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iF DESIGN AWARD 2020

First awarded in 1953, the iF DESIGN AWARD is the oldest independent design seal in the world. It is a symbol of outstanding design achievements that focuses on the innovative power of design.

Every year, companies, designers, agencies and architects put themselves to the test by entering the iF DESIGN AWARD and appreciate its high value – not least as an established marketing instrument for excellent work and performance.

The latest trends, innovation and uniqueness are reflected in the awarded submissions in the following disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication, Interior Architecture, Professional Concept, Service Design and Architecture.

Make use of the iF DESIGN AWARD as an excellent image booster!

Great news: iF goes Berlin! The awards ceremony is heading to the Unesco City of Design - Berlin! On 4 May 2020, the iF design award night 2020 will take place at the legendary Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin for the first time! Stay tuned!

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Dates and fees

Dates

28 Jun 2019

Early bird registration

27 Sep 2019

Regular registration

18 Oct 2019

Last chance registration

01 - 30 Nov 2019

Shipment of entries to jury

21 - 23 Jan 2020

Jury session

Jury session at Schuppen 52 in Hamburg, Germany. Jury results will be announced in February.

Feb 2020

Publication

iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE, iF design app, press releases

02 - 10 May 2020

iF design exhibition

Winners exhibition at Cafe Moskau in Berlin, Germany

04 May 2020

Awards ceremony

iF design award night at Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin, Germany

Fees

Registration fees per entry

Discipline Registration by 28 June 2019 Registration by 27 September 2019 Registration by 18 October 2019
Product EUR 340 EUR 450 EUR 490
Packaging EUR 250 EUR 375 EUR 425
Communication, Interior Architecture, Professional Concept, Service Design, Architecture EUR 250 EUR 375 EUR 425

The registration fees includes organization and assessment process. The participant must pay all transport, customs and insurance fees.

Fees for award winners per entry

Discipline 'Winners' package
Product EUR 2,700
Packaging EUR 2,700
Communication, Interior Architecture, Professional Concept, Service Design, Architecture EUR 1,600

This fee is a mandatory fee for each awarded entry.

The entries selected by the jury will receive the iF DESIGN AWARD. Upon the granting of the award, award winners are obliged to accept the 'winners' package and to pay the relevant fee listed above. All fees are listed as net amounts. VAT may have to be added depending on the type of service and on the participant’s place of residence. Participants in the Federal Republic of Germany will be charged an additional 19% VAT.

Categories

Discipline 1.0 Product

1.01 Automobiles / Vehicles

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

1.02 Sports / Outdoor / Bicycles

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

1.03 Leisure

1.03 Leisure

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

1.04 Babies / Kids

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

1.05 Watches / Jewelry

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

1.06 Audio

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

1.07 TV / Cameras

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

1.08 Telecommunication

1.08 Telecommunication

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

1.09 Computer

1.09 Computer

Includes notebooks, PDAs, tablets, accessories, batteries, casings, charging devices, power banks, 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

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, VR Cameras, VR headsets, VR accessories and more.

1.11 Office

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

1.12 Lighting

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

1.13 Home Furniture

1.13 Home Furniture

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

1.14 Kitchen

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

1.15 Household / Tableware

Includes 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

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

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

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, smart home products, temperature control technology, water dispensers, windows and more.

1.19 Public / Retail

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, LED screens for events, retail interiors, shop systems / POS systems, terminals for public spaces / info systems / wayfinding and orientation systems and more.

1.20 Medicine / Health

1.20 Medicine / Health

Includes assisted living products, assisted living technology, clinical and laboratory equipment, hospital, medical / healthcare devices and equipment, rehabilitation and more.

1.21 Beauty / Care

1.21 Beauty / Care

Includes skincare products, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, hairdryers, shavers, massage devices, sex toys and more.

1.22 Industry / Tools

1.22 Industry / Tools

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.

1.23 Textiles / Wall / Floor

1.23 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

2.01 Beverages

Includes all types of packaging for beverages.

2.02 Food

2.02 Food

Includes all types of packaging for food and pet food.

2.03 Beauty / Health

2.03 Beauty / Health

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

2.04 Medicine / Pharmaceutics

2.04 Medicine / Pharmaceutics

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

2.05 Household

2.05 Household

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

2.06 Consumer Products

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

2.07 Industry / B2B

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

2.08 Non-branded Packaging

2.08 Non-branded Packaging

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

Discipline 3.0 Communication

3.01 Websites

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

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

3.03 Film / Video

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

3.04 Corporate Identity / Branding

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 Magazine / Press / Publishing

3.05 Magazine / 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

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

3.07 Annual Reports

Includes business and annual reports in digital or print form.

3.08 Typography / Signage

3.08 Typography / Signage

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

3.09 Events

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.

3.10 User Interfaces (UI)

3.10 User Interfaces (UI)

Includes all kind of user interfaces for apps, software, websites, computer systems and electronic devices, industrial machines, mechanical systems, vehicles and more.

Discipline 4.0 Interior Architecture

4.01 Trade Fairs / Exhibitions

4.01 Trade Fairs / Exhibitions

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

4.02 Public Exhibitions

4.02 Public Exhibitions

Includes exhibition architecture in public institutions such as museums.

4.03 Shops / Showrooms

4.03 Shops / Showrooms

Includes retail architecture as an element of brand communication.

4.04 Hotels / Spas / Restaurants / Bars

4.04 Hotels / Spas / Restaurants / Bars

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

4.05 Residential

4.05 Residential

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

4.06 Offices / Workspaces

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

4.07 Public

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

4.08 Installations

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, whose implementation is not planned or expected before 2021, 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

Includes projects that optimize a service for customers/users with regards to their needs. The aim is to improve the user experiences in different levels and with different tools. A project can be an improvement of an existing service or a creation of a new service.
Entries must explain the design challenge, the solution process and the result including the bundle of measures and the kind of service design methods used to solve the problem. The presentation must show the elements of the solution (for example app, events, graphics, packaging, product) and the role these elements play in the service design process.

The main difference between service design and product design is that service design is not only the design of a physical product. A product can be only a part of a whole service design process.

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

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

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

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

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

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

7.06 Mixed Use

Includes buildings combining different kind of usages.

Evaluation Criteria

Innovation and Elaboration

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

Functionality

  • Use value and usability
  • Ergonomics
  • Practicability
  • Safety

Aesthetics

  • Aesthetic appeal
  • Emotional appeal
  • Spatial concept
  • Ambience

Responsibility

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

Positioning

  • Brand fit
  • Target group fit
  • Differentiation

Benefits for winners

Jurors

Monk Design<br>Engadin, Switzerland
Adriana Monk

Monk Design
Engadin, Switzerland

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GIANT Inc.<br>Taichung Hsien, Taiwan
Edward Chiang

GIANT Inc.
Taichung Hsien, Taiwan

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Swift Creatives<br>Copenhagen, Denmark
Carsten Eriksen

Swift Creatives
Copenhagen, Denmark

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nr21 DESIGN GmbH<br>Berlin, Germany
Niklas Galler

nr21 DESIGN GmbH
Berlin, Germany

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Global Star<br>München, Germany
Manuel Gattinger

Global Star
München, Germany

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Compal<br>Taipei, Taiwan
Shikuan Chen

Compal
Taipei, Taiwan

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Nacar Design<br>Barcelona, Spain
Bern Donadeu

Nacar Design
Barcelona, Spain

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ERCO GmbH<br>Lüdenscheid, Germany
Henk Kosche

ERCO GmbH
Lüdenscheid, Germany

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designaffairs GmbH<br>Munich, Germany
Michael Lanz

designaffairs GmbH
Munich, Germany

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BSH Hausgeräte GmbH<br>Munich, Germany
Robert Sachon

BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
Munich, Germany

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BKID<br>Seoul, South Korea
Bongkyu Song

BKID
Seoul, South Korea

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Design 3 GmbH<br>Hamburg, Germany
Wolfgang Wagner

Design 3 GmbH
Hamburg, Germany

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National Institute of Design<br>Ahmedabad, India
Praveen Nahar

National Institute of Design
Ahmedabad, India

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TEAMS Design GmbH<br>Esslingen, Germany
Reinhard Renner

TEAMS Design GmbH
Esslingen, Germany

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Köhler Wilms GmbH<br>Herford, Germany
Irmy Wilms-Haverkamp

Köhler Wilms GmbH
Herford, Germany

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AVALON innovation Company<br>Copenhagen, Denmark
Henrik Jeppesen

AVALON innovation Company
Copenhagen, Denmark

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Chris Alt<br>Hamburg, Germany
Chris Alt

Chris Alt
Hamburg, Germany

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Process Brand Evolution<br>Zurich, Switzerland
Bärbel Fritz

Process Brand Evolution
Zurich, Switzerland

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thjnk AG<br>Hamburg, Germany
Karen Heumann

thjnk AG
Hamburg, Germany

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Wunderman<br>Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Larissa Pohl

Wunderman
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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THE KINDLER COMPANY<br>München, Germany
Matthias Kindler

THE KINDLER COMPANY
München, Germany

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TERADADESIGN & ARCHITECTS<br>Tokyo, Japan
Naoki Terada

TERADADESIGN & ARCHITECTS
Tokyo, Japan

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design & architecture<br>Zurich, Switzerland
Charles O. Job

design & architecture
Zurich, Switzerland

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Hkim Architects<br>, South Korea
Hyoeun Kim

Hkim Architects
, South Korea

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PRIMUS developments GmbH<br>Hamburg, Germany
Achim Nagel

PRIMUS developments GmbH
Hamburg, Germany

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Keiji Ashizawa Design Co., Ltd.<br>Tokyo, Japan
Keiji Ashizawa

Keiji Ashizawa Design Co., Ltd.
Tokyo, Japan

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Kolle Rebbe<br>Hamburg, Germany
Christian Doering

Kolle Rebbe
Hamburg, Germany

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NINE<br>Stockholm, Sweden
Isabelle Dahlborg Lidström

NINE
Stockholm, Sweden

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Siemens Corporate Technology<br>Rodenbach, Germany
Bettina Maisch

Siemens Corporate Technology
Rodenbach, Germany

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ifm electronic gmbh<br>Essen, Germany
Linda Schmidt

ifm electronic gmbh
Essen, Germany

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f/p design GmbH<br>Munich, Germany
Fritz Frenkler

f/p design GmbH
Munich, Germany

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Meneghello Paolelli Associati<br>Milano, Italy
Marco Paolelli

Meneghello Paolelli Associati
Milano, Italy

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Furf Design Studio<br>, Brazil
Mauricio Noronha

Furf Design Studio
, Brazil

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Artefakt Product Design<br>Darmstadt, Germany
Achim Pohl

Artefakt Product Design
Darmstadt, Germany

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Dept Agency<br>Hamburg, Germany
Verena Sandbote

Dept Agency
Hamburg, Germany

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Jury session

About 70 considerable design experts from over 20 countries evaluate the award winners in a fair jury process and according established criteria.

The jury will take place in January 2020.

REVIEW: Click on the video to get more information on the last jury session.

SEE IMAGES OF THE JURY SESSION

Awards ceremony

Great news: The iF design award night is heading to the Unesco City of Design - Berlin!

This is where the international design scene, economy and politics meet to celebrate: at the glamourous iF DESIGN AWARD 2020 awards ceremony - the iF design award night. On 4 May 2020, the iF design award night will take place at the legendary Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin for the first time! Save the date and stay tuned!

REVIEW: Click on the video to get more information on the last awards ceremony.

PHOTOS - iF design award night 2019

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

1. Registration & Data

How can I register for the iF DESIGN AWARD?

You have to register online first. In addition to your online registration you have to either ship an original sample of your entry for the jury session or present it with digital media. The requirements differ from discipline to discipline and category to category. For more information please see our Terms of participation, topic Presentation to jury: https://my.ifdesign.de/terms/if-design-award-2020#presentation-to-jury

Within 14 days after submission of the online registration you will receive the invoice of the registration fee. After receipt of the invoice you can pay via bank transfer or credit card payment. As soon as we have received the registration fee, you will receive an email with the admission to jury and further information on the participation process.

Are there any special requirements for the submissions?

Entries must be less than two years old at the date of registration or must be launched, published or realized in the award year. Future-oriented, professional concepts and studies whose implementation is not planned or expected can be entered in discipline Professional Concept.

I am a student, can I participate in the iF DESIGN AWARD?

The iF DESIGN AWARD is open for professionals only. Student concepts are not eligible.As student you can participate in the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD. The participation is free of charge.

How can I cancel my entry?

Please send us an email with your entry-ID. We will cancel the entry for you.

According to our terms you can cancel within 14 days after submission of your online registration for free. Please see also our terms, point 3: https://ifworlddesignguide.com/terms . After this date we will charge 100% of the registration fee as cancellation fee.

How can I change the data of an entry before the jury?

You can change or edit all data of the online registration from until the final registration deadline. After that date you can not change the data yourself anymore, but you can request the change via email award@ifdesign.de

Can I submit a series of products as a single entry?

A product series can be registered as one entry. All elements of the series must be available to the jury. At least one element must be submitted as an original product; further elements can be submitted in print format (brochure or charts/boards) or on request with digital media. In addition, please enter the following information in the online registration form:

  • Basic: Click the field 'Type of entry': Series of …
  • Images: Upload images that show all elements of the series
  • Description: Specify that your entry is a product series
  • Logistics: Click the field 'This entry represents a product family or series' and enter the number of elements that will be presented to the jury

Please keep in mind, that the weaker/weakest part of a series might decide, if the series will be awarded. So the series should have a very consistent design quality. If this is not the case it might be better to submit individual elements of the series as single entries. 

If you register a series and one or more individual elements of the series as single entries, you do not have to ship an extra product for the individual entry, since you will need to send the product as part of the series anyway.

Do I only have to submit originals or are prototypes sufficient?

You can also submit prototypes or digital media presentations (PDF and/or video link).

Experience with the judges has shown that the closer your entry is to the final product, the better are your chances. Therefore a non-working model usually has fewer chances to win than a working prototype. The final product is always the best.

For more information please see our Terms of participation, topics Presentation to jury and Upload of digital submissions: https://my.ifdesign.de/terms/if-design-award-2020

Can I register a product which participated or won in another award?

Yes you can! Please feel free to register the product for the iF DESIGN AWARD.

How long will my entry stay confidential? When will it be published?

All registrations will be treated confidential. The jury session is not open to the public. All jury members are requested to treat the entries confidential, but we do not ask them to sign a confidentiality agreement. After the jury session, at the end of January, we will publish all award winners. Non-winning entries will not be published at all. If you want an awarded entry not to be published, please send us an email and we will find a solution.

How to write a good entry description?

The number of characters is limited to 650 characters including spaces and punctuation marks. Therefore concentrate on the main innovation. What makes your entry special and different (to the competitors)? What makes it relevant? Do not write anything about the quality of the design (as this is up to the jury to decide). Keep in mind that the entry will be there (either virtual or physically) for the jury to judge, so do not say anything that the jury can see already by looking at the entry. Tell them something they cannot see (technical features, patents, production methods, innovative construction). Usually it does not help to write anything on the design process (inspiration, thoughts, method). This of course depends on the entry, but either these things are transported without words, or are not relevant for the decision of the jury.

I would like to register for a company (or even several companies) as an agent. How should I do the registrations?

You should create one “my iF” account for each client. To explain why and how exactly you should do it, we would like to give you a little bit more background: For each registration there are different roles/addresses:

- participant
- client/manufacturer
- designer (can be more than one address)
- invoice recipient

In general all roles/addresses can but do not have to be different. All roles/addresses consist of a postal address as well as a contact person (phone, email). All the communication concerning the award is done with the participant mostly via email. The invoice is sent via email to the contact person of the invoice recipient. The legal contract is between iF and the participant.

So given this background, these are the major steps:

  1. Create a my iF account for each client
  2. Enter your contact details as the participant role/address
  3. Enter your clients address under manufacturer
  4. Enter the designer(s) address(es) under Designer
  5. Enter the address that the invoice should go to under “invoice recipient” (this depends who should pay the invoice – this could be you or the company).
  6. Enter YOUR personal contact data like name, phone and email under the invoice recipient address (so you will get the emails concerning invoices)
How can I change or edit the data for an entry?

You can edit and change the text and image data of your entry in your my iF user account until the final registration deadline. All data fields you can edit are white. The ones you cannot edit are grey. If you need to change data of a grey field, please contact iF to do it for you.

2. Fees

How can I pay the award fees?

You will receive the invoice for the registration fee within two weeks after submission of your online registration via email. In addition you can download it in your my iF user account at section INVOICES. After the receipt of the invoice you can pay via bank transfer or credit card payment. Important: Please use the invoice number and customer number as payment reference. Both numbers will be stated on the invoice.

How do I know if the payment is received by iF?

As soon as we have received your payment, the invoice in your my iF user account will switch from OUTSTANDING INVOICES to ARCHIVE.

Our invoices have a payment deadline of 14 days. If we have not received your payment within 2 weeks after the payment deadline (so 4 weeks after we have written the invoice) we will send out a dunning letter. If you are unsure, if we have received the payment, please feel free to contact us.

I do not want to participate in the iF winners’ exhibition, can I pay less?

No. The full award winning fee is mandatory for all award winners for every awarded entry. The fee is part of the terms of participation which you have noted and accepted when submitting your online registration.

Do I have to pay the award winning fee?

Yes. The award winning fee is mandatory for all award winners for every awarded entry. The fee is part of the terms of participation which you have noted and accepted when submitting your online registration. The fee includes a variety of services for winners. Check out your benefits: https://ifworlddesignguide.com/our-awards/professional-awards/if-design-award-2020#benefits-for-winners

How can I change the invoice data?

You can not change the address yourself. iF has to do it for you. Please send an email to accouting@ifdesign.de

Can I pay in a different currency?

You can pay in a different currency than Euro per bank transfer or per credit card. Once you have received the invoice you will find a link to my iF for the credit card payment. When paying, just convert the amount on the invoice into your currency with the course on the day of payment.

3. After the award: Certificates & Co.

We would like to change our awarded entry in some details. Can we still use the iF logo for the new/changed entry?

In order to be entitled to carry the iF Logo, the product itself cannot be changed in any case in one or more of the following aspects:

- Shape, Dimensions, Proportion
- Function
- Color, decor
- Material

The rebranding itself should be of similar proportions, size and appearance. (So no huge logo instead of a small one which the awarded one carried)

How can I change the data of an entry after the award ceremony?

You can not change the data yourself anymore. iF will do it for you. Please send an email with the updated data to award@ifdesign.de.

Can I order more certificates and trophies after the award ceremony?

You can order additional display certificates (21 cm x 21 cm aluminum brushed display) and iF gold award trophies (for iF gold award winners only) by charge. Paper certificates can not be ordered, but you can download a printable PDF file in your my iF entry overview. Orders are possible by advance payment only. Production and shipping time may take up to 4 weeks in total. You will find the order form in your my iF user account, section BENEFITS.

We would like to sell our awarded entry under a different brand name. Can we use the logo for the new brand as well?

This depends on the individual case. Please contact the award team at award@ifdesign.de

I did not win an award, can I know the reason?

We do provide jury statements for iF gold awarded entries only.Unfortunately, it’s not possible to record comments for every entry due to the high number of entries which have to be judged in a limited time.

Can I visit the iF design award night, without being awarded?

Yes. All participants get an invitation. However, be quick: The seats are strictly limited and you have to register early. You also have to pay the ticket price contrary to those who have been honored. Read all about the award night here: https://ifworlddesignguide.com/our-awards/professional-awards/if-design-award-2020


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iF DESIGN AWARD Team

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