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12_DBA_2014DBA 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

Vision in Motion

Published in Member News
11 February 2014

17_HDCVision 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

Published in Member News
7 February 2014

16_FinishDesignAwardsFinnish 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 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.


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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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15_HenryVanDeVeldeHenry 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.

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DBA Design Effectiveness Awards

Published in Member News
4 November 2013

11_DBADesignEffectiveness2014 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


The 2013 Hungarian Design and Design Management Awards

The 2013 Hungarian Design and Design Management Awardswere announced on the 30th September in Kunsthalle Budapest. A leading programme of Budapest Design Week, the award ceremony is also the opening of the exhibition displaying the awarded and the most distinguished works of the competition.

Announced for the fifth time, the Design Management Award was presented by Dr. Miklós Bendzsel, president of the Intellectual Property Office and the Hungarian Design Council, to the leader of Cserpes Cheese Workshop Ltd. Three more entrants to the competition received a certificate: the Hungarian State Opera, BKK (Centre for Budapest Transport) and LOFFICE. In connection with this year's contestants, the jury stressed that these companies significantly differing in size, structure, and field of operation, all found it important to have a corporate image deliberately developed by experts from the fields of design, marketing and communication.

The Hungarian Design Awards, the most prestigious recognition of the Hungarian design profession, were announced for the 34th, this time by Gábor Orbán, State Secretary responsible for tax and financial policy at the Hungarian Ministry of National Economy, and Dr. Miklós Bendzsel, president of the Intellectual Property Office and the Hungarian Design Council.

Two winners were announced in the product category of the Hungarian Design Awards: DSI Inhalo is a dry salt inhalator that is a real treasure in the contemporary world of health-consciousness. The jury stressed the elaborate design process based on the cooperation of several experts; according to their opinion the product proves that “design is not ‘simply designing the product itself’, but a very complex process”. Petra Földi also received a product category award for her raincoat collection that is characterised by a clear, functional design and high quality material use, as well as professional technology.

In the concept category a logical game called Faces, designed by Zsanett Benedek and Dániel Lakos using the basic elements of spatial forms, more precisely triangular disks modelled by computers, received an award, while the visual communication category was won by an interactive book adapting the classic tale of Little Rooster and his Diamond Halfpenny.

In the student category the LightMe lamp collection, inspired by stacks of wood used when setting up a fire, was awarded. According to the jury, its strength is the completeness of its design that involves designing all the elements needed, an idea for brand-building, as well as economic packaging. The DORA bicycle helmet designed by Balázs Filczer was also acknowledged in the student category. The work of the young designer makes cycling, increasingly popular nowadays, safer, and also offers a very functional solution of high aesthetic value and simple use.

The special prize of the State Secretariat for Culture of the Ministry of Human Resources was given to Anna Farkas, graphic designer for the visual communication of her Starry Light by Anagraphic lamp, the magical result of her product design experiment. The special prize of the State Secretariat for Higher Education of the Ministry of Human Resources announced in the student category was awarded to two graphic image designs: Klára Balázs received it for her JAT project, the documentation material of the Attila József Plan, while Zsófia Szabó was awarded for the Concise Guide to Hungarica series, an exciting novelty in the world of Hungarian souvenirs.

For the special prize of the HIPAVILON Hungarian Intellectual Property Agency, putting a work that is ready for production into the limelight was a very important aspect. The designer of the Shin Eco Furniture family that fits well in the most recent international trends, György Gyimóthy received the prize for his elaborately developed plan that also takes production issues into consideration.

The special prize of the Hungarian Design Council was awarded to Péter István Varga and Renáta Paunoch for their Zigza concrete bench system. By turning, mirroring, and so on, a unique, coherent group of benches can be created.

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DBA Design Effectiveness Awards 2014: enter now
With a special offer for BEDA members:

As budgets have tightened, everyone is looking for more evidence of design’s contribution to their bottom line. The DBA have been championing design with real worth through the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards for over 20 years. The Awards recognise the return on investment that a coherent, well-thought-out and professionally executed design strategy can achieve.

Crucially, they are all about what your work achieved, not how it compares to someone else’s, with each entry judged on its own merits by a panel of senior figures from the business community. There are therefore an unlimited number of Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in each category and even if this is your first year of entering, there is absolutely nothing to stop you from taking home a Gold, regardless of how popular your sector of design might be.

A DBA Design Effectiveness Award will look great in your trophy cabinet, but it will also contribute so much more than that to your business. Each win is an independent endorsement of the value of your work, a great PR story, a motivator and reward for your team, and may even earn you a coveted place on the DBA Effectiveness League Table.

So if you can prove that your design work has delivered tangible results for your client, then it's time to enter and get the trophy to prove it.

Entry deadline: 5pm, Friday 28 June 2013.

Find out more and download an entry pack at:

BEDA members can extend the discounted DBA member rate to their own members. Simply quote ‘BEDAmember’ on the entry form.

Design Effectiveness Awards

Published in Member News
7 February 2013

6_DBA_AwardsDesign Effectiveness Awards at the Design Business Association

The Design Business Association has announced the winners of this year’s DBA Design Effectiveness Awards at a ceremony attended by 450 guests in London on 7th February.

The prestigious Awards celebrate the significant impact design can have on business success and this year a record 61 winners were recognised across a range of disciplines from packaging to product design.

16 Gold, 24 Silver and 21 Bronze awards were presented along with 3 special awards. The Grand Prix is presented to the project demonstrating the most significant and impressive evidence of design effectiveness, and this year was awarded to Brand42 and The Daily Mail Group for MailOnline. After the redesign, MailOnline became not only the UK’s but also the world’s biggest newspaper website with revenue up 455% from £4.5million in 2008 to £25million in 2012.

Blue Marlin and client Cadbury Kraft Foods India were presented with the International Export Award for Cadbury Bournvita’s brand expression and packaging redesign, and Elmwood extended their lead at the top of the DBA Design Effectiveness League Table for an impressive fourth year.

As the Chairman of the Judges, Andrew Summers of Design Partners says, “These Awards are vitally important in demonstrating the critical contribution good design plays in business, government and society.”

To view all of the winning case studies visit:

The Finnish Designer Awards

Published in Member News
18 January 2013

13_Finnish_designer_awardsThe Finnish Designer Awards ’13 highlight public design and art

The Finnish design organisations Ornamo and Grafia announced The Finnish Designer Awards ’13 on 18th January in Helsinki. The professional touch left by the six award-winning designers can be seen in Finnish society e.g. schools, hospitals, public transport and service systems. The awards also highlight the strength of quality design underpinning Finnish industry.

Competitiveness and growth targets steer designers’ work in industry - but independent designers have also presented their own public projects whose purpose is to enhance wellbeing. The Finnish Designer Awards ’13 expose the diversity of the design field in Finland.

Finnish Designer Awards ’13:

  • Textile Artist of the Year Maiju Ahlgrén
  • Fashion Designer of the Year Saila Härkki
  • Ceramic Artist of the Year Outi Leinonen
  • Industrial Designer of the Year Reijo Markku
  • Interior Architect of the Year Päivi Meuronen
  • Graphic Designer of the Year Kasper Strömman 

To view The Finnish Designer Awards brochure:

Henry van de Velde Awards

Published in Member News
15 January 2013

9_VandeVelde_awardsHenry van de Velde Awards & Labels 2012

The Henry van de Velde Awards & Labels are an annual highlight in the Design Flanders calendar, leading the way in Flanders and beyond. The design awards, which have been presented every year since 1994, honour young talent, established talent, a company, ecodesign and extraordinary products. They are an initiative of Design Flanders. The prize-giving ceremony took place on January15th 2013 at the Flemish Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.

The Henry van de Velde Label is a quality label for Flemish design. The label recognises the authenticity, innovation, creativity, finish and added value of the product and functions as a quality guarantee for the general public.

Four Henry van de Velde Awards were presented at the prestigious ceremony: the Lifetime Achievement Award 2012, the Young Talent Award 2012, the Company Award 2012 and the Public Award 2011. Two OVAM Ecodesign PRO Awards were also presented at the same time: the award for ‘Product on the market’ and the award for ‘Product in development’. The winners of the Henry van de Velde Awards receive a cash price and a trophy, a design made by the Belgian artist Helena Schepens.

The award ceremony was attended by Kris Peeters, Minister-President of the Flemish Government and Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister for Environment, Nature and Culture. The ceremony goes hand-in-hand with an exhibition, which runs from January 16 until the 2nd March in De Loketten of the Flemish Parliament. The doors are open to anyone who would like to come and view the prize-winning products.

In 2013, Henry van de Velde would have celebrated his 150th birthday. The Henry van de Velde Awards & Labels 2012 herald the start of the Henry van de Velde year. The special exhibition ‘Henry van de Velde – Passion, function and beauty’ will open later this year at the Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels to celebrate this extraordinary architect.

2012 Henry van de Velde Award Winners are:

  • Lifetime Achievement: Ever Meulen (Brussels) 
  • Young Talent: Maarten De Ceulaer (Brussels) 
  • Company: Indera (Dilsen-Stokkem) 
  • Public 2011: Cyclo, carpet, by Christophe Vervaeke for Papilio (Prado Rugs) 
  • Ecodesign Product on the market: Beams, aluminium radiators with accessories, by Wim & Bob Segers (Studio Segers) for Vasco 
  • Ecodesign Product in development: Quinny Jet, mobility solution for a new generation, Studio Peter Van Riet & Quinny Team for Quinny

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