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After more than 60 years of service at the point where design meets industry, iF organizes one of the most prestigious design competitions in the world today: every year, companies subject their products and services to the rigorous testing of the iF DESIGN AWARD and appreciate its high value – not least as an established marketing instrument for the awarded participants and their designs. iF supports its award winners with a unique services package, e.g. international exhibitions, the iF design app and the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE.

The iF DESIGN AWARD provides participants with opportunities to achieve worldwide success with their works in the categories of Product, Packaging, Communication, Interior Architecture and Professional Concept. The disciplines of Architecture and Service Design are new additions to this list.

iF design award night - photo gallery for download

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Dates and Fees


30 Jun 2015

Early bird registration

22 Oct 2015

Regular registration

4 Dec 2015

Submission of entries to jury

Upload digital media or shipment to jury

19-21 Jan 2016

Jury session

Jury results will be announced at end of January.

26 Feb 2016

Awards ceremony

iF design award night at BMW Welt in Munich

26 Feb 2016


iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE, iF design app, press releases

27 Feb 2016


Opening of the iF design exhibition Hamburg Part I | from June 2016 – Exhibition Part II | from October 2016 – Exhibition Part III


by 30 June 2015
by 22 October 2015
Fees for award winners
'Benefits for winners'
service package
EUR 350 per entry
EUR 450 per entry
EUR 2,700 per entry
EUR 275 per entry
EUR 375 per entry
EUR 2,700 per entry
Communication, Interior Architecture, Professional Concept, Service Design, Architecture
EUR 275 per entry
EUR 375 per entry
EUR 1,600 per entry


Discipline 1.0 Product

1.01 Automobiles / Vehicles / Bikes

e.g. accessories and components (wheels, steering wheels, engine compartments, instruments, controls, lighting), agricultural vehicles / machines, airplanes, buses, bicycles and accessoiries, bicycle lamps, cars, car entertainment systems, caravans, commercial vehicles, cranes and lifting gear, interior and exterior design, industrial trucks, motorcycles / scooters, navigation devices, products for aviation, rail vehicles, ships / boats / yachts, special vehicles, trailers

1.02 Sports / Leisure

e.g. barbecues, camping / camping equipment, fashion and clothing, bags / backpacks, fitness and activity trackers, gardening tools / garden furniture, GPS, musical instruments, outdoor, pavilions, pet products, spectacles, sports / sports equipment / sportswear

1.03 Babies / Kids

all products for babies and kids, e.g. bags, clothes, equipment for children and babies, playground equipment, kitchen tools, toys, tools for schools, teaching supplys

1.04 Watches / Jewelry

e.g. accessories, clocks and watches

1.05 Audio

e.g. accessories, audio devices for conferences, audio recorder, audio player, headphones, Hi-fi, loudspeakers, mobile loudspeakers, MP3 players, radios, studio equipment

1.06 TV / Cameras

e.g. accessories, Blue Ray, cameras, DVD, media players, photo frames, presentation equipment, projectors, recorders, remote controls, surveillance cameras and technology, TV

1.07 Telecommunication

e.g. accessories, cell phones, DECT, headsets, smart watches, telephones, telephone systems, 2 way radios, VOIP

1.08 Computer

e.g. accessories, batteries, casings, charging devices, computers, computer loudspeaker systems, copiers, e-readers, game consoles, in- and output devices, keyboards, mice, monitors, network technology, notebooks, PDAs, peripherals, printers, scanners, servers, storage devices, tablets

1.09 Office

e.g. conference furniture, filing systems, office accessories, office fittings, office furniture, plugs, reception areas, writing implements and pens (analog and digital)

1.10 Lighting

e.g. accessories, flashlights, lamps, lights, lighting systems, safety lights, workplace lighting

1.11 Home Furniture

e.g. accessories, fixtures and fittings, lounge and bedroom furniture, mirrors, stoves and pellet stoves

1.12 Kitchen

e.g. coffee machines, cooker hoods, dishwashers, fixtures and fittings, hobs and ovens, kitchen appliances (mixers, juicers, egg cookers etc.), kitchen furniture and technology, kitchen systems, microwaves, refrigerators and freezers, sinks

1.13 Household / Tableware

e.g. air cleaners, cookware and tableware, cutlery, decorative items, dryers, glassware and ceramics, household utensils (trashcans, mops etc.), ironing and pressing equipment, ventilators, vacuum cleaners, washing machines

1.14 Bathroom

e.g. accessories, bathroom furniture, bathroom and sanitary ware, bathrooms and wellness areas, control elements and systems, fixtures and fittings, saunas, toothbrushes, whirlpools

1.15 Building Technology

e.g. air conditioning, balconies, conservatories, doors, fittings and systems, garages, gates, heating technology, plumbing technology, marquees, railings, roofs, security technology, solar systems, temperature control technology, water dispensers, windows

1.16 Public Design

e.g. furniture and furniture systems (for banks, bus stops, health, hotels, libraries, lounges, museums, parks, playgrounds, public spaces, restaurants, shops, staff canteens, social areas, street furniture, wellness, etc.), ATM systems and banking machines, exhibition systems, outdoor advertising systems, retail interiors, shop systems / POS systems, terminals for public spaces / info systems / way finding and orientation systems

1.17 Medicine / Healthcare

e.g. assisted living products, assisted living technology, clinic and laboratory equipment, hospital, medical / healthcare devices and equipment, rehabilitation and care

1.18 Industry / Skilled Trades

e.g. components, conveyor technology, hoisting technology, industrial scanners, logistic systems, machines, materials handling, measuring and testing technologies and laboratory technology, production engineering, robotic technology, systems engineering, tools

1.19 Textiles / Wall / Floor

e.g. carpets, curtains, floorings, paints / coatings, materials with innovative properties, smart materials, tiles, upholstery textiles, veneers, wall cladding, wallpapers

Discipline 2.0 Packaging

2.01 Beverages

all types of packaging for beverages

2.02 Food

all types of packaging for food and pet food

2.03 Beauty / Health

all types of packaging for perfume, care products, cosmetics, hygiene products, pharmacy products

2.04 Medicine / Pharmaceutics

all types of packaging for medicine, natural remedy and medical products

2.05 Household

all types of cleaning products, household products etc.

2.06 Consumer Products

all types of packaging for jewelry, watches, clothes and accessories, sports articles, toys, music, games and videos, headphones, MP3 players, computers and accessories, cameras and accessories, mobile technology devices and accessories, kitchen appliances etc.

2.07 Industry / B2B

all types of packaging for industry products B2B

2.08 Independent Packaging

brand-independent packaging with a focus on ergonomics and functionality

Discipline 3.0 Communication

3.01 Websites

e.g. blogs, brand sites, corporate websites, e-Commerce, landing pages, microsites, online shops, promotional sites, public websites, service websites, social media, web TV

3.02 Apps / Software

e.g. business application software, city guides, games, information software, mobile and stationary application software, online and offline applications, shopping application, social media

3.03 Film / Video

e.g. commercials, film, videos, video podcasts

3.04 Corporate Identity

digital or print media entries in the area of company profiling and image building
e.g. CD manuals, company presentations, image brochures, posters, self-presentations, signets and logos

3.05 Brand Identity

digital or print media entries in the area of branding and merchandising
e.g. signets and logos, product presentations, manuals, brochures, catalogs

3.06 Magazines / Press / Publishing

digital or print media entries in the area of publishing
e.g. books, calendar, catalogs, coffee-table books, comics, illustrations, magazine, newspapers

3.07 Advertising

promotional print or digital media entries
e.g. ads, advertising materials, banners, campaigns, direct marketing, mailings, newsletter, posters, product and advertising brochures, special ads

3.08 Annual Reports

business and annual reports as digital or print media

3.09 Typography / Signage

e.g. pictograms, signets, signage, symbols, typography, way-finding and orientation systems

3.10 Events

events where different media are linked up in terms of contents and design
e.g. anniversaries, award ceremonies, conferences, opening ceremonies, product launches, promotion and advertising events, road shows, trade fair presentations

Discipline 4.0 Interior Architecture

4.01 Exhibitions / Trade Fairs

exhibition and trade fair architecture as an element of brand communication

4.02 Shops / Showrooms

retail architecture as an element of brand communication

4.03 Hotels / Spas / Restaurants / Bars

e.g. bars, bed & breakfast, cafés, casinos, hotels, lounges, restaurants, spas and recreational areas, staff canteens

4.04 Residential

e.g. bedrooms, dressing rooms, kitchens, living rooms, nurseries, residential homes and apartments

4.05 Offices / Workspaces

e.g. administration buildings, banks and financial institutions, doctors’ practices, insurance companies, law practices, offices, production facilities

4.06 Public

e.g. administration buildings, clinics, colleges, kindergartens, libraries, museums, schools, universities

4.07 Installations

installations in public spaces (digital, interactive, bricks-and-mortar, etc.)
e.g. in exhibitions, on sales floors, in shopping malls, at trade fairs, in museums, in urban or outdoor areas

Discipline 5.0 Professional Concept

Experimental and conceptual designs, commissioned works that have not yet been published, studies and research projects, innovative design concepts can be entered in the following categories:

5.01 Mobility
5.02 Living Spaces
5.03 Sustainability
5.04 Health
5.05 Food / Water
5.06 Tools
5.07 Education
5.08 Usability / Interface
5.09 Safety
5.10 Leisure

Discipline 6.0 Service Design

There is hardly another discipline where the focus on interdisciplinary work is as strong as in Service Design. Service Design is about developing service innovations suitable for real-life application by designing entire service processes in a customer-centric way. This includes, for instance, service interfaces for immaterial products, which are useful, usable and desirable from the customer’s perspective while being effective, efficient and innovative from the provider’s perspective. A highly exciting field for new, surprising and creative design processes and process design.

6.01 Health
6.02 Transportation / Logistics
6.03 Bank / Insurance
6.04 Retail
6.05 Tourism
6.06 Education
6.07 Government / Institutions

Discipline 7.0 Architecture

7.01 Public

e.g. civic centers, community buildings, institutional buildings, governmental buildings, cultural buildings, embassies, monuments, police & fire stations, parliaments, town halls, prisons, museums, theatres & opera houses, libraries, concert halls, schools, universities, kindergardens, training centers, conference centers, hospitals, day care centers, nursing homes, zoos, religious buildings, infrastructure, roads, bridges, transportation, parking facilities, airports, bus stations, port facilities, railwaystations, sports facilities, stadiums, arenas, etc.

7.02 Residential

e.g. appartment buildings, country houses, coastal houses, estates, mansions, multi-unit housing, multiple housing, private houses, single housing, social housing, student housing

7.03 Office / Industry

e.g. administrative buildings, banks & financial institutions, corporate headquarters, estates, factories, farm buildings, office buildings, production facilities

7.04 Retail / Hospitality

e.g. amusement parks, chain stores, cinemas, concept stores, department stores, galleries, hostels, hotels, malls, nightclubs, outlet centers, recreation centers, resorts, restaurants, tourist attractions, pubs & bars, shops, shopping centers, wineries

7.05 Urban / Landscape

e.g. cemetaries, cities, golfclubs, lighting design, outdoor areas, parks, plazas, private gardens, public gardens, regions, streets, urban development projects, urban planning, villages

7.06 Mixed Use

buildings combining different kind of usages

Benefits for Winners

Jury session


Contact us

Frank Zierenberg

Project Director

Frank Zierenberg
Bahnhofstrasse 8
30159 Hannover

Phone +49.511.54224-216

Andrea Schmidt


Andrea Schmidt
Bahnhofstrasse 8
30159 Hannover

Phone +49.511.54224-205

Carmen Wille


Carmen Wille
Bahnhofstrasse 8
30159 Hannover

Phone +49.511.54224-214

Anja Kirschning


Anja Kirschning
Bahnhofstrasse 8
30159 Hannover

Phone +49.511.54224-213

Rylana Kossol


Rylana Kossol
Bahnhofstrasse 8
30159 Hannover

Phone +49.511.54224-206