2015 German Design Award – new structure and call for submissions
The German Design Council’s German Design Award steps forward to present a structural improvement in its fourth year of existence. The two areas - Excellent Product Design and Excellent Communications Design - will now function as separate formats under the umbrella brand German Design Award.
User-centered design is a key issue in the development of consumer devices, their success being literally determined in people’s hands. Devices that can be operated intuitively by diverse user groups enjoy greater success on the global market.
The Usability Award highlights valuable entrepreneurial competencies of future-oriented product brands: high design quality and thorough user orientation.
Hungarian Design Council: Design Management Award
The Design Management Award, established by the Hungarian Design Council, is announced. Nominations can be submitted by anyone who knows companies and organisations with strong design-consciousness, to recognise excellent examples of this.
DBA Design Effectiveness Awards: Call for Entries
The DBA Design Effectiveness Awards recognise and reward the integral role design plays in driving business growth. Entered jointly by both client and design agency, the awards are judged by senior business figures and use commercial data as a key judging criteria. A win is an independent endorsement of the value of your work, a great PR story, a motivator and reward for your team.
Call for Entries: Joseph Binder Award 2014
International Competition for Graphic Design & Illustration
The Austrian designer Joseph Binder (1898–1972) had a crucial impact on commercial art in Europe and the United States. His motto was: »Everything in design has a function. Design has a visual function. Design has a communicational function. Design has a motivational function.« Joseph Binder found answers to questions regarding the contemporary spirit and its philosophy, the sources of inspiration, and the role to be played by the modern designer in the reduced and impressive visual language of his graphic design. Today, in a new millennium, Joseph Binder’s principles have lost nothing of their relevance.
designaustria, established in 1927, is Austria’s oldest design association, Joseph Binder having been one of its founding fathers. designaustria does not differentiate between the individual design disciplines, but between qualified and unqualified. It represents the interests of designers and illustrators who attach great importance to creative work of superior quality, thereby recognising both short-lived and profit-oriented visual communication and longer-lasting graphic design solutions as integral parts of everyday culture. designaustria first launched the Joseph Binder Award in 1996. This international performance showcase for graphic design & illustration is held every two years in the form of a competition.
Participation in the Joseph Binder Award 2014 is open to professional graphic designers and illustrators and to design students from all over the world. They may enter projects in the fields of graphic design and illustration (print) published or realised in 2012 and after. The works entered will be assessed by an international jury of experts. In 13 categories, a Joseph Binder Award in gold, silver, and bronze will be awarded in the form of trophies. In order to support independent, conceptual, and scientific activities in the fields of graphic design and illustration, money prizes will be awarded in the Design Fiction category in addition to the trophies. Additionally, the jury may choose up to seven Merit Awards per category. The winners will be publicly announced in autumn 2014 within the framework of a festive presentation of the selected and prize-winning entries. On the occasion of the award ceremony, a catalogue will be produced containing all of the selected and prize-winning entries and introducing the members of the jury.
For more information and to register: www.designaustria.at/jba14
Online registration and entries by 31.05.2014
Early bird (benefit from reduced entry fees!) by 31.03.2014
DBA Design Effectiveness Awards 2014 Winners Announced
The Design Business Association (DBA) announced the winners of the 2014 DBA Design Effectiveness Awards in a sell-out ceremony where over 500 guests gathered to recognise and reward the significant impact that design can have on business success. The ceremony was held at Tobacco Dock in London and was hosted for the second time by BBC business correspondent Simon Jack.
A record–breaking 65 projects secured Design Effectiveness Awards, which are notoriously hard to win. 12 Gold, 30 Silver and 23 Bronze Awards were presented on the night across a range of disciplines from packaging to service design. Special awards for International Export, Materials Innovation and the overall Grand Prix were also presented.
Taking home the most prestigious award of the night – the Grand Prix, for the project deemed the most compelling of all the Gold winners by the judges – were B&B Studio and their client Urban Fresh Foods for the much-loved BEAR brand. BEAR has become the fastest growing brand in healthy snacking; it has delivered over 30million portions of fruit in the UK in 2012, reflected in rapid sales growth from £0 to £6.4m in 3 years.
The International Export Award was presented to DewGibbons + Partners and DHU (Deutsche Homöopathie-Union) for their Mama Natura brand – the world’s first global brand of children’s homeopathic medicine, which has seen a 30% rise in monthly sales, alongside a 10% reduction in production costs.
The Design For Society category (recognising design that has impacted people’s lives for the better) saw a Gold awarded to The Team and the Gas Safe Register for Silent Killer –a design solution to motivate long-term behaviour change, which has increased the number of higher risk households having annual gas safety checks by a staggering 300%.
Elmwood held onto their position at the top of the DBA Design Effectiveness League Table for the fifth year, winning another 6 awards, including a Gold for Gressingham Duck, along with three Silver and two Bronze Awards. The League Table is calculated every year based on the results of the past three years, acknowledging the most consistently effective agencies.
The winning case studies can be viewed at www.effectivedesign.org.uk
Vision in Motion - László Moholy-Nagy Design Grant
The winning designs of the László Moholy-Nagy Grant holders in 2013 proved again the central role design plays in enhancing competitiveness: the young talents worked on objects, collections and concepts that could be turned into marketable products with strong focus on user needs. The exhibition of the 2013 grantees, together with the Lajos Kozma Crafts and Design Grantees, will open in the Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest on the 20th February.
The László Moholy-Nagy Design Grant was established twenty five years ago with the objective of assisting young talented designers at the start of their careers, helping them realise their potential, to get from a concept to realised pilot projects, founding their own start up or long term cooperation. The Grant programme needed restructuring in order to keep up with the changed market environment. Experts reformulated the framework of conditions for the grant in accordance with the strengthening competition and various aspects of sustainability.
In connection with the restructuring of the grant by the Hungarian Design Council the experts recommended the application of some basic guiding principles: the grant should be of a six-month duration, which in certain justified cases should be extended by a maximum of one additional grant if the project’s objective has been realised. The monthly amount per head has been increased to 150,000 forints gross to ensure that the monetary grant follows inflation at the time.
The structure of the competition for 2013 was developed in the spirit of the new guiding principles. Efforts have been made to cooperate with the private sector. Accordingly, the 2013 grant is jointly financed by the Intellectual Property Office, the Ministry of Human Resources and for the first time by a prominent organisation within the business sphere, Herend Porcelain Manufactory Plc.
In 2014 the public-private cooperation is expanding. Besides Herend Porcelain Manufactory Plc. Mobilsofa Ltd., Je Suis Belle, and Multinetwork Ltd. are contributing to the grant, offering special topics, knowledge and manufacturing background for prototyping. The grantees of 2014 will be announced within the framework of the exhibition by the end of March.
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Finnish Designer Awards 2014
7th February 2014
- What can wood artists and information technology bring to architectural design?
- How can a designer help preserve the welfare state?
- How to run a graphic design agency in Paris?
The winners of the 2014 Finnish Designer Awards, presented by Ornamo and Grafia:
KIRSI SVÄRD, INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Kirsi Svärd works as Design Director of ED Design, in Turku. In her work she comes up with solutions for everyday problems. Throughout her career she has designed countless home appliances and devices, well-known to Finns. The diverse skills of ED Design are apparent in many levels of society, from the design of domestic products and services, to the planning of parts for waste disposal systems in developing countries. www.ed-design.fi
MAARIT SALOLAINEN, TEXTILE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Maarit Salolainen is an experienced Design Director and Textile Designer who, in her work, is responsible for the development and management of concepts and product portfolios. She designs fabric collections for international and domestic companies, and also works as Creative Director for an Indian interior textile company. In addition, she is a professor at Aalto University. www.salolainen.fi
ILONA RISTA, WOOD ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Using wood, Ilona Rista designs spectacular artwork that also functions as acoustic wall elements. Rista is used to working with architects and acousticians. She is well acquainted with the properties of wood, so in her hands woodwork traditions combine seamlessly with new possibilities brought about by information technology. www.ilona.rista.net
DANIEL PALILLO, FASHION DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Daniel Palillo treads his own path when it comes to design. His clothes, which employ large patterns inspired by the environment, have created their own subculture in Asia. Even superstars like Lady Gaga have discovered the Daniel Palillo brand. www.danielpalillo.net
MIKKO LAAKKONEN, FURNITURE DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Mikko Laakkonen designs products with a focus on everyday items: furniture, lighting, glass, etc. In addition to aesthetic value, Laakkonen appreciates the functionality, durability and meaningfulness of products.
ANNA AHONEN & KATARIINA LAMBERG, GRAPHIC DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Anna Ahonen and Katariina Lamberg are great examples of courage and skill in the field of graphic design. Their company is situated in Paris, with an international clientele which ranges from fashion houses and journals to record companies. www.ahonenandlamberg.com
For more information: www.ornamo.fi/finnishdesignerawards14
Henry van de Velde Awards & Labels 2013
Design Flanders presented the 20th annual Henry van de Velde Awards & Labels in the Flemish Parliament building on 21 January 2014. The Henry van de Velde Awards & Labels are the highpoint of the Flemish design year. Each year the Flemish Community’s quality label is issued to a number of products in celebration of their innovative design. Prizes are also awarded to young and established names from the design sector.
The prizes were presented by Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister for Environment, Nature and Culture. On the same evening there was also the festive opening of the exhibition in De Loketten, which runs until 8 March 2014.
2013 Awards winners:
- 2013 Henry van de Velde Lifetime Achievement Award winner: Luc Landuyt (car designer)
- 2013 Henry van de Velde Company Award winner: Jongform (furniture)
- 2013 Henry van de Velde Young Talent Award winner: Caro Van den hole (experience designer)
- 2013 Henry van de Velde Public Award: Nomad, a lamp designed by Alain Gilles for O'Sun
OVAM Ecodesign Awards PRO
- Product on the market: “O Mr. President”, design and production by BULO work table for children of all ages
- Ecodesign Product in development: Daily Needs, design by Studio Segers a range of modular outdoor elements
The exhibition in De Loketten also shows the Henry van de Velde Labels 2013, 16 outstanding design products.
For more information: http://www.designvlaanderen.be/awards_labels/henry-van-de-velde-awards-2013.
2014 DBA Design Effectiveness Awards shortlist announced
The Design Business Association (DBA) has announced the shortlisted winners of this year’s Design Effectiveness Awards, selected after two rigorous rounds of judging. The judging panels are made up entirely of clients and consist of heads from brands such as Kimberly-Clark, GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever, Diageo, and Samsung.
A record-breaking 65 winners have been selected this year and both client and agency are jointly recognised for their success. The announcement of whether they have received Gold, Silver or Bronze status will take place at the glamorous Awards evening on 13 February 2014 at Tobacco Dock, London, UK. A special prize for International Export will be presented, along with the prestigious Grand Prix.
View the full shortlist and book tickets for the ceremony here http://www.dba.org.uk/news/DEA2014shortlist.asp