our Winner Lounge, possibility to receive your personal document and prize sculpture on stage and for a professional winner photo.
    • Public relations - The German Design Council provides exclusive public relation activities for everything pertaining to the German Design Award.
    • Social Media - The German Design Council provides exclusive social media communication and content marketing for everything pertaining to the German Design Awards. Digital presentation of the winning project from the award show for you to use on your own content channels.

    € 4.650,00 per award and excl. VAT plus an organisational fee for the presentation of the Gold winning project in the exhibition: Size S: included in the package/Size M: € 200,00/Size L: € 600,00/Size XL: € 1.200,00

  • Category »Excellent Communications Design«
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    Registration fees

    • € 230,00 - Registration for the contest per project 
    • € 180,00 - Registration by 24 May 2019

    plus an organisational fee for handling projects for the jury session:

    • € 150,00 - Preparation of digital data
    • € 100,00 - Size S (length/width/height each up to 1 m and max. 20 kg)
    • € 160,00 - Size M (length/width/height each up to 2 m and max. 100 kg)
    • € 240,00 - Size L (length/width/height each up to 3 m and max. 200 kg)
    • € 490,00 - Size XL (length/width/height) each above 3 m and above 200 kg)

    All prices are per submitted entry, plus the legally applicable value-added tax. The registration of the project in the second or third categorie is free of charge. When submitting the submission multiple times fall for the second and / or third category additional organisational fees. An additional late fee amounting to € 140.00 will be charged for entries registered after 10 July 2019.

  • Optional »Nominee-Package«

    The Nominee Package offers you a first-class opportunity to generate media attention. Promote your nomination actively in order to communicate your brand competence effectively.

    The Nominee Package lets you use the official nominee label for your communication and the application of the nominated project. You can also order various products from our Marketing Services offer, such as acrylic glass certificates and cuboids. You will also receive two personalised nominee documents.

    € 1.660,00 pro Package zzgl. MwSt

  • Award »Special Mention«

    The award includes:

    • Label - Use of the Special Mention label for your communication measures.
    • Gallery - Presentation of the entry with short text, photo and contact details in the online gallery
    • Award - Receipt of two personalised winners' documents.
    • Exhibition - Digital presentation of the winning entry in the German Design Award – Excellent Communications Design exhibition.
    • Catalogue - One-sided presentation in the catalogue. One copy per entrant.
    • Award ceremony - Exclusive access to our Winner Lounge, receipt of your personal documents and possibility for a professional winner photo.
    • Public relations - The German Design Council provides basic public relation activities for everything pertaining to the German Design Awards.
    • Social Media - The German Design Council provides basic social media communication and content marketing for everything pertaining to the German Design Awards.

    € 2.280,00 per award and excl. VAT

  • Award »Winner«

    The award includes:

    • Label - Use of the Winner label for your communication measures.
    • Gallery - Presentation of the entry with short text, photo and contact details in the online gallery.
    • Award - Receipt of two personalised winners' documents.
    • Exhibition - Digital presentation of the winning entry in the German Design Award – Excellent Communications Design exhibition.
    • Catalogue - One-sided presentation in the catalogue. One copy per entrant.
    • Award ceremony - Exclusive access to our Winner Lounge, receipt of your personal documents and possibility for a professional winner photo.
    • Public relations - The German Design Council provides comprehensive public relation activities for everything pertaining to the German Design Awards.
    • Social Media - The German Design Council provides comprehensive social media communication and content marketing for everything pertaining to the German Design Awards.

    € 2.580,00 per award and excl. VAT

  • Award »Gold«

    The award includes:

    • Label - Use of the Winner label for your communication measures.
    • Gallery - Presentation of the entry with short text, photo and contact details in the online gallery.
    • Award - Receipt of two personalised winners' documents.
    • Exhibition - Physical presentation of the winning entry in the German Design Awards – Excellent Communications Design exhibition.
    • Catalogue - Two-sided presentation in the catalogue. One copy per entrant.
    • Award ceremony - Exclusive access to our Winner Lounge, possibility to receive your personal document and prize sculpture on stage and for a professional winner photo.
    • Public relations - The German Design Council provides exclusive public relation activities for everything pertaining to the German Design Award.
    • Social Media - The German Design Council provides exclusive social media communication and content marketing for everything pertaining to the German Design Awards. Digital presentation of the winning project from the award show for you to use on your own content channels.

    € 2.980,00 per award and excl. VAT plus an organisational fee for the presentation of the Gold winning project in the exhibition: Size S: included in the package/Size M: € 200,00/Size L: € 600,00/Size XL: € 1.200,00

  • Category »Excellent Architecture«
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    Registration fees

    • € 230,00 - Registration for the contest per project 
    • € 180,00 - Registration by 24 May 2019

    plus an organisational fee for handling projects for the jury session:

    • € 150,00 - Preparation of digital data
    • € 100,00 - Size S (length/width/height each up to 1 m and max. 20 kg)
    • € 160,00 - Size M (length/width/height each up to 2 m and max. 100 kg)
    • € 240,00 - Size L (length/width/height each up to 3 m and max. 200 kg)
    • € 490,00 - Size XL (length/width/height) each above 3 m and above 200 kg)

    All prices are per submitted entry, plus the legally applicable value-added tax. The registration of the project in the second or third categorie is free of charge. When submitting the submission multiple times fall for the second and / or third category additional organisational fees. An additional late fee amounting to € 140.00 will be charged for entries registered after 10 July 2019.

  • Optional »Nominee-Package«

    The Nominee Package offers you a first-class opportunity to generate media attention. Promote your nomination actively in order to communicate your brand competence effectively.

    The Nominee Package lets you use the official nominee label for your communication and the application of the nominated project. You can also order various products from our Marketing Services offer, such as acrylic glass certificates and cuboids. You will also receive two personalised nominee documents.

    € 1.660,00 pro Package zzgl. MwSt

  • Award »Special Mention«

    The award includes:

    • Label - Use of the Special Mention label for your communication measures.
    • Gallery - Presentation of the entry with short text, photo and contact details in the online gallery
    • Award - Receipt of two personalised winners' documents.
    • Exhibition - Digital presentation of the winning entry in the German Design Award – Excellent Architecture exhibition.
    • Catalogue - One-sided presentation in the catalogue. One copy per entrant.
    • Award ceremony - Exclusive access to our Winner Lounge, receipt of your personal documents and possibility for a professional winner photo.
    • Public relations - The German Design Council provides basic public relation activities for everything pertaining to the German Design Awards.
    • Social Media - The German Design Council provides basic social media communication and content marketing for everything pertaining to the German Design Awards.

    € 2.680,00 per award and excl. VAT

  • Award »Winner«

    The award includes:

    • Label - Use of the Winner label for your communication measures.
    • Gallery - Presentation of the entry with short text, photo and contact details in the online gallery.
    • Award - Receipt of two personalised winners' documents.
    • Exhibition - Digital presentation of the winning entry in the German Design Award – Excellent Architecture exhibition.
    • Catalogue - One-sided presentation in the catalogue. One copy per entrant.
    • Award ceremony - Exclusive access to our Winner Lounge, receipt of your personal documents and possibility for a professional winner photo.
    • Public relations - The German Design Council provides comprehensive public relation activities for everything pertaining to the German Design Awards.
    • Social Media - The German Design Council provides comprehensive social media communication and content marketing for everything pertaining to the German Design Awards.

    € 2.980,00 per award and excl. VAT

  • Award »Gold«

    The award includes:

    • Label - Use of the Winner label for your communication measures.
    • Gallery - Presentation of the entry with short text, photo and contact details in the online gallery.
    • Award - Receipt of two personalised winners' documents.
    • Exhibition - Physical presentation of the winning entry in the German Design Awards – Excellent Architecture exhibition.
    • Catalogue - Two-sided presentation in the catalogue. One copy per entrant.
    • Award ceremony - Exclusive access to our Winner Lounge, possibility to receive your personal document and prize sculpture on stage and for a professional winner photo.
    • Public relations - The German Design Council provides exclusive public relation activities for everything pertaining to the German Design Award.
    • Social Media - The German Design Council provides exclusive social media communication and content marketing for everything pertaining to the German Design Awards. Digital presentation of the winning project from the award show for you to use on your own content channels.

    € 3.380,00 per award and excl. VAT plus an organisational fee for the presentation of the Gold winning project in the exhibition: Size S: included in the package/Size M: € 200,00/Size L: € 600,00/Size XL: € 1.200,00

Guideline to submission

To help you with submitting your entry, we’ve put together an overview of the submission process, along with a breakdown of the information that the jury will need.

Guide to delivery

In order to simplify the delivery of your project for the jury session, you will receive here an overview of the options for delivery types according to the category of your submission.

FAQ

  • DATES
  • Early bird deadline: 24 May 2019
    Deadline grant programme: 8 July 2019
    Deadline registration: 10 July 2019
    Jury session: 1 till 2 August 2019
    Notification of jury results: August 2019
    Publication of the online gallery: Autumn 2018
    Publication of the catalogue: November 2019
    Awards ceremony: 7 February 2020 in the context of the fair Ambiente, Messe Frankfurt am Main

  • GENERAL
  • Who is allowed to compete?

    The German Design Council continuously nominates companies that have attracted attention through excellent design quality. As a nominee, you will receive written notification, including access data, and can bindingly register your nominated project and participate via our registration portal under »My Design Council«. The publication of the project must not have taken place more than five years ago (excluded are projects submitted in the new category »Design Classics and Re-Editions«).

    In addition, companies have the opportunity to register projects directly and at their own initiative so they can participate in the contest. Following a review by our panels of experts, the German Design Council will inform you in writing whether your project meets the required criteria and has thus been approved and nominated for participation in the German Design Awards.

  • My product/project has already taken part in another German Design Council competition – can I also submit it for the German Design Award?

    Yes, participation in the German Design Awards is possible. Award-winning projects from the ICONIC AWARDS, the Automotive Brand Contest or the Bicycle Brand Contest are automatically nominated for the German Design Awards.

  • How many participants were there last year?

    In total there were about 5.415 submissions for the German Design Awards 2018; 2.486 in the area of »Excellent Product Design«, 2.556 in the area of »Excellent Communications Design« and 373 in the area of »Universal Design«.

  • What are the benefits for the winners?

    • Use of the German Design Awards Label
    • Catalogue entry
    • Copy of the catalogue
    • Entry in the online gallery (for a period of three years)
    • Exhibition
    • Certificate
    • Press package
  • NOMINATION
  • What costs are associated with a nomination?

    A nomination is free of charge and without obligation. Costs arise only after completing online registration. Details can be found in our announcement documents of the categories »Excellent Communications Design«, »Excellent Product Design« and »Excellent Architecture«.
  • What is the nomination process?

    The German Design Council gives nominations to companies that stand out due to their special design quality. As a nominee, you will receive written notification. The nomination is free of charge. The nominee can register at »My Design Council« to participate.
  • What information is required for participation?

    • Your contact details
    • Product or project name and designation
    • Website
    • One image
    • Short text (max. 500 letters)
  • My product/project is not yet on the market – will my information be treated confidentially during the registration process and, if necessary, during the jury session?

    Yes, the information provided is always treated confidentially when processing your registration. The same applies to the jury session, which takes place behind closed doors.
  • What are the categories?

    The categories are listed above.
  • If my submission is nominated, can I choose its category myself?

    Yes. You can register your product/project in up to three categories.
  • I am a newcomer; how can I participate in the German Design Award?

    Newcomers are nominated exclusively by the deaneries of universities. Graduates in the fields of textile, product, industrial, communications and interior design who either have German citizenship or who have earned a design degree from a German university are eligible. The degree must not be more than five years ago. Both individuals and design offices with several designers can participate in the competition. The entire portfolio of a designer is assessed.
  • AWARDS CEREMONY
  • When and where does the awards ceremony take place?

    The awards ceremony will take place in the context of the Ambiente fair in Frankfurt am Main on 7 February 2020.

Media partner

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