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All our awards for students and young designers – the HANSGROHE DESIGN PRIZE by iF, the HAIER DESIGN PRIZE by iF, and the iF STUDENT DESIGN AWARD – were combined into our new iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD.

The aim of our iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD is to put good designs by young people in the spotlight and connect future designers with business owners, established designers, and each other.

One award, four topics, two seasons: even though registration for the first season has ended, you can learn more about the next season on iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2017_02.

iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2017_01 winners

Explore all award-winning iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD entries here.



1. Bike-centered City 2030 – Shifting the traffic ecosystem

Your task: Start with a bike – design a city of tomorrow around it.

Cycling might be the answer to crowded cities, pollution and many other problems - but how can our cities become more 'bike-friendly'?

We're looking for bold products to make bike riding in the city even better, new ideas on how to change roads, traffic lights, footpaths and more. How can public transportation be adapted for bikes? How can bikes and cars become equal travel partners?

Create a future urban concept that is not only bike-friendly, but rather puts bicycles and bicyclists in the center of traffic, of planning, and of urban life.

Your concept can be one of the following:
• Product or Application
• Project
• Communication or Service

Inspiration on "the bike-first city of the future":


2. Public Value, Help & Support – Helping people help themselves

Your task: Solve a problem facing people in society.

If you have an idea to solve a problem in society, we want to see it. Does it help people in need or help groups get along better together? We're looking for creative ideas on improving society - building public value.

It doesn't matter how big your idea is: sometimes a small idea that is realistic is the best idea.

Your concept can be one of the following:
• Product or Application
• Project
• Communication or Service

Inspiration on "helping people help themselves":


3. HANSGROHE DESIGN PRIZE 2017 by iF – Future Living: Innovative Forms of Using Water in Tomorrow’s Kitchen

Your task: Create innovative solutions that redefine the use of water in the kitchen.

Water plays a central role in the kitchen where it shows the whole spectrum of its versatile applications. We are looking for clever, future-oriented and practical ideas that analyse and reframe the use of water in the kitchen and in adjacent spaces, inspired by cultural characteristics and traditions.

Your concept can be one of the following:
• Product or Application
• Project
• Communication or Service

Inspiration on "using water in the kitchen of the future":


4. HAIER DESIGN PRIZE 2017 by iF – Wonderful Home Life: Global We, Local Me

Your task: Design a locally inspired product for the home that can be marketed around the world.

We are looking for home living products that reflect your local culture - and that could be interesting for people all over the world. What local characteristics of your home might appeal to people in other regions, speaking other languages, and even living in different ways?

We are excited to see your “local goes global” product, project or service concept!

Your concept can be one of the following:
• Product or Application
• Project
• Communication or Service

Inspiration on "Glocalization":


Information in your language

Dates and fees


13 Jan 2017

Registration deadline

20 Jan 2017 – 13 Feb 2017

Jury session

End of Feb 2017

Announcement of the award winners

April 2017


iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE (Design Excellence)


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

Benefits for winners

Evaluation criteria

Innovation and Elaboration

• Degree of innovation
• Degree of elaboration
• Uniqueness


• Use value and usability
• Ergonomics
• Practicability
• Safety


• Aesthetic appeal
• Emotional appeal
• Spatial concept
• Ambience


• Human dignity
• Respect for the individual
• Fairness
• Consideration of environmental standards / carbon footprint
• Social responsibility
• Societal values


• Target group fit
• Differentiation


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 of origin.

Protection in Europe

The Trade Mark and Designs 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 Europen Union member state.


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