“In search of good design and innovation” - Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016 starts!

The registration for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016 starts on 26 October 2015. Every year, the internationally renowned design competition selects the best product designs in the world. In order to participate, manufacturers and designers register their products online and submit the original product for the judging process. The Red Dot jury, composed of international experts, assesses each product according to defined criteria and only bestows awards on the best.

Global brands and established design luminaries as well as up-and-coming professionals and medium-sized businesses alike are encouraged to take part in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016. Winners use the seal of quality the award bestows on good design as a marketing and communications tool. In addition, a victory brings with it a whole package of activities such as publication in the Red Dot Design Yearbook and participation in exhibitions in the Red Dot Design Museums. The official awards ceremony is the Red Dot Gala in Essen, Germany on 4 July 2016 followed by an after-show party.

31 product categories provide space for the incredibly wide range of designs in the different industries. Depending on the subject area, Red Dot invites specialist design experts to be part of the jury. The team of around 40 assesses all products live and on site. Innovation, formal quality, functionality and ecological compatibility are just some of the criteria on which their decision is based. A winning product receives the distinction “Red Dot”, “Red Dot: Best of the Best” or “Honourable Mention”.

In 2015, the competition registered 4,928 entries from 56 nations. Only 81 products received the highest single distinction “Red Dot: Best of the Best”.

Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016 - Facts and figures

Registration periods
Early Bird: 26 October 2015 - 4 December 2015
Regular: 5 December 2015 - 26 January 2016
Latecomer: 27 January 2016 - 10 February 2016

Jury session: February 2016
Red Dot Gala: 4 July 2016