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Jurors Corner

What Makes Design "Good"? Podcast by Design Museum

What Makes Design

iF CEO Ralph Wiegmann and iF juror Karen Korellis Reuther are guests in the current episode of the podcast "Design is Everywhere" by Design Museum.

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Design predictions 2021: This is what our iF jurors say

Design predictions 2021: This is what our iF jurors say

Will service design see a rise? What’s the power of local crafts? Our iF jurors forecast the year ahead.

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What are the challenges in measuring design? - Interview with Darragh Murphy

What are the challenges in measuring design? - Interview with Darragh Murphy

More than 'Yes' or 'No' for Participants: A new iF jury feedback poster helps to overcome the challenges when trying to measure design.

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Open Letter to Nils Holger Moormann

Open Letter to Nils Holger Moormann

iF acknowledges the multi-faceted German furniture designer for his merits for the design industry.

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Interview with Art Director and iF Juror Chris Alt

Interview with Art Director and iF Juror Chris Alt

We talked with Chris about unexpected turns of life, virtual coaches and the challenges in fitness app design. She gives us the inside scoop on wearables as a trending topic in home fitness.

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Interview with ARTEFAKT's CEO Achim Pohl

Interview with ARTEFAKT's CEO Achim Pohl

"It seems a bit crazy": German company wins 5 o 6 awards for toilet flush plates.

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Interview with Juror Elísabet Elfa Arnarsdóttir

Interview with Juror Elísabet Elfa Arnarsdóttir

Sustainable design is more than a buzzword! We asked Patagonia's designer Elísabet Elfa Arnarsdóttir about her philosophy.

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Good Design is Universal - Interview with Keng-Ming Liu

Good Design is Universal - Interview with Keng-Ming Liu

Keng-Ming Liu is a music video director, illustrator, motion and toy designer. He is the creative director and chairman of the board at Bito, a creative studio founded in Taipei, Taiwan, in 2013. He has worked for international brands such as Facebook, Disney, Asus, Mercedes Benz and Herman Miller.

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Interview with Lighting Designer Ulrike Brandi

Interview with Lighting Designer Ulrike Brandi

Ulrike Brandi is an internationally acclaimed lighting designer, author, and educator. Among her works include lighting for the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Airport Pudong in Shanghai, Museum Inam in Japan, Royal Academy of Music in London, Masterplan Light for the City of Rotterdam and the Rotterdam Central Station.

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Talent Success Story with Junggi Sung - from award-winning student to an iF DESIGN AWARD juror

Talent Success Story: Junggi Sung

We at iF are proud to share one of the most amazing talent success stories – the story of Junggi Sung, who came all the way from aspiring design student to a remarkable design career and finally an iF jury member!

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What makes iF jurors so special?

What makes iF jurors so special?

Being part of the iF jury is like being part of an exclusive circle. Since six decades, iF invites high profile design experts from all over the world to take part in the jury session of the iF DESIGN AWARD. We are very proud of this year’s jury that lists 67 names and is very diverse – in professional experience, origin, age and gender. The jurors come from 20 countries.

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Portraits

Rido Busse obituary

Rido Busse obituary

We mourn the loss of this industrial designer who will be remembered as tireless fighter against plagiarism.

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Michele De Lucchi: "Technology is nowadays an opportunity"

Michele De Lucchi:

Here the design pionieer of postmodernism talks about AMDL CIRCLE's projects, the young design generation and the 40th anniversary of the Memphis Group.

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Manfred Lamy obituary

Manfred Lamy obituary

We mourn the loss of a courageous German entrepreneur who has revolutionized the look of fountain pens together with designer Gerd A. Müller.

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The Success Story of Hammam Design Radiator

The Success Story of Hammam Design Radiator

The iF award winner has become one of the leading manufacturers of towel warmer production in Turkey. Their function-first aesthetic attracts customers, above all, in Europe.

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Braun Celebrates 100 Years of Innovative and Timeless Design

Braun Celebrates 100 Years of Innovative and Timeless Design

The success of this traditional design brand from Germany is reflected in the iF award history – and even related to the iF company’s foundation.

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"'Scandinavian' is in our DNA"

VE2’s Co-Founder Morten Lauritzen explains in this interview how his team manages to inspire brands like Zone Denmark, Furnipart or Hitsa.

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Interview with KMS TEAM's Managing Partner Patrick Märki

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"Rise by others is our core belief": Multiple iF winner KMS TEAM Germany believes in the power of collaboration. In this interview Patrick Märki explains why.

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Interview with Sony's Yutaka Hasegawa

Yutaki Hasewaga, Head of Sony Creative Centers

We talked to Sony's Vice President and Head of Sony Creative Center about their daily work as designers and their design philosophy.

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Interview with MUTABOR's Chief Creative Officer and Co-Owner Heinrich Paravicini

Interview with MUTABOR's Chief Creative Officer and Co-Owner Heinrich Paravicini

Design high flyer MUTABOR from Germany sets new standards in digital branding.

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Samsung’s Felix Heck about the new 'blueprints'

Samsung’s Felix Heck about the new 'blueprints'

Find out why the Korean technology group has long committed to promoting young design talents.

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Niederrheinische Formenfabrik Janssen Honored with their First iF Gold Award

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The German manufacturer of industrial cookie former, based in Krefeld, participated in the iF DESIGN AWARD for the first time this year and was promptly honored with an iF gold award - the highest recognition at iF! Read more about their success in our interview.

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Compal Electronics joins Sponsors for the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD

Compal Electronics joins Sponsors for the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD

In the current 2020 edition, we are beyond happy to welcome Compal Electronics as a new top-class sponsor among GROHE, Haier, Samsung Electronics, and Wonderland. That is why we talked to iF juror Shikuan Chen, Chief Design Officer (CDO) and Senior Vice President of the Marketing and Innovation office of Compal Electronics, about what it takes to be a successful young designer?

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We mourn the loss of Lighting Designer Ingo Maurer

Lighting Designer Ingo Maurer

The Munich artist wrote more than 50 years of lighting history. The lights and light objects of Ingo are considered groundbreaking in their design until today.

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"You get paid to get a shower, not a bath!"

When the AXOR design brand was first launched in 1993, the philosophy of producing well-designed products with the greatest possible customer benefits was already firmly anchored in the DNA of the manufacturer Hansgrohe. We talked to Jan Heisterhagen, Vice President Product Management at Hansgrohe SE, and Andreas Diefenbach, Design Business Manager and member of the Management Board at Phoenix Design.

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Lucie Koldova revives Bohemian glass

Lucie Kaldova | Lighting Special

Lucie Koldova is an acclaimed Czech product and furniture designer and art director at Brokis. Her collaboration with the brand began in 2010 with the timeless MUFFINS and BALLOONS lighting collections, which she designed while living and working in Paris.

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Interview on Biodynamic Lighting with Philips' Sleep Expert Edouard Gebski

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In modern times, we simply have to function. At work, on the way to work and even at home. No wonder, people feel more and more exhausted. Little do they know, what a great impact lighting could have on their energy and well-being. Daily exposure to darkness or artifical light cannot be in terms with the natural human body clock. We talked to sleep expert Edouard Gebski on how light can help to improve our well-being.

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iF Success Story: iF Design Talents Share Their Career Paths

Aust & Amelung

Miriam Aust and Sebastian Amelung received their iF Awards for their final project in 2014, a floor lamp, and are busy as furniture, interior and exhibition designers for various companies and projects from their headquarter in Kassel, Germany. We asked them what motivated them back then, what happened since then and, of course: What became of their awarded lamp design?

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Interview with design consultant Long Jiao

Interview with design consultant Long Jiao

Long Jiao has more than 15 years of professional experience in design consulting and design research. He has unique insights and rich practical experience in design strategy and planning. The industries involved include automotive, technology, consumer electronics, medical health and FMCG.

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Success Stories: iF awarded students share their paths

Jonas Buck und Johanne Shoemaker machen hippen Schmuck in Berlin

Johanna Schoemaker and Jonas Buck received their iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD for their final projects in 2010, and have more than one answer to this question for us: they are owners and designers of the Berlin based jewelry label Quiet Quiet, as well as design consultants to international companies and agencies.

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Into the future – with a sustainable drone and an iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD

iF Success Story | Mikhael Geordie Amadeus | SWARM drone

Every year, we honor outstanding designs created by students from all over the world with the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD. We strongly believe in the potential of young designers to change and innovate in our future world. We want to find out which ways our young winners have gone. This time, we talked to Mikhael Geordie Amadeus from Sydney.

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A Glimpse into Austrian Design - Interview with Eberhard Schrempf of Creative Industries Styria

A Glimpse into Austrian Design - Interview with Eberhard Schrempf of Creative Industries Styria

iF Portugal representative and professional journalist Tiago Krusse spoke with Eberhard Schrempf, managing director of Creative Industries Styria in Graz, Austria, about Austria's investment and business climate and how the Designmonat event has been changing mentalities.

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iF Jubilees

Vaillant celebrates 25 years of iF awards

Vaillant celebrates 25 years of iF awards

Udo Ermert, Senior Design Manager at Vaillant, talks about their way of becoming a super brand.

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Silhouette Celebrates its 25th iF Anniversary

Silhouette Celebrates its 25th iF Anniversary

We take a closer look at the popular rumor about the Linz's eyewear manufacturer and the movie "Matrix".

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Sennheiser celebrates 50 years of iF awards

Sennheiser celebrates 50 years of iF awards

The German audio company has been honored with 63 iF DESIGN AWARDS since 1969. Congratulations!

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Dräger celebrates 25 years of Design Excellence

Dräger celebrates 25 years of Design Excellence

What happens when product design shapes a brand: We congratulate German family-based company!

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25 years of iF Awards - Congrats NOSE AG!

25 years of iF DESIGN AWARDS for NOSE DESIGN Experience. Swiss made design quality has been honored in the past years 36 times! Well done!

From a Swiss railway train to a wireless microphone, shaped like a pen or a multi-media informational display series: There is probably nothing NOSE Design Experience cannot design. And since 1994, only three years after their founding, Nose has been honored with 36 iF DESIGN AWARDS. We are proud and congratulate on 25 years full of iF awards.

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25 years of iF DESIGN AWARD participation with Schmidhuber Brand Experience

25 years of iF DESIGN AWARD participation with Schmidhuber Brand Experience

30 years in the business, of which 25 years were full of iF DESIGN AWARDS! We are proud to congratulate Schmidhuber Brand Experience (interior, architectural and communication projects) on their special anniversary they share with iF!

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25 Years of iF Awards: Hesse Design

25 Years of iF Awards: Hesse Design

We talked to founder Klaus Hesse about what a paper waste basket and communication design have in ccommon.

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60 years of iF Awards: Congrats BSH/Brand Siemens!

60 years of iF Awards: Congrats BSH/Brand Siemens!

BSH Hausgeräte GmbH/Brand Siemens is one of the world's leading companies in the industry and the largest home appliance manufacturer in Europe. In the last 60 years, their designs have won 372 iF DESIGN AWARDS. We congratulate on their special iF anniversary this year!

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50 years of iF DESIGN AWARDS: Congrats Seca!

Seca CEO Frederik Vogel and iF's Dirk Bartelsmeier

The German world leader in medical measurement and weighing puts safety and design first!

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60 Years iF Awards for Gira

60 Years iF Awards for Gira

Hans-Jörg Müller, Head of Product and Design Division at Gira, explains why smartphones pushed Gira's deisgn.

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50 years of iF Awards: Festo keeping the bar high for design-driven industrial companies

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The world's leading provider of pneumatic and electrical automation technology celebrates its 50th year of iF award participation. Festo has been honored with 158 iF DESIGN AWARDS since 1969! Congratulations!

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