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The iF DESIGN AWARD is among the most prestigious and largest design competitions in the world. Since 1953, designers, manufacturers and users have looked to iF as a sign of good design.

An iF DESIGN AWARD is a seal of excellence, a testimony of quality, and a challenge to the competition. For users, it is a symbol of trust.

When you win an iF DESIGN AWARD, you receive efficient tools to boost your image, differentiate yourself from your competition and reach out to your target groups:

1. A quality seal for your design
2. A profile in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE
3. A place onstage
4. Press coverage

and much more…

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Dates and fees


29 Jun 2017

Early bird registration

29 Sep 2017

Regular registration

20 Oct 2017

Last chance registration

13 Oct - 24 Nov 2017

Submission of entries to jury

Upload digital media or shipment to jury

23-25 Jan 2018

Jury session

Jury results will be announced at the beginning of February.

9 Mar 2018

Awards ceremony

iF design award night at BMW Welt in Munich

9 Mar 2018


iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE, iF design app, press releases

10 Mar 2018


Opening of the iF design exhibition Hamburg Part I – followed by Part II in June and Part III in October


Registration fees per entry

Registration by
29 June 2017
Registration by
29 September 2017
Registration by
20 October 2017
EUR 340
EUR 450
EUR 490
EUR 250
EUR 375
EUR 425
Interior Architecture,
Professional Concept,
Service Design / UX,
EUR 250
EUR 375
EUR 425

Fees for award winners per entry

'Winners' package
EUR 2,700
EUR 2,700
Interior Architecture,
Professional Concept,
Service Design / UX,
EUR 1,600


Discipline 1.0 Product

1.01 Automobiles / Vehicles

Includes cars, accessories and components (wheels, steering wheels, engine compartments, instruments, controls, lighting), agricultural vehicles / machines, airplanes, drones and multicopters, buses, 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 and more.

1.02 Sports / Outdoor / Bicycles

Includes sports / sports equipment / sportswear, fitness and activity trackers, camping / camping equipment, GPS devices, outdoor products, hiking gear, bicycles and accessories and more.

1.03 Leisure

Includes fashion and clothing, bags, luggage, musical instruments, pet products, eyeglasses and more.

1.04 Babies / Kids

Includes all products for babies and kids such as diaper bags, clothing, lifestyle accessories for children and babies, playground equipment, kitchen aids, toys, school essentials, teaching supplies and more.

1.05 Watches / Jewelry

Includes watches, clocks, alarm clocks, accessories and more.

1.06 Audio

Includes audio devices for conferences, audio recorders, audio players, headphones, hi-fi devices, loudspeakers, mobile loudspeakers, PC speakers, MP3 Players, radios, studio equipment, accessories and more.

1.07 TV / Cameras

Includes cameras, media players, DVD and Blu ray devices, televisions, accessories, photo frames, presentation equipment, projectors, set-top boxes, recorders, remote controls, surveillance cameras and technologies, VR cameras, VR headsets, VR accessories and more.

1.08 Telecommunication

Includes cell phones, DECT devices, batteries, power banks, charging devices, headsets, smart watches, telephones, telephone systems, networking technology, routers, 2-way radios, VOIP devices, audio / video devices for conferences, accessories and more.

1.09 Computer

Includes notebooks, PDAs, tablets, accessories, batteries, casings, charging devices, computers, computer loudspeaker systems, copiers, e-readers, in- and output devices, keyboards and mice, monitors, peripherals, printers, scanners, servers, storage devices, robots and more.

1.10 Gaming Hardware / VR

Includes gaming input devices: gaming mice, gaming keyboards, gamepads, gaming controllers, gaming monitors, gaming PCs, gaming consoles, gaming phone, gaming AIOs, gaming tablets, gaming notebooks, gaming laptops, gaming chassis and more. Gaming accessories: gaming PC components (i.e. motherboard, fan, RAM), mobile power, general accessory, gaming headphones / microphones and more.

1.11 Office

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

1.12 Lighting

Includes lighting systems, accessories, flashlights, lamps, lights, safety lights, workplace lighting and more.

1.13 Home Furniture

Includes living room and bedroom furniture, accessories, fixtures and fittings, mirrors, stoves and pellet stoves and more.

1.14 Kitchen

Includes 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, water purifier, sinks and more.

1.15 Household / Tableware

Includes 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 and more.

1.16 Bathroom

Includes bath furniture, bath and sanitary wares, bath and wellness areas, control elements and systems, fixtures and fittings, saunas, whirlpools and more.

1.17 Garden

Includes gardening tools, garden furniture, barbecues, sunshades, lawn mowers, wheelbarrows, outdoor fireplaces, garden tables and chairs, pressure washers and more.

1.18 Building Technology

Includes air conditioning, air purifiers, balconies, conservatories, doors, fittings and systems, garages, gates, switches, door handles, heating technology, plumbing technology, marquees, railings, roofs, security technology, solar systems, temperature control technology, water dispensers, windows and more.

1.19 Public / Retail

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

1.20 Medicine / Health / Care

Includes assisted living products, assisted living technology, clinical and laboratory equipment, hospital, medical / healthcare devices and equipment, rehabilitation and care, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, skincare products, massage devices and more.

1.21 Industry / Skilled Trades

Includes 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, components and more.

1.22 Textiles / Wall / Floor

Includes carpets, curtains, floorings, paints / coatings, materials with innovative properties, smart materials, tiles, upholstery textiles, veneers, wall covering, wallpaper and more.

Discipline 2.0 Packaging

Includes sales packaging, gift packaging, display and promotion packaging, transport and logistics packaging, labels, fasteners and other packaging accessories, packaging graphics and packaging materials in the following categories:

2.01 Beverages

Includes all types of packaging for beverages.

2.02 Food

Includes all types of packaging for food and pet food.

2.03 Beauty / Health

Includes all types of packaging for perfume, care products, cosmetics, hygiene products, pharmacy products and more.

2.04 Medicine / Pharmaceutics

Includes all types of packaging for medicine, natural remedies and medical products and more.

2.05 Household

Includes all types of cleaning products, household products and more.

2.06 Consumer Products

Includes all types of packaging for products such as 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 and more.

2.07 Industry / B2B

Includes all types of packaging for industrial and business-to-business products.

2.08 Non-branded Packaging

Includes non-branded packaging with a focus on ergonomics and functionality.

Discipline 3.0 Communication

3.01 Websites

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

3.02 Apps / Software

Includes business application software, city guides, games, informational software, mobile and stationary application software, online and offline applications, shopping applications, social media and more.

3.03 Film / Video

Includes commercials, corporate films, ads, image videos, video podcasts and more.

3.04 Corporate Identity / Branding

Includes digital and / or print media that serve to sharpen a company’s, product’s or brand’s profile and boost sales. These may include corporate design manuals, presentations, brochures, posters, signets and logos, manuals, catalogs and more.

3.05 Magazines / Press / Publishing

Includes digital or print publications such as books, calendars, catalogs, coffee table books, comics, illustrations, magazines, newspapers and more.

3.06 Campaigns / Advertising

Includes print or digital individual ads or entire campaigns including banners, direct marketing materials, mailings, newsletters, posters, product and advertising brochures, POS advertising, content marketing, out-of-home advertising and more.

3.07 Annual Reports

Includes business and annual reports in digital or print form.

3.08 Typography / Signage

Includes pictograms, signets, signage, symbols, typography, wayfinding and orientation systems and more.

3.09 Events

Includes events of all kinds which utilize one or more media to creatively structure the event or deliver information, such as anniversaries, award ceremonies, conferences, opening ceremonies, product launches, promotion and advertising events, road shows, trade fair events and more.

Discipline 4.0 Interior Architecture

4.01 Trade Fairs / Commercial Exhibitions

Includes exhibition and trade fair architecture as an element of brand communication.

4.02 Public Exhibitions

Includes exhibition architecture in public institutions such as museums.

4.03 Shops / Showrooms

Includes retail architecture as an element of brand communication.

4.04 Hotels / Spas / Restaurant / Bars

Includes bars, bed & breakfasts, cafés, casinos, hotels, lounges, restaurants, spas and recreational areas, staff canteens and more.

4.05 Residential

Includes residential homes, apartments, bedrooms, dressing rooms, kitchens, living rooms, nurseries and more.

4.06 Offices / Workspaces

Includes administration buildings, banks and financial institutions, doctors’ offices, insurance companies, law practices, office buildings, production facilities and more.

4.07 Public

Includes administration buildings, clinics, colleges, kindergartens, libraries, museums, schools, universities and more.

4.08 Installations

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

Discipline 5.0 Professional Concept

Includes experimental and conceptual designs, commissioned works that have not yet been published, studies and research projects, innovative design concepts 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 / UX

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
6.08 Entertainment

Discipline 7.0 Architecture

7.01 Public

Includes 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, kindergartens, training centers, conference centers, hospitals, nursing homes, zoos, religious buildings, infrastructure, roads, bridges, parking facilities, airports, bus stations, port facilities, railway stations, sports facilities, stadiums, arenas and more.

7.02 Residential

Includes apartment buildings, country houses, coastal houses, estates, mansions, multi-unit housing, multiple housing, private houses, single housing, social housing, student housing and more.

7.03 Office / Industry

Includes administrative buildings, banks and financial institutions, corporate headquarters, estates, factories, farm buildings, office buildings, production facilities and more.

7.04 Retail / Hospitality

Includes 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 and more.

7.05 Urban / Landscape

Includes city planning, urban planning, urban development projects, cemeteries, golf clubs, lighting design, outdoor areas, parks, plazas, private gardens, public gardens, streets and more.

7.06 Mixed Use

Includes buildings combining different kind of usages.

Benefits for winners

Evaluation criteria

Innovation and Elaboration

• Degree of innovation
• Degree of elaboration
• Uniqueness
• Execution / workmanship


• Use value and usability
• Ergonomics
• Practicability
• Safety


• Aesthetic appeal
• Emotional appeal
• Spatial concept
• Ambience


• Production efficiency
• Consideration of environmental standards / carbon footprint
• Social responsibility
• Universal design


• Brand fit
• Target group fit
• Differentiation

Awards ceremony

This is where anyone and everyone on the international design scene meets to celebrate together: at the glamorous iF DESIGN AWARD 2018 awards ceremony. Some 2,000 guests will meet in the BMW Welt on 9 March 2018 to honor the award winners. After the official ceremony and the following get-together, the party will go on until the break of day.

Admission tickets will be available at the end of January 2018.

Jury session 2017

Awards ceremony 2017

Contact us

Frank Zierenberg

Project Director

Frank Zierenberg
Bahnhofstrasse 8
30159 Hannover | Germany

Phone +49.511.54224-216

Heike Meier


Heike Meier
Bahnhofstrasse 8
30159 Hannover | Germany

Phone +49.511.54224-203

Lena Riemenschneider

iF design exhibition Hamburg

Lena Riemenschneider
Hongkongstrasse 6
20457 Hamburg | Germany

Phone +49.40.3037538-11

Andrea Schmidt


Andrea Schmidt
Bahnhofstrasse 8
30159 Hannover | Germany

Phone +49.511.54224-205

Anja Kirschning


Anja Kirschning
Bahnhofstrasse 8
30159 Hannover | Germany

Phone +49.511.54224-213

Carmen Wille


Carmen Wille
Bahnhofstrasse 8
30159 Hannover | Germany

Phone +49.511.54224-214

Petra Kerker


Petra Kerker
Schleißheimer Str. 4
80333 München | Germany

Phone +49.89.54727935

Dirk Bartelsmeier


Dirk Bartelsmeier
Bahnhofstrasse 8
30159 Hannover | Germany

Phone +49.511.54224-207