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The Newcomer Awards


Great talents require a forum! The newcomer awards is a unique distinction for designers who have attracted attention with their extraordinary achievements and creative talent. The renown and international publicity associated with the competition are valuable for the honoured young designers. It is not possible to apply for the endowed awards - representatives of universities or the German Design Council propose the nominees. The international jury of the »German Design Awards« selects five finalists from all nominees. Furthermore, the German Design Council offers all finalists a series of exclusive events where they have the opportunity to meet the foundation members, which include leading experts of the design-oriented industry.


  • Participation

    The Newcomer Awards are open for graduates of the following disciplines: textile, fashion, product, industrial, communication, interior design and architecture. Participants must either have German citizenship or have graduated in design from a university in Germany. The degree should not be more than five years old. Individuals and design teams with several people can participate in the following categories:

    • Architecture
    • Communications Design
    • Fashion and Textile Design
    • Industrial and Product Design
  • Form of submission

    Nominees submit a short portfolio to participate in the Newcomer Awards. The respective short portfolio (DIN A4) should consist of a curriculum vitae, portrait photo as well as pictorial and textual representations of a maximum of ten projects. Participants must give preference to three projects from their portfolio which represent their design concept in the best way. The entire portfolio may not exceed 20 pages.

  • Costs

    Participation in the Newcomer Awards is free of charge.

  • Evaluation criteria


    The jury evaluates the submitted portfolios regarding to the stylistic independence of the design and their development potential. The following evaluation criteria, among others, are applied:

    • Conceptual quality
    • Design quality
    • Technical and formal autonomy
    • Development potential
    • Degree of innovation
    • Symbolic and emotional content
Start Newcomer 2023
April - May 2022Nomination proposalsof the universities
End of MayNotification of nominees
15 July 2022Registration deadline
22 July 2022Deadline portfolio
August 2022Jury session
August 2022Notification of jury results
November 2022Publication of the online gallery
February 2023Awards show

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