14 October 2019 sees the start of a new round of the Red Dot Award: Product Design. From that date on, designers and manufacturers from around the world have the opportunity of submitting their best products to one of the most renowned design competitions in the world. The registration phase, during which they enter for the coveted distinction “Red Dot”, runs until 14 February 2020 inclusive. The high-profile seal of quality, reserved for the exclusive use of the competition winners, identifies the best products of the year and is only awarded to new objects whose good design quality convinces the jury.
Call for entries from designers and manufacturers from around the world
Entries for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020 are solicited not only from global brands and established design pundits, but also from up-and-coming designers, medium-sized and small companies. Whether the entries are from Spain, Canada, New Zeeland, China or Germany, the international jury welcomes submissions from all over the world and looks forward to seeing cultural diversity, as well as a variety of different approaches to solving everyday problems.
Participants can enter their industrially manufactured products in around 50 categories that range from “Lighting and lamps” and “Tableware” to “Urban design” or “Vehicle accessories” and “Healthcare”. As virtually every object is supplied for assessment in the original, the Red Dot Judging Hall is thus, once a year, home to a product show that is almost unrivalled in its diversity.
A jury that combines experience with expertise
The roughly 40-strong jury evaluates all submissions individually and takes time to thoroughly test their design quality. The judging process, which spans several days, benefits from the intense exchange between the experts who pool their experience from different specialist areas. The jury tests and discusses every product separately based on pre-determined evaluation criteria which include degree of innovation, functionality, formal quality and ergonomics. Only products that persuade the experts of their good design quality are given an award.
International attention for winners
The award-winning objects are introduced to a large audience in the course of several, high-profile activities. Amongst others, the winners are presented in international exhibitions, in the Red Dot Design Yearbook 2020/2021 and online on the Red Dot website. The winner label, which is reserved for exclusive use by competition winners, allows consumers to identify the year’s best products. It can be used on packaging, on websites, as well as on brochures, flyers or adverts.
Save the date – Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020
Early Bird: 14 October – 8 November 2019
Regular: 9 November 2019 – 8 January 2020
Latecomer: 9 January – 14 February 2020
Young Professionals Application Day: 4 December 2019 for 24 hours