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It was supposed to be the most important design event of the year, focusing on the world's best designers, agencies and manufacturers and honoring and glamorously celebrating their outstanding achievements: the iF design award night on 4 May 2020 in Berlin. However, to ensure the protection of the guests and observe pandemic restrictions, the awards ceremony had to be canceled.
This makes it all the more important to now focus once again on all the award winners for their outstanding design achievements: 3,400 participants from 56 nations sent 7,300 entries into the race. A record-breaking result in the company history of iF!
An independent panel of 78 experts from more than 20 different countries presented the coveted design label, the iF DESIGN AWARD 2020, to 1,453 designers, agencies and companies. The judges honored the achievements at the highest end with the highest award of all: 75 entries were the proud recipients of the iF gold award 2020!
A total of 7,300 entries from 56 countries were submitted to the competition in the following disciplines:
Jury Chairman Fritz Frenkler: “The iF DESIGN AWARD recorded an unprecedented increase in registrations this year. Never before had Ralph Wiegmann's team faced a greater challenge. This reflects a strong vote of confidence in the work of iF and the jury, as was displayed by both the world of industry and the creative industries with their participation. At the same time, the team of judges was impressed by the meanwhile considerable improvement in the design and workmanship quality of many of the entries submitted. This makes it necessary to recognize, highlight and evaluate the details. And this can only be done by experts who are able to judge objectively and thus award the world's most important design prize.”
All the award-winning designers, agencies, offices and companies as well as all the award-winning entries can be viewed online in the world's largest design portal, the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE – for an unlimited period of time. More than 46,000 works, all of which have received an iF award since 1954, are documented here.
This year’s iF award-winning entries have also been included in the free iF design app. The last three years of the competition are always presented in close to 20,000 animated images, videos and texts.
The iF DESIGN AWARD has been identifying outstanding design, its particular relevance for business and everyday life and awarding one of the world’s most important seals of quality every year since 1953. The iF brand is a globally recognized trademark when it comes to excellence in design. The iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most prestigious design prizes in the world. It honors design achievements in all the disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication and Service Design, Architecture and Interior Design, and Professional Concept. All the winning entries are presented in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE and published on the iF design app.
The communicative and economic promotion of important social projects and the support of young designers around the world is a matter that iF Design values very highly. During these difficult times in particular, the company feels obliged to further strengthen its commitment – and to now provide a total of EUR 150,000 in prize money each year.
>> With the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE, iF has been supporting projects and initiatives that creatively solve the social problems and challenges of our times since 2017. This year, the prize money was doubled to EUR 100,000:
>> The iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD supports young designers the world over with an annual prize money of EUR 50,000. This award for up-and-coming designer talent also receives special support through the sponsorship of Grohe, Samsung, Compal, Haier, Wonderland and the Dongguan South China Design Innovation Institute. Participation in the competition is FREE OF CHARGE for all students: