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The iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD is one of the most important design prizes for students from all over the world, with about 10,000 submissions each year. Together with our sponsors, iF provides the platform for talented young designers and their future-oriented concepts.

This time, the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD grew in support and new features for young design talents! We happily welcomed new sponsors: GROHE and Compal Electronics, next to Samsung Electronics, Wonderland, Haier and Dongguan South China Design Innovation Institute.

The competition categories correspond to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. That’s the reason why we are looking for submissions that address the most pressing challenges facing our society.

Once winners have been chosen and the prize money awarded, all winning entries are published here in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE. The best entries win a share of prize money of EUR 50,000 (in total in 2020).

The iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2021 first round winners are revealed. You can find them in our collection here.

Registration closed! Stay tuned for the next round in autumn 2020!

Information in your language

The Jurors

Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Ltd.<br>Taipei, Taiwan
Renee Wang

Wonderland Nurserygoods Company Ltd.
Taipei, Taiwan

BSH Home Appliances (China) Co., Ltd.<br>Nanjing, China
Yao Xingen

BSH Home Appliances (China) Co., Ltd.
Nanjing, China

Samsung Design Europe<br>London, United Kingdom
Hong Yeo

Samsung Design Europe
London, United Kingdom

Dongguan South China Design Innovation Institute<br>Dongguan City, China
Tak Lee

Dongguan South China Design Innovation Institute
Dongguan City, China

Yeditepe University<br>Istanbul, Turkey
Aysem G. Başar

Yeditepe University
Istanbul, Turkey

CENTRO BRASIL DESIGN<br>Curitiba, Brazil
Leticia Castro

Curitiba, Brazil

Yeditepe University<br>Istanbul, Turkey
Ece Ceylan Baba

Yeditepe University
Istanbul, Turkey

Ozyegin University<br>Istanbul, Turkey
Yeşim Eröktem

Ozyegin University
Istanbul, Turkey

Forbo Flooring BV<br>Assendelft, Netherlands
Dorothé Kessels

Forbo Flooring BV
Assendelft, Netherlands

Hkim Architects<br>Seoul, South Korea
Hyoeun Kim

Hkim Architects
Seoul, South Korea

Izmir University of Economics<br>Izmir, Turkey
Elif Kocabiyik

Izmir University of Economics
Izmir, Turkey

Studio Kowalewski<br>Hamburg, Germany
Andreas Kowalewski

Studio Kowalewski
Hamburg, Germany

COMPAL<br>Taipei, Taiwan
Avin Wang

Taipei, Taiwan

Jin Kuramoto

Tokyo, Japan

University of Applied Sciences Munich<br>Munich, Germany
Bettina Maisch

University of Applied Sciences Munich
Munich, Germany

Deusto University<br>Bilbao, Spain
Rodrigo Martínez

Deusto University
Bilbao, Spain

Design Institute of Spain<br>Madrid, Spain
Juan Mellen

Design Institute of Spain
Madrid, Spain

BAU (Bahcesehir University)<br>Istanbul, Turkey
Kunter Şekercioǧlu

BAU (Bahcesehir University)
Istanbul, Turkey

econcept<br>Pulheim, Germany
Ursula Tischner

Pulheim, Germany

Seoul Upcycling Plaza<br>Seoul, South Korea
Dayyoung Yoon

Seoul Upcycling Plaza
Seoul, South Korea

The Index Project<br>Copenhagen, Denmark
Liza Chong

The Index Project
Copenhagen, Denmark

STUDIO DINO FRANKE<br>Düsseldorf, Germany
Dino Franke

Düsseldorf, Germany

GROHE AG<br>Düsseldorf, Germany
Mirko Götzen

Düsseldorf, Germany

GROHE AG<br>Düsseldorf, Germany
Jungbeom Han

Düsseldorf, Germany

Samsung Design Europe<br>London, United Kingdom
Felix Heck

Samsung Design Europe
London, United Kingdom

Kaywon University of Art & Design<br>Sujong-Ku, South Korea
Sangjang Lee

Kaywon University of Art & Design
Sujong-Ku, South Korea

GROHE AG<br>Düsseldorf, Germany
Duarte Salvador

Düsseldorf, Germany

TANGIBLE.<br>Seoul, South Korea
Yoonseuk Shim

Seoul, South Korea

Haier Innovation Design Center<br>Qingdao, China
Zhou Shu

Haier Innovation Design Center
Qingdao, China

Mordag Design<br>Istanbul, Turkey
Mete Mordag

Mordag Design
Istanbul, Turkey

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Categories | The UN Sustainable Development Goals

Important to know:

Important to know:

In 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.


Sponsors 2020

This year, our sponsors have the opportunity to select and to focus on a specific Sustainability Development Goal (SDG). In addition, they are free to appoint design experts from their organization to judge the chosen SDG. This round, the following sponsors have committed themselves and appointed experts for the jury:

  • Samsung Electronics with SDG No. 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and
  • GROHE with SDG No. 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation)

If you are also interested in supporting the young design talent, click here and become a sponsor.

Dates and fees


15 Jul 2020

Registration deadline

Aug 2020

Jury session

Sep 2020

Information to the award winners

Oct 2020

Publication of the award winners


The participation in the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD is free of charge.

Benefits for winners

Evaluation Criteria

Does it approach or solve a relevant problem?

  • Degree of innovation
  • Degree of elaboration
  • Uniqueness
  • Use value and usability

Does it reflect moral-ethical standards?

  • Human dignity
  • Respect for the individual
  • Justice and fairness
  • Awareness of environmental standards
  • Social responsibility

Does it strengthen or promote high group relations?

  • Sensivity for cultural traditions and power relations
  • Concern for common goals and the collective
  • Addressing social conflict through dialogue

Does it create a positive experience?

  • Respect for the individual, justice + fairness, positive experience and fun
  • Aesthectical potential, spatial ambience
  • Social responsibility, comfort and pleasure

Does it balance effort and use value?

  • Efficient use of resources
  • Feasibility and ease of implementation
  • Long-term perspective

The winners of the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2020_01

Winner iF DTA 2020_02_Teaser

View all winners of the first round referring to the following Categories based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals at a glance:
01. No Poverty
02. Zero Hunger
03. Goood Health and Well-Being
04. Quality Education
05. Gender Equality
06. Clean Water and Sanitation
07. Affordable and Clean Energy
08. Decent Work and Economic Growth
09. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
10. Reduced Inequalities
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
12. Responsible Consumption and Production
13. Climate Action
14. Life below Water
15. Life on Land


Protect your rights

Students and recent graduates often find it difficult to protect their designs against copyright infringements. Therefore, we recommend the following institutions that can help you with protecting your designs, depending on country or region of origin.

Protection in Europe

The Trade Mark Designs and Registration Office of the European Union (OHIM), located in Alicante, Spain, offers effective protection against copyright infringement. As soon as your design is registered as a community design, it will be protected in each European Union member state.


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