Disciplines & Categories

1.0 Product

1.01 Automobiles / Vehicles

Includes cars, accessories and components (wheels, steering wheels, engine compartments, instruments, controls, lighting), e-cars, car-charging solutions, 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, audio headsets, hi-fi devices, loudspeakers, mobile loudspeakers, PC speakers, MP3 players, radios, studio equipment, accessories and more.

1.07 TV / Cameras

Includes cameras, media players/receivers, 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, network 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 purifieres, balconies, conservatories, doors, fittings and systems, garages, gates, switches, door handels, 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.

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.

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 presentations, brochures, posters, signets and logos, manuals, catalogs and more.

3.05 Magazines / Press / Publishing

Includes digital or print publications including 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.

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 Shop / Showrooms

Includes retail architecture as an element of brand communication.

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

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.

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

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

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 & 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.


Jury & Evaluation Criteria

In January 2018, over 50 experts from all over the world will come together to select the winners in the iF DESIGN AWARD 2018. The jury session will last for three days. Behind closed doors, the jury will examine, touch, explore, test, analyze and, most importantly, thoroughly discuss all entries. The jurors will be announced by October 2017. Applying for an award does not mean you will win one. The jury’s decision is final; there is no legal recourse.

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

Presentation to Jury

Submission deadline: 24 November 2017

You must present your entry as original product or entry item or with digital media, depending on the chosen discipline and category.

Please read the following requirements for each category carefully.

Disciplines Product / Packaging

All entries must be submitted as original products/items. In exceptional cases only, such as extremely large products or products not yet industrially produced, you can submit models or scale models. If all this is not possible, you can present your entry with digital media. For more information please see Media Upload.

You can register entries containing several components, or entries available in various designs, as a series. All elements of the series must be available to the jury. At least one element must be submitted as an original product/item; further elements can be submitted in print format (brochure or charts/boards).

Discipline Communication

Categories: Websites, Apps / Software, Film / Video, Events

Entries must be submitted as digital media. For more information please see Media Upload.

Categories: Corporate Identity / Branding, Magazines / Press / Publishing, Campaigns / Advertising, Annual Reports, Typography / Signage

Entries must be submitted either as original items or as digital media. A combination of both is not possible.

Please submit brochures, books, annual reports, calendars, catalogues, magazines etc. as original items. Entries on boards must be no larger than DIN A1, maximum 8 boards. Posters must be mounted on cardboard (no larger than DIN A1).

For more information on digital media please see Media Upload.

Disciplines Interior Architecture, Architecture, Professional Concept, Service Design / UX

Entries must be submitted as digital media. For more information please see Media Upload.


Media Upload

Deadline: 24 November 2017


The digital media have to be uploaded in the online registration form in the field labeled 'Media'.

PDF Media link
Containing images, drawings and/or
descriptive texts explaining your entry


  • Language: English
  • Number of pages: maximum of 8 pages
  • File size: maximum 10 MB
  • Format: Landscape
  • Screen resolution: 2560 x 1440 pixels

Enter a link (URL) for your entry
e.g. website, YouTube or Vimeo URL
(URL can be password-protected)

Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes.

URL must be live and accessible online
from 24 November 2017 to 26 January 2018

This applies only for a digital entry presentation.


Shipment to Jury

Shipping period: 13 October to 24 November 2017

Delivery address:
DHL Trade Fairs & Events GmbH
Entry-ID: 324-x-xxxxxx / Category No.: x.xx
Ulmer Strasse 2
30880 Hannover - Laatzen

Your contact at DHL:
Mr. Oliver Koch
Phone +49.511.4756290
Email ifdesign@dhl.com

Labelling of entries and packaging

All entries, as well as all product and transport packaging, must be clearly labeled with an entry-ID and category number. If your consignment contains more than one entry, all entry-IDs must be listed on the exterior of the packaging.

Shipping label, PDF, 112.85kB

Fees for shipping and assembly

Original products/items must be shipped, pre-paid by sender and free of charge for iF, via mail, courier or forwarding company to our logistics partner DHL TFE. For deliveries from non-EU countries the participant has to ensure that product deliveries are handled in accordance with the customs requirements for the free trade of goods (Delivered Duty Paid). If temporary import is opted, it is essential that you contact a freight forwarder.

Entries must be delivered pre-assembled or registered for self-assembly. If we have to assemble your entry, we may charge you an additional fee.

Discipline Communication and Packaging
In these categories, entries will not be returned unless you specifically request the return in the registration form. You have to pay all fees relating to the return of the entries. iF will also charge you a handling and storage fee of EUR 30.00 (plus VAT) per entry.

Shipment from non-EU countries

Each shipment from non-EU countries must be accompanied with a full set of documents as follows:

  • 2 copies of Air Waybill / Sea Waybill
  • 3 copies of commercial / pro forma invoice, containing:
    • Entry-IDs of each declared product
    • Goods description as "Sample"
    • Value for customs-purposes only
    • Complete address and contact of shipping company


Download sample document:


EORI number

Shipments from non-EU countries will need an EORI number for import. You should check whether your company already has an EORI number. If not, you can request a number from:

Informations- und Wissensmanagement Zoll
Postfach 10 07 61
01077 Dresden
Fax: +49.351.44834-444
Phone: +49.351.44834-540
Email: antrag.eori@zoll.de


Transportation and exhibition insurance

Your entry may be damaged in shipping or assembly. iF cannot insure entries, and we recommend that you acquire insurance for each of the entries you submit.

You should check if your own company already has transport and exhibition insurance. If not, iF recommends the following insurance company:

Landschaftliche Brandkasse Hannover
Ms. Ilona Reineke
Phone +49.511.3622796
Fax +49.511.3623393


Transport and exhibition insurance, PDF, 226.75kB

Self-assembly and motor vehicles

Entries which have to be assembled by yourself can be registered for self-assembly via email under service@ifdesign.de. iF reserves the right to accept or refuse entries for self-assembly at its own discretion. If you choose the self-assembly option, you will be required to disassemble the entry yourself, whether or not your entry wins an award. If you select self-assembly and your entry is awarded, you will be required to disassemble the entry yourself and then assemble it again later for the exhibition in Hamburg. Entries not disassembled in time will be disposed by iF, and you will be charged a fee.

Self-assembly entries as well as motor vehicles (automobiles, buses, motorbikes etc.) must be delivered directly to the jury hall. Please label your product with your entry-ID (324-x-xxxxxx).

Dates for self-assembly:
Delivery and assembling: 8 and 9 January 2018 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Dismantling and collection: 5 and 6 February 2018 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Dates for motor vehicle:
Delivery: 22 January 2018 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Pick-up: 26 January 2018 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Delivery and pick-up address:
Schuppen 52
Australiastrasse 52 B
20457 Hamburg

Your contact on site:
Mr. Oliver Koch
Mobile: +49.(0)170.8525334

If you need additional equipment to assemble your entry (e.g. forklifts, ramps, etc.), you have to bring them or arrange for them yourself. You can rent equipment from DHL upon request. Please be sure to inform your carrier of this, since any additional charges within the scope of delivery and pickup must be borne by you. Any garbage and leftover packaging must be removed from the site.

Vehicles with internal combustion engines must be 3/4 full of fuel. The remaining space will be topped off with nitrogen, so that the vehicle's battery may remain attached during the exhibition (guidelines of the local fire department). The drive batteries of electric vehicles must be disconnected or a main switch must be installed to disconnect them from power.

Return shipment after the jury session

Discipline Product

You are responsible for picking up your entry yourself.

To ensure a smooth process, you must inform DHL TFE one day before pick up by email or phone. The entry-ID (for example 324-x-xxxxxx) is needed as the reference number for pick up. Please give all entry-IDs to the carrier, as otherwise it will be impossible for iF to identify and release the product/entry to the freight carrier.

Dates for pick up: 27 February to 31 March 2018
Pick up is possible from Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 4.00 pm

Address for collection:
DHL Trade Fairs & Events GmbH
Entry-ID: 324-x-xxxxxx / Category No.: x.xx
Ulmer Strasse 2
30880 Hannover - Laatzen

Your contact at DHL:
Mr. Oliver Koch
Phone +49.511.4756290
Email ifdesign@dhl.com

You may also contact DHL TFE directly to request a quote for returning the entry. The above pick up dates are fixed and mandatory. Products and entries that are not picked up by the end of this period will be disposed by iF and will incur a fee for disposal.

Award-winning entries
All award-winning entries will be presented in the iF design exhibition Hamburg. After the jury session, you will be informed by email the exhibition period to which the entry has been assigned.

- Temporary pick up:
You can pick up your entry, but please return it in time for your respective exhibition period.

- Fee-based storage:
Our logistics partner DHL TFE will store your entry for the interim time. The storage fee is EUR 50.00 per entry. If you choose this option, you will receive a separate invoice from DHL TFE.

  • Entries for exhibition period 1:
    Will be delivered by iF from the jury hall to the exhibition area, where they will be presented.

  • Entries for exhibition period 2 and 3:
    Will be ready for interim pick-up or storage from March 2018 onwards.

    You can choose one of the following logistic options in my iF:

If you do not select a logistics option in my iF, entries will automatically be stored at a storage fee of EUR 50.00.

After each exhibition period has ended, the exhibited entries are available for participants to pick up. You will be informed of the dates in advance so you can arrange the pick-up. If you would like entries to be returned by DHL TFE, you have to contact DHL TFE directly to request a quote. Of course you can also engage any other logistics company to pick up your entry..

Discipline Communication and Packaging

If you wish your entry to be returned, you have to tick the respective box in the online registration form. In this case, you will have to send your entry in reusable packaging and to ensure that it will be picked up by a freight carrier after the jury session.

Dates for pick up: 27 February to 31 March 2018
Collection is possible from Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 4.00 pm

Please have your entry-ID on hand when you pick up your entry!

Address for pick up:
DHL Trade Fairs & Events GmbH
Entry-ID: 324-x-xxxxxx / Category No.: x.xx
Ulmer Strasse 2
30880 Hannover - Laatzen

Your contact at DHL:
Mr. Oliver Koch
Phone +49.511.4756290
Email ifdesign@dhl.com

Fees for the return of entries
You have to pay all fees related to the return or disposal of your entry. For each entry, iF will also charge you a handling and storage fee of EUR 30.00 (plus VAT).



Early bird registration 29 June 2017  
Regular registration 29 September 2017  
Last chance registration 20 October 2017  
Submission of entries to jury 13 October to
24 November 2017 
Upload digital media
or shipment to jury
Jury session 23 to 25 January 2018

Jury results will be announced
at the beginning of February.

Awards ceremony 9 March 2018 iF design award night
at BMW Welt in Munich
Publication 9 March 2018 Publication in iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE,
iF design app, press releases
Exhibition 10 March 2018 Opening of the
iF design exhibition Hamburg Part I
from June 2018 – Exhibition Part II
from October 2018 – Exhibition Part III


Registration fees per entry

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

EUR 375

EUR 425

The registration fee includes organization and assessment process. As participant, you 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, Architecture, Interior Architecture, Professional Concept, Service Design / UX EUR 1,600

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 in the price list for each awarded entry.

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.





Entries must meet the following admission requirements:

Disciplines Product, Packaging, Communication, Interior Architecture, Architecture and Service Design / UX
Entries must be less than two years old at the time of registration. If entries are not yet implemented, they must be realized or published in 2018.

Discipline Professional Concept
Future-oriented, professional concepts and studies whose implementation is not planned or expected before 2019.

An entry comprising several components or different versions can be registered as series.

To take part, you must accept these Terms of Participation of the iF DESIGN AWARD 2018 and the general terms and conditions.


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