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The German Design Awards directly contributes to the overall commercial success. Prizes will only be awarded to projects that truly represent pioneering contributions to the German and international design landscape. The highly esteemed, international jury guarantees this.
The German Design Awards identifies and presents unique design trends: a competition that advances the design-oriented scene.

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German Design Awards 2020 - Call for entries

CATEGORIES

What fits best for your Project?

You design products that meet the highest customer requirements - whether furnishings, technical equipment, vehicles, clothing etc.


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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), 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.


Start-up *NEW*
Innovative and future-oriented projects with growth potential.
For the first time, start-ups and their projects will be evaluated and awarded in a separate category under the aspects of innovation, growth and scalability.Award-winners in the category will receive their own label "German Design Award - Start-Up 2021" as well as other benefits that support them in their press work, network building and acquisition. Start-ups that are not older than 4 years are permitted to participate. The date of foundation is valid until February 2017 at the earliest. The above-mentioned aspects should be clearly indicated in the submission. Original projects, digital projects, prototypes or presentation charts can be submitted.

In addition to the categories listed, all projects can be submitted to the award in a superordinate »Universal Design« category. All 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.

Additional category Universal Design

Additional category Eco Design *NEW*

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

Production and Manufacturing - The manufacture of the product should be innovative and save resources.
Longevity - The product should be designed for use over a long period of time.
Raw materials - The choice of raw materials should be environmentally friendly and conserve resources.
Transport routes - Transport routes should be kept as minimal as possible, paying attention to the regional manufacturing.
Recycling/Upcycling - The product’s design should show consideration for re-use or re-purposing.
Usage concepts - The product should be intuitive and easy to use and furthermore generate an innovative use concept.

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, other


Service Design

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


Start-Up *NEW*Innovative and future-oriented projects with growth potential.For the first time, start-ups and their projects will be evaluated and awarded in a separate category under the aspects of innovation, growth and scalability.Award-winners in the category will receive their own label "German Design Award - Start-Up 2021" as well as other benefits that support them in their press work, network building and acquisition. Start-ups that are not older than 4 years are permitted to participate. The date of foundation is valid until February 2017 at the earliest. The above-mentioned aspects should be clearly indicated in the submission. Original projects, digital projects, prototypes or presentation charts can be submitted.


You enable communication that reaches people - whether through audiovisual media, print products, websites, software, campaigns, etc.


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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, other


Service Design

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


Start-up *NEW*
Innovative and future-oriented projects with growth potential.
For the first time, start-ups and their projects will be evaluated and awarded in a separate category under the aspects of innovation, growth and scalability.Award-winners in the category will receive their own label "German Design Award - Start-Up 2021" as well as other benefits that support them in their press work, network building and acquisition. Start-ups that are not older than 4 years are permitted to participate. The date of foundation is valid until February 2017 at the earliest. The above-mentioned aspects should be clearly indicated in the submission. Original projects, digital projects, prototypes or presentation charts can be submitted.


In addition to the categories listed, all projects can be submitted to the award in a superordinate »Universal Design« category. All 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.

Additional category Universal Design

Additional category Eco Design *NEW*

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

Production and Manufacturing - The manufacture of the product should be innovative and save resources.
Longevity - The product should be designed for use over a long period of time.
Raw materials - The choice of raw materials should be environmentally friendly and conserve resources.
Transport routes - Transport routes should be kept as minimal as possible, paying attention to the regional manufacturing.
Recycling/Upcycling - The product’s design should show consideration for re-use or re-purposing.
Usage concepts - The product should be intuitive and easy to use and furthermore generate an innovative use concept.

EXCELLENT ARCHITECTURE

You create living environments in which people like to stay - whether residential buildings, public buildings, shops, hotels, landscape architecture, urban planning etc.


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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.


Start-up *NEW*
Innovative and future-oriented projects with growth potential.
For the first time, start-ups and their projects will be evaluated and awarded in a separate category under the aspects of innovation, growth and scalability.Award-winners in the category will receive their own label "German Design Award - Start-Up 2021" as well as other benefits that support them in their press work, network building and acquisition. Start-ups that are not older than 4 years are permitted to participate. The date of foundation is valid until February 2017 at the earliest. The above-mentioned aspects should be clearly indicated in the submission. Original projects, digital projects, prototypes or presentation charts can be submitted.


In addition to the categories listed, all projects can be submitted to the award in a superordinate »Universal Design« category. All 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.

Additional category Universal Design

Additional category Eco Design *NEW*

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

Production and Manufacturing - The manufacture of the product should be innovative and save resources.
Longevity - The product should be designed for use over a long period of time.
Raw materials - The choice of raw materials should be environmentally friendly and conserve resources.
Transport routes - Transport routes should be kept as minimal as possible, paying attention to the regional manufacturing.
Recycling/Upcycling - The product’s design should show consideration for re-use or re-purposing.
Usage concepts - The product should be intuitive and easy to use and furthermore generate an innovative use concept.

German Design Awards 2020 - Call for entries

BENEFITS

Why you should participate

The German Design Award achieved an immense reach last year, with almost 30,000 publications in print, online and social media

As a prize winner, you will have exclusive access to the award ceremony in Frankfurt am Main. The award ceremony will be held as part of the Ambiente trade fair, the largest international consumer goods fair.

Benefit from the
LARGEST REACH

Become part of a
UNIQUE NETWORK

The award winners and jury members form a unique network of design and innovation experts: establish new contacts with interesting personalities.

Celebrate your success at the AWARD CEREMONY

A big prize deserves a dignified showing. Award winners will be presented at two prominently-situated exhibitions in Frankfurt/Main. The »Excellent Product Design« exhibition takes place as part of Ambiente.The "Excellent Communications Design" exhibition, in which the winners of the Excellent Architecture "are presented, takes place in different locations of the Frankfurt cultural scene.

As a winner, you can have professional photos taken with your award, during the award ceremony. The photos will be available for direct download on the evening of the award ceremony and can be used for your own press and social media activities.

Your winner's photo in
front of the PHOTO WALL

Inspiration and exchange
at the EXHIBITIONS

A glamorous highlight is
the PRIZE SCULPTURE

Gold award winners and Public Choice award winners will also receive a sculpture as a prize. The sculptures will be presented exclusively onstage during the award ceremony.

We communicate important milestones of the awards on social media – from jury sessions to award ceremonies – and present winners on selected networks for even more visibility.

We inform the daily business and trade press about applicants, winners and award ceremonies, and we advertise in the relevant trade media. In addition, we present selected winners on relevant media as part of targeted media collaborations.

Comprehensive and regular PRESS WORK

Increase your visibility via
SOCIAL MEDIA

Communicate success
with the LABELS

We will provide you with the corresponding winner’s label for your communications. Communicate your success by using the label on websites, in digital communications, at trade fairs, in signatures, in print or on product packaging and in advertising.

The jury makes a short statement which is available to all award winners. This will be published in the catalogue, in the online gallery and next to the entry at the exhibition and can be used by the award winners in their own communications.

All award-winning projects are presented, with pictures, in the catalogue of the German Design Awards. Gold projects receive a two-page entry. As an award winner, you will receive a copy of the catalogue according to your discipline. This will be sent to you by post after the award ceremony

Exclusice entry in the CATALOGUE

Content for your communications:
JURY STATEMENT

Permanent presentation on
the ONLINE GALLERY

Each award-winning entry is presented in our online gallery at www.german-design-award.com, including a link to the company’s website. Award winning participants’ submissions have a permanent presence here, beyond the awards ceremony

Have we convinced you?Then submit your
project now!

Significant distinction
through DOCUMENTS

You will receive two copies of your winning document presented in a high-quality frame. You can accept these documents at the award ceremony or receive them by post afterwards.

Benefit from the offer of
our MARKETING SERVICES

As a winner, you get exclusive access to our Marketing Services. You can use the services to order additional marketing articles for your award, such as plexiglass certificates.

REVIEW OF THE
GERMAN DESIGN AWARDS
CEREMONY 2020

FACTS:
5.400 ENTRIES FROM 69 COUNTRIES
71 GOLD WINNERS
1.600 INTERNATIONAL GUESTS

Our free white paper shows you how to communicate an award most effectively.

Here you find all information about the
Newcomers of the German Design Awards 2020.

THE JURY

Expertise from all over the world

German Design Awards 2020 - Call for entries

For more information about our jury members, click here:

www.GERMAN-DESIGN-AWARD.com

THE DATES

Don't miss the deadlines

German Design Awards 2020 - The dates

29 May 2020

Deadline for early-bird registrations

10 July 2020

Closing date & deadline for grant applications

30/31 July 2020

Jury session

7 August 2020

Notification of the jury results

19 February 2021

Award ceremony &
Exhibition opening

HOW 2 REGISTER

A quick overview

German Design Awards 2020 - How to register

Via the registration button you can access our online database »My Design Council«. If you don't have an account yet, register as a new participant and create your profile.

How the registration works:

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Then create your entry for the competition. To do so you will need: a text in German and English, image material and the information in which category you would like to submit.

Send your project to the jury meeting. Please note the deadline for digital delivery.

You will be informed in writing of the results of the evaluation process. The German Design Award 2021 is presented at the consumer goods fair Ambiente in Frankfurt am Main. We wish you much success!

Everything complete? You can now finish your registration. Please note: Participation in the competition and a possible award are associated with costs and fees. For a cost overview, please click here:

Cost overview »Excellent
Product Design«
Cost overview »Excellent
Communications Design«
Cost overview
»Excellent Architecture«

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services and fees in our: Fact Sheet:

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