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Design Focus - the inspiring world of good design

In our articles, listicles, design specials and interviews we are focusing on current design trends, ask designers, industry experts and manufacturers about future trends, their challenges and understanding of good design in their certain industry. From indoor lifestyle or lighting over branding and transformation towards gaming: We serve exclusive insights into designer's everyday work - and of course into current award winner collections.

Seasonal Listicles

10 Inspiring Solutions on Sustainable Consumption

10 Inspiring Solutions on Sustainable Consumption

If you have some doubts how to start, these iF awarded projects, ideas and products make it easier to go green.

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Pimp your toolbox with these nine awarded tools

Pimp your toolbox with these nine awarded tools

Cordless screwdriver, ergonomic utility knife, 3D space scanner and Co. help you to optimize DIY projects at home.

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How to style white this winter

How to style white this winter

We show you ten products and home accessories which could be considered as export hits from winter wonderland.

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Eight Christmas gift ideas from our iF team

Eight Christmas gift ideas from our iF team

Scroll through our personal iF Christmas selection and find out what memories our colleagues from all around the world associate with these outstanding design products.

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Things we are longing for in the winter season

Things we are longing for in the winter season

Find eight awarded products to keep you warm and comfortable during winter season.

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10 solutions that give hope in times of COVID-19

10 solutions that give hope in times of COVID-19

The second wave of pandemic is underway in Europe – these projects, ideas and products submitted to iF help deal with hope and confidence in these uncertain times.

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iF wish list - what are the favorite designs of the iF headquarter team

iF wish list - what are the favorite designs of the iF headquarter team

We at iF dived deep in our design excellence and each colleague from the headquarter found one awarded product, that never left their minds and want to share them with you. Scroll through our personal iF Christmas selection 2019!

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Exclusive Insights: Innovation at IFA Berlin 2018

Exclusive Insights: Innovation at IFA Berlin 2018

IFA has always regarded itself as a hotspot for technological trends in our kitchens, in the home and home entertainment. Voice control has found its way into all kinds of appliances and devices. Having touchscreens on kitchen appliances has become almost just as everyday as using an app for food management. iF asked exhibitors before the halls in Berlin opened.

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Family & Lifestyle

What's the perfect gift for a baby shower?

What's the perfect gift for a baby shower?

Read in our new Design Special what toy companies challenge in designing new products for kids these days.

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How Fitness Equipment Turn to Lifestyle Objects

How Fitness Equipment Turn to Lifestyle Objects

Like a trendy furiture it finds its way into the living spaces. Our iF Design Special takes up this trend.

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Why the industry needs a toy design manifesto

Why the industry needs a toy design manifesto

An international collective has recently published a book with design guidelines for toy design. It is the first of its kind. Here, the coordinator Luca Fois talks about their mission.

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Design Special: Erotic Toys

Design Special: Erotic Toys

Adult toy design from a new perspective: Read why there are no taboos in good design and how well-crafted erotic toys are judged.

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User Experience Consumer

Service Design Special: Creating Experiences

iF Service Design Special with Experts Birgit Mager and Chillimind's Oliver Gerstheimer.

For our iF design special on "Service Design", we talked to the experts Birgit Mager and Oliver Gerstheimer about this special topic. Beside the best of the best designs in this discipline, we also offer you a white paper presenting "Five Good Principles of Service Design by Oliver Gerstheimer".

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SONY fills the World with Emotions | Interview with Yutaka Hasegawa

Yutaki Hasewaga, Head of Sony Creative Centers

Everyone knows Sony. As a long-established multinational consumer electronics manufacturer, Sony always attaches great importance to the role and value of design. Sony established its Creative Center in 1961, which made Sony one of the first companies to create an in-house creative studio.

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From Streaming to Gaming: Consumer Electronics Special

From Streaming to Gaming: Consumer Electronics Special

What are the best audio designs and what do women want from technical home equipment? Read what our experts say!

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House & Home

Bath Design Special

Bath Design Special

What dominates the bathroom industry? What are the big bath trends 2019? What are the best bathroom designs and the best bath manufacturers? For our big Bath Design Special we talked to experts, award winning designers and manufacturers and we also took a look inside our iF WORLD DESIGN INDEX to find out: Which designers and manufacturers played a crucial role in bath design in the past five years.

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Turn the light on! iF Design Special: Lighting

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Designers and manufacturers ask themselves today more than ever: what is good lighting, what is good lamp design nowadays? Are LEDs still going strong? Blue light or red light? Visual, decorative lamps for the living room or rather alsmost invisible, indirect lighting? Find out what the experts say.

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New Special: Garden Design

New Special: Garden Design

From barbecue to private chillout zone - get inspired by awarded garden designs!

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Healthy Living

An iF gold award-winning product that took 10 years to develop

Oliver Blackwell, CEO of Clinical Design

Oliver Blackwell from Clinical Design point out: "Urine tests are so routine, they´re second nature." Learn how their product has revolutionized medical standards.

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Design Special: Medical Design

Design Special: Medical Design

On the occasion of the Medica in Düsseldorf, we asked medical experts about their challenges and the role of Artificial Intelligence in medical design.

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Interview with "Pure Energy" expert Chris Alt about Fitness Apps

Interview with

Chris Alt is Art Director and fitness coach in Hamburg, Germany. Here she gives us the inside scoop on wearables as a trending topic in home fitness.

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Interview on Biodynamic Lighting with Philips´Sleep Expert Edouard Gebski

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The arrangement of lighting, the intensity of light can actually have a huge effect on a human's well-being. Biodynamic lighitng and humancentric lighitng are no loan words anymore.

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Built Visions

Architecture & Interior Design Special: Hospitality | Part 1

Architecture & Interior Design Special: Hospitality | Part 1

Design studios rely on case studies, bigger hotel chains analyze the habitats of their guests and come up with new ideas. How all this ends up in modern hotel design trends can best be shown by diving into this year's iF DESIGN AWARD 2020 winners.

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Urban micro housing in Turkey

tiny house concepts in cities like Hong Kong

Since there is a growing awareness for sustainability, tiny houses and micro apartments are getting more and more popular. We talked with the Istanbul-based degostudio about architecture trends and micro housing in Turkey.

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Communication & Branding

Speak it loud! iF Design Special: Branding

Brand Design Special with Virgil Abloh, IKEA, Dieter Rams, Demodern, Interbrand and more

For our big iF Design Special Branding we asked experts from our jury for the iF DESIGN AWARD and companies: What makes the big brands so successful? What is actually good brand design? And what are the next big trends?

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A visual Language which People can relate to

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Over the years, KMS TEAM has created more than 300 successful branding projects for their clients. Believing in the power of collaboration, KMS TEAM rises by lifting others, explains Patrick Märki, Managing Partner of KMS TEAM Germany in this interview.

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Leading House for Design and Transformation in Germany

Leading House for Design and Transformation in Germany

MUTABOR's official city logo for Hamburg, Germany's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games (2016). One of plenty works of the interdisciplinary team of over 145 members in five units: Identity, Strategy, Experience, Architecture, and Technology. A talk about MUTABOR's visions and standards in digital branding and digital design solutions.

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Industry X.0

Revolutionary? About developments within "Industry 4.0"

Revolutionary? About developments within

Cyber-physical systems, cloud computing, automated production, cognitive computing are major buzzwords and help companies to stay competitive as during the "fourth industrial revolution". We talked to experts about trends in the future-driven industry.

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Mobility & Smart Cities

E-Mobility and Autonomy: iF Design Special Automobiles

iF Design Special: Automobiles

The automobile industry is changing - not only in technology. The conscience for rather sustainable solutions is growing immensely, new thinkings and ways of mobility - be that new energies, fewer cars in cities or completely new ways of transportation - are in the heads of customers as well as manufacturers. Our experts tell how it affects design.

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Urban Cycling for a Better Quality of Life

Urban Cycling for a Better Quality of Life

"Social and sustainable city = bicycle-friendly city" – planners and architects often draw on this formula when involved in urban planning in order to afford cities with a better quality of life.
London and Melbourne, for example, are both investing heavily in bicycle networks as fast commuter and transport routes.

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iF Archive: Designers Highlights

Over 35,000 award-winning products in 64 years of iF history. More than 13,500 companies have received an iF DESIGN AWARD. The iF design selections focus on one thematical aspect each from the multitude of award winners and award-winning products. In each issue of the iF design selections well-known design experts will present their personal highlights from one segment of the iF DESIGN AWARD.

Design Focus - the inspiring world of good design

The selections rank from mobility, houseware or interior design to materials and packaging or electronics. Among our design curators are such names as Franco Clivio (picture), Ronald Ihrig, Nils Holger Moormann, Dorrit Bøilerehauge, Charles O. Job or J'amine Cohen and many more.

Get inspired and scroll through the exclusive designer selections