Your participation in the German Design Awards


Unfortunately, the submission deadline for the German Design Award 2023 is already over. We will present the winners here in December 2022. The award show and exhibition will take place in February 2023.


The next submission phase is expected to start in May 2023.


Your path to the German Design Awards

  • Registration for the Contest

    The German Design Council is continually nominating companies that have attracted attention for their outstanding design achievements. 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«. In addition, companies have the opportunity to register projects directly and at their own initiative so they can participate in the award. 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. In the event of non-approval, you will also receive notification and not incur any costs.

    Register here ("My Design Council")


  • Delivery of your submission

    After successful registration, please provide us with a presentation of your project, which the jury will review and evaluate. Please note the deadline for the delivery.

    Delivery information

  • Evaluating Criteria and Judging

    The projects and services should be distinguished by the following special features:

    • Ergonomics
    • functionality and operability
    • practical value
    • overall concept
    • design quality
    • degree of innovation
    • durability
    • brand value and branding
    • market maturity
    • sustainability
    • ecological quality
    • product aesthetics
    • product graphics and semantics
    • safety and accessibility
    • symbolic and emotional content
    • technical quality
    • technical function
    • manufacturing techniques and quality


    The preceding list does not constitute an order of importance for the jury’s evaluation criteria. The jury is free to choose the weighting of the individual criteria. All entries that have been submitted in due form and time will be presented to the jury for adjudication. The participating companies will receive written notification regarding the results of the adjudication. All judges’ decisions are final.

  • Award Show

    The German Design Awards 2023 will be presented in February 2023.

German Design Awards 2023
Sept. 16. 2022Registration deadline
Oct. 20.+21. 2022Jury session
October 2022Jury results
Dec. 15. 2022Publication of winnersin the Gallery
Feb. 03. 2023Awards ShowAward ceremony and exhibition of the newcomer works
Feb. 04. - 19. 2023 Exhibition at the MAKMuseum of Applied Art, Frankfurt

The Jury in 2023

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 and in 2010 she was appointed Head of Department.

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). She worked for Lord Norman Foster, Jasper Morrison in London and n/p/k Industrial Design, Leiden. After several years of teaching at the Design Academy Eindhoven, she accepted the professorship for industrial design 'conception and design' at the Folkwang University of the Arts in 2004. In 2007 she founded Bernotat&Co Design Studio, a few years later reinforced by her partner Jan Jacob Borstlap. Together they design, develop and curate local and international design projects and exhibitions. Bernotat&Co believes in design without boundaries, so they design exhibitions, products, illustrations, art direction and much more, in all scales, for renowned companies. The results of Bernotat&Co have won many awards and their work has been exhibited in renowned museums worldwide.

Björn Sorge

Vice President Experience Design Pro7Sat.1 | Björn Sorge has been a consultant, entrepreneur and thought leader in the digital business for over 20 years. He calls himself the "child of the new economy" and can look back on countless digital projects and products. The truly consistent anchoring of a customer-centric strategy and vision in companies is a matter close to his heart. His personal motto is: "You're good at things that are fun! And that's what he tries to communicate in his daily work with designers. Björn Sorge lives on beautiful Lake Ammersee, has 2 children and is now Vice President Experience Design for the digital transformation of Pro7Sat.1.

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.

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.

Jens Grefen

Executive Director Creation, Interbrand | Jens Grefen is Executive Director Creation and part of the managing team for Interbrand Germany. With about 15 years of experience in consulting, creating and managing brands he has essentially shaped the appearance and identity of various brands, and thereby contributed significantly to their growth. With his comprehensive know-how in conception and design, he counsels clients across multiple industries: telecommunication, technology, automotive industry, tourism, retail, transportation, energy, chemical industry, pharma, and financial services.

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.

Lukas Cottrell

Managing Partner, Peter Schmidt Group GmbH | Lukas Cottrell is Managing Partner at the Peter Schmidt Group - the largest German design agency. His tasks as a strategist and designer include developing holistic and meaningful design solutions. He has extensive experience in marketing strategy, brand development, design management and digital transformation. Lukas Cottrell can build on more than 20 years of professional experience, which includes projects with many international blue-chip clients from the financial services, telecommunications, technology, mobility and FMCG sectors.

Luzia Hein

Founder Studio Luzia Hein | Luzia Hein is a graphic designer and art director based in Hamburg. Her work is characterized by a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to design - corporate design and type design give her as much pleasure as transferring ideas into a spatial context or onto textiles. Her work is characterized by a minimalist design language and bright colors. In 2019 she was honored by the German Design Council as a newcomer at the German Design Award, and since 2020 she has been one of the selected designers who design stamps in Germany.

Marcel Besau

Studio Besau-Marguerre | After studying product and communication design in Wuppertal and Karlsruhe, Marcel Besau (*1980) and Eva Marguerre founded their interdisciplinary design studio in Hamburg. Their design approach led them both to extraordinary ideas and products, in which they combined an experimental use of unusual materials with striking colour schemes. The Hamburg studio worked for international customers such as Vitra, Artek and e15, and has already been nominated for – and received – a number of design awards.

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.

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.

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

LS Interiors | Sabine Loeser Schoeps studied Interior design in Florence and Architecture at the HfbK in Hamburg. After working as a Project Manager in Zurich from 2005 to 2010, she founded LS Interiors in 2010. The Frankfurt office is focused on national and international projects, specializing in interior design for public and private buildings.

Silvia Olp

President, aed e.V. (Association for the Promotion of Architecture, Engineering & Design) | Silvia Olp is president of the aed e.V. in Stuttgart and initiator of the aed neuland competition for young talents. As Silvia Olp Public Relations, she is active as a consultant for PR and Marketing activities of design-oriented industry as well as design agencies and architectural offices. She was Head of Communications at Phoenix Design and for many years PR and Marketing Director at burkhardt leitner modular spaces. She also worked as a studio manager for well-known photographers, including Staud Studios.

Reinhard Pascher

Sports-Design-Thinker and co-founder Pascher+Heinz | He was a windsurfing professional, studied architecture at the Technical-University Graz and designed innovative sport products. Since 1996 Pascher+Heinz focuses, with 25 co-designers, on sport brands and improves them with the Sports-Design-Thinking process. The interdisciplinary cooperation between athletes, designers and brand strategists leads to new and sustainable branddesigns. Startups and world leading brands alike. Reinhard was 32 times head judge of the ISPO BRANDNEW, the biggest startup competition of the sporting goods industry and accompanied 1200 brands into the sport world.

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 studio 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.

Carole Baijings

Formerly of Scholten & Baijings | Co-Founder of the Amsterdam-based studio Scholten & Baijings until 2019, Carole Baijings is widely regarded as one of the most exciting, innovative and dynamic industrial designers in Europe. A self-confessed perfectionist, her work – which includes ceramics, glassware, textiles, rugs and furniture – is distinguished by a carefully considered use of colour, pattern and graphic elements. Her eye for detail is well-known. This has resulted in numerous partnerships with brands such as Samsung, IKEA, MINI, HAY, Herman Miller, Karimoku New Standard and Maharam among others. Always looking to challenge and rethink the way people interact and live with design, Baijings’ work has been featured in prestigious institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Rijksmuseum. Photo: Koos Breukel

Jennifer Moosbrugger

Jennifer is an Industrial Designer at heart who's specialized in User and Customer Research. She studied Industrial Design in Darmstadt (Diploma), did her Bachelor of Arts in San Francisco and her Master of Science in User Research in Edinburgh. She loves to work in a diverse and cross disciplinary team close to new technology topics contributing her passion for human-centric-innovation and continuously questioning the status quo. She is currently working at Siemens digital industries data lab as Head of UX driven AI, bringing the human factor into the B2B context. Besides, she is doing her PhD at the Bauhaus University in Weimar investigating how the creative community should and could positively influence AI development. She believes in the power of her profession to contribute and add value to the challenges, as well as opportunities, of the digital age.

Prof. Dr. Lilac Osanjo

Director, School of The Arts and Design, University of Nairobi | Prof. Dr Lilac Osanjo has PhD in Design (UoN), MSc Entrepreneurship (JKUAT) and BA Design (UoN) with expertise in product development and small enterprise development. She has many years teaching experience in design starting in advertising, textile printing and weaving and furniture. Currently she is undertaking research on locally available materials to support affordable housing in Kenya. She has been a judge in design competitions both locally and in the international stage having been a jury at Design Turkey Week (2017), 100 million Artists stimulus programme (2020) and SME export products (2019) among others.

Florian Auger

Founder and head of OUTERCRAFT | After studying arts and materials and working 10 years as a craftsman in the surfboard industry, Florian Auger launch OUTERCRAFT. The french design agency specializing in innovation quickly starts collaborating with brands like Decathlon, Zodiac Nautic, RIP Curl or DAB Motors. Loyal to his roots, he developed a tangible approach of product design and equip the studio with a multi-material prototyping workshop to support boldest product innovations. His expertise lately extended to strategy and branding in the fields of sports and mobility.

Andreas Diefenbach

Managing Partner Phoenix Design GmbH + Co. KG | Andreas Diefenbach (*1979) has been Managing Partner of Phoenix Design since 2019 and has been active in various roles and as a member of various associations since 2009. He studied industrial design at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart and the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and has many years of experience in building and leading interdisciplinary teams in a global context, with whom he develops innovation strategies, design languages and award-winning products and services for renowned international companies.

Pradyumna Vyas

Senior Advisor, Design & Innovation, Confederation of Indian Industry | Board of Directors, World Design Organization | Prof. Vyas has more than 36 years of professional and teaching experience in various fields of design and has been associated with the National Institute of Design (NID) for 30 years, first as a faculty member and later as Director of the Institute. He has received several awards for his contributions to design education and advancement, including his "Outstanding Contribution to Education" at the 2015 World Education Congress. He received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Times Education Icons 2017 and has been a jury member of the Good Design Award (G-Mark) Special Jury of the Japan Institute of Design Promotion, Japan on several occasions. Prof. Vyas was named "Distinguished Professor" of Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, China, at the Shanghai Global Design Summit 2019.

Tomek Rygalik

Lead designer, Studio Rygalik | Studio Rygalik is working on architecture and products for premium companies and international brands including Cappellini, Moroso, Ghidini, Siemens, Heineken, or Ikea. Tomek Rygalik is an open minded educator with broad experience and PhD in industrial design; Head of Graduate Studies at the Design Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Tomek is founder and creative director of furniture and accessories brand TRE Product; cofounder of the interdisciplinary platform Design Nature and the Creative Campus Sobole. His work is about the engaging nature of new typology, longevity and simplicity holding power to responsibly elevate everyday life.

Jeannette Altherr

Founder and partner of Altherr Désile Park | German born Jeannette Altherr is founder and partner of Altherr Désile Park, the evolution of the long-standing Barcelona-based studio Lievore Altherr. The studio specializes in product design & development, strategic consulting, creative direction, art direction, and ephemeral architecture for internationally recognized design companies such as Arper, Andreu World, Vibia, Noorth, among others. Their approach develops projects often based on a creative concept integrating product design and its communication. This holistic approach, humanist character, and the search for the essential in their projects – combined with a sensibility that transmits harmony and balance – characterize the work of Altherr Désile Park.

Melissa Amarelo

Co-Founder & Creative Director of toi toi toi creative studio | Portuguese Canadian multidisciplinary designer Melissa Amarelo has contributed to residential, hospitality and workplace interiors across Europe and North America. Innovation, functionality and sustainability are vital components to her designs. In 2017 she co-founded toi toi toi creative studio together with Stephanie Lund in Berlin. The studio's most recent accomplishment is the new 8000+ sq.m workplace interior for Berlin's tech company Contentful.

Dipl.-Ing. Roland Bechmann

Werner Sobek Design GmbH / Werner Sobek AG | Roland Bechmann is Managing Director and Partner of Werner Sobek AG and General Manager of Werner Sobek Design GmbH in Stuttgart. He studied structural engineering at the University of Hanover and has been with Werner Sobek since 2000. There he heads the department for acquisition and competitions. In the field of project work, he has been involved in the planning of complex large-scale projects and all questions relating to resource-saving and climate-neutral construction for over 20 years.

Caterina Bellavite

Senior Principal Service Designer, Deutsche Telekom AG | With a master degree in Product Service System Design from Politecnico di Milano, she started her career with eight years at Samsung. After leading the design strategy team in McLaren Applied for three years, in London, she moved to Germany, working for Siemens Healthineers before joining Deutsche Telekom in 2021. As in-house design strategist, she is passionate about working in multidisciplinary teams and delivering value through Service Design, Systems Thinking and Data Driven Innovation.

Stephen Burks

Founder of Stephen Burks Man Made | Stephen Burks Man Made is a hands-on collaborative design studio deeply invested in the transformative power of craft techniques that challenge the limits of new technologies within industrial production. Our projects include furniture, installations, lighting, packaging, and product design for some of the world’s leading design-driven brands. We believe in a pluralistic vision of design inclusive of all cultural perspectives. Independently and through association with various non-profits, the studio has worked as product development consultants in close collaboration with artisans and craftspeople throughout the globe. In the fall of 2022, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta will showcase the studio’s innovative practice in a large scale survey exhibition entitled Stephen Burks: Shelter in Place.

Alexander Fehre

Managing Director and Founder, Studio Alexander Fehre | Alexander Fehre studied interior design at the University of Wismar and worked as a project manager and designer at Ippolito Fleitz group in Stuttgart. In 2009 he founded Studio Alexander Fehre and worked on his first own projects such as the renovation of one of the oldest movie theaters in Germany. In addition to retail projects and exclusive private villas, the office today also stands for the planning of modern working environments. What unites all projects is the tireless search for the core of the task and a correspondingly highly individual design, strategic and functional response. Together with his team, he works on projects that have received numerous international awards and publications.

Oanh Nguyen Henriksen

Partner, Dorte Mandrup | Oanh has over a decade of experience in cultivating new markets for some of the most recognized architecture firms in the world including BIG, 3XN and now Dorte Mandrup. With a background in urban design, she has an innovative mindset and a close understanding of complex architectural, technical, and societal issues. Oanh is responsible for studio’s business development and communications strategy, as well as the strategic direction of the studio’s brand and market positions.

Mimi Sewalksi

Mimi Sewalski is a sociologist, author and managing director of Avocadostore, Germany’s biggest online marketplace for eco fashion & green lifestyle based in Hamburg. Since 2011 she is successfully expanding this sustainability platform with now more than 4.000 sustainable brands. Before leading the company, she worked in high-tech startups in Tel Aviv, in the advertising industry and in catering. Those experiences form the perfect basis for her to combine the knowledge about agile work and digital, sustainable brand building at Avocadostore. In June 2020 her book “Nachhaltig leben JETZT” was released by the Knesebeck publishing company.

Sven Weichert

Founder and managing director | Curis Design, Sven Weichert has been working for more than 15 years in the Medical Design Team of Philips Experience Design, Eindhoven. During this period he was Lead Designer of the business Patient Monitoring and X-Ray Systems. He is the founder of Curis Design, a design agency specialized in the creation of experiences for the health and wellbeing domain. His passion is to use his artistic skills as industrial designer in combination with his technical background as mechanical engineering, to create experiences that improve the daily life of people. His work has already won numerous international design awards.

Alain Gilles

Founder ALAIN GILLES THE STUDIO | After studying Political Sciences and Marketing Management, Alain Gilles studied Industrial design in France. He opened his own studio in 2007 in order to pursue his own dreams and develop his personal approach to product design, furniture design and art direction. He collaborates with international brands such as Ligne Roset, Bonaldo, Buzzispace, Greenmood, XL Boom, La Chance, Vincent Sheppard, Modular Lighting, Miniforms. He has received numerous international awards for his work and was named “Designer of the Year” in 2012 by the Biennale Interieur.

Nancy Birkhölzer

Global Sustainable Innovation Leader, PwC | Nancy leads the Experience Consulting team at PwC Germany, since her Design & Innovation Studio IXDS got acquired by PwC in 2020. Her passion lies in sustainable product- and service innovation, focussed on systemic change and value creation based on sustainable business models. She supports ESG transformation projects in organizations from the design & innovation perspective and is globally responsible for PwC’s “Sustainable Innovation” approach. Additional focus areas of her work were the empowerment of innovation teams (in design studios as well as design/innovation departments within organizations) and organizational development (New Work).

Linda Stannieder

CEO and Founder TMRW Ventures GmbH | Leading and Advising R&D activities in Europe, North America, and China, Linda Stannieder accumulated a wealth of experience in different management positions. Her area of expertise spans research & analysis, future insights & forecasts, product & business strategies, and brand design & management. She works with multi-disciplinary creative teams worldwide on the future of electronic devices, electric cars, phygital spaces, and digital innovations. Her heart is at the intersection of technology, strategy, and design.

Award disciplines

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



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



    Dishes, cutlery, accessories and decorations, other



    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



    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



    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



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



    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



    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



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



    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 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



    Innovative and future-oriented projects with growth potential.

    Universal Design

    Projects that can be used by as many people as possible without further adaptation or specialization and are particularly characterized by the following points:
    Barrier-free usability, intuitive operation, minimizing risk in use, others


    Eco Design

    Projects that are based on the principles of sustainability and are particularly characterized by the following points:
    Production and manufacture, durability, raw materials and materials, transport routes, recycling / upcycling, usage concepts, others

  • 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



    Websites and microsites, blogs, online shops, other



    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



    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



    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



    Fonts, font families, other



    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



    Innovative and future-oriented projects with growth potential.


    Universal Design

    Projects that can be used by as many people as possible without further adaptation or specialization and are particularly characterized by the following points:
    Barrier-free usability, intuitive operation, minimizing risk in use, others


    Eco Design

    Projects that are based on the principles of sustainability and are particularly characterized by the following points:
    Production and manufacture, durability, raw materials and materials, transport routes, recycling / upcycling, usage concepts, others

  • 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, others


    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


    Lighting Design

    Building lighting, lighting concepts, illumination of interior fittings, and other



    Innovative and future-oriented projects with growth potential.


    Universal Design

    Projects that can be used by as many people as possible without further adaptation or specialization and are particularly characterized by the following points:
    Barrier-free usability, intuitive operation, minimizing risk in use, others


    Eco Design

    Projects that are based on the principles of sustainability and are particularly characterized by the following points:
    Production and manufacture, durability, raw materials and materials, transport routes, recycling / upcycling, usage concepts, others

Fact sheet - German Design Awards 2023

All information on fees and services of the 2023 Awards can be found in our Fact sheet (PDF file):


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