Record participation at the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016: The winners have been announced!
Manufacturers and designers entered a record number of around 5,200 innovations in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016. The jury was also bigger than before, with 41 experts coming together in the Ruhr area to assess each and every object live and on site over a period of several days. The jury awarded the “Red Dot” to 1,304 products. Only 79 entries were bestowed the honour of the top award, the “Red Dot: Best of the Best”; 107 won an Honourable Mention.
Independent design experts from around the globe award the distiction
According to the strict rules of Red Dot, only freelance designers, design professors and specialised journalists are traditionally appointed to the jury – but not designers employed at companies potentially participating. In 2016, Hideshi Hamaguchi, Kristiina Lassus and Raj Nandan were part of the jury. Hideshi Hamaguchi received global recognition for inventing the USB flash drive, while Kristiina Lassus is a successful product designer and owner of her own design studio. Raj Nandan is the founder and owner of Indesign Media Asia Pacific, a publishing company that publishes design and architecture-based works of high repute.
Chris Bangle and Alexander Neumeister are part of the Red Dot jury for the first time
Chris Bangle is best known for his tenure as Chief of Design for the BMW group and founded his own design studio “Chris Bangle Associates”. He was impressed by the jury session: “The huge diversity of the entrants and the sheer number of products, devices and designs that have been entered goes far beyond any other award I’ve ever seen,” says Bangle. “Almost everything had to have a deep discussion about it and it was very good to hear what my fellow jurors said.” Some of Alexander Neumeister’s best-known works are the German ICE trains, the magnetic monorail Transrapid, the Japanese Shinkansen “Nozomi 5oo“, as well as local trains and underground railways.
Winners of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016 receive extensive package of measures
The laureates use the Red Dot winner label as a marketing tool and are integrated in the international PR activities of Red Dot. Among other things, the Red Dot Design Museum Essen exhibits the award-winning products from 4 July, and the Red Dot Design Yearbook 2016/2017 also presents the award-winning products. The Red Dot Gala will take place on Monday, 4 July 2016 as well. During the glamorous awards ceremony in the Aalto-Theater in Essen, Germany, the winners of the highest distinction “Red Dot: Best of the Best” will be honoured.
The 2016 winners will be announced here on the day of the Red Dot Gala, 4 July 2016.
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