Emotions, events and successes: The Red Dot year 2013
Red Dot looks back on an exciting year 2013. The three competitions Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept elected the best of their fields with their expert juries. With the opening of the Red Dot Design Museum Taipei and worldwide special exhibitions as well as events, Red Dot expanded the international design network. Also in the digital world, the year 2013 was characterised by networking: With Red Dot 21, the global design directory, and the Red Dot App, new virtual rooms for the presentation of brands, products and designers were created.
At the beginning of 2013, Red Dot surprised with a new, very prominent juror for the Red Dot Award: Product Design: Datuk‘ Professor Jimmy Choo, world-famous for his outstanding shoe designs, took part in the jury session and also handed over the sought-after trophies during the awards ceremony in Essen in summer. Traditionally, the Red Dot Gala with over 1,200 guests from all over the world took place in the Aalto-Theater in Essen. This year, the honourary title Red Dot: Design Team of the Year went to the Lenovo Design & User Experience Team. Subsequently, the design scene celebrated at the Designers’ Night in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen until the wee hours. At the same time, “Design on Stage” was opened and presented the competition’s prize-winning products within a special exhibition of four weeks, before the designs became part of the permanent exhibition. For all involved a premiere: This year’s Red Dot Trophy for the laureates of the Red Dot: Best of the Best was handed over in new shape. Günter Wermekes, goldsmith and designer, provided the award with a new appearance and created an extraordinary, representative sculpture.
In 2013, the World of Design was particularly oriented towards the Far East. Already at the beginning of the year, the exhibition “German Design Standards – From Bauhaus to Globalisation” in Hong Kong sparked worldwide interest. Furthermore, numerous design experts and prospective composition professionals took part in the Red Dot Academy in Xiamen, in November, which took place in the frame of the event “Xiamen International Business of Design Week – Red Dot in China”.
With the opening of a further museum in Taipei in August, Red Dot expanded its international character. In the middle of an old tobacco factory and located in the heart of today’s Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, on 30 August the Red Dot Design Museum Taipei was opened by Professor Dr. Peter Zec, initiator and CEO of Red Dot, and numerous members of the Taiwanese design and economy community. The new place particularly fascinates with its subject exhibitions, starting with “Every product tells a story” and “Style your life”.
The location is already very much accepted as conference and event venue. On 12 November, Red Dot hosted a “Best Practice Reception“: Speakers of the design agency HXH GROUP and of the companies Asus and Just Mobile presented their good experience with the awards ceremonies and with the Red Dot label usage. Prof. Dr. Zec and Red Dot’s Head of Communications Achim Zolke introduced into the “Red Dot World”. Jury member Cheng Chung Yao explained the concept of the new Red Dot representation’s interior design which he created. The event, filled up to the last chair with 170 guests, was moderated by Joy Cheng, manager of the new Red Dot Design Museum.
The field of communication design also brought some innovations: In October, Red Dot organised a game design conference in Berlin for the first time, where experts could exchange views. At the Gala of the Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2013 in the Konzerthaus Berlin, the winners of the competition were announced and afterwards duly celebrated at the Umspannwerk Alexanderplatz. This year, the honourary title Red Dot: Agency of the Year went to the design company Mutabor. The best of international communication design are presented until 5 January 2014 in a studio exhibition in the Museum for Communication Berlin. Red Dot was also “on tour“ with the winners of the Red Dot: Communication Design, in Basel/ Switzerland. Already at the beginning of the year, prize-winning works were exhibited there.
Besides product designs and communication designs, design concepts were also handed in and evaluated, in 2013. For the awards ceremony of the Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2013, hundreds of friends of ground-breaking product studies and prototypes met in the Red Dot Design Museum Singapore. The highest distinction given at the Red Dot Award: Design Concept, the Red Dot: Luminary, went to Stacey Kenny for the kit-set hen house “Nest”.
Also the Red Dot Design Museum Essen looks back on numerous activities and events. In March, the promotion “Pay-What-You-Want” attracted many visitors, who could decide on the admission fee on their own. Furthermore, workshops for young visitors were offered, which provide the understanding of design quality suitably for children. For young and old, Swedish Red Dot awarded products were presented in the special exhibition “Sweden at its best”, which is still running until 2 March 2014. One highlight for the design audience was the charity auction for the benefit of Amnesty International, where over 130 products went under the hammer. With about 120 bidders, more than 6,000 euros came together, which the Design Zentrum NRW donated to the human rights organisation.
In the field of digital media Red Dot expanded this year in particular. An App, which provides a substantial overview of awarded products and Red Dot 21, the global directory for designers, companies and those who are professionally or privately interested in design, were established. Those who are looking for the award-winning products for their own four walls or as presents, will find something in the Red Dot Design Store. After its relaunch in 2013, the online shop presents itself more transparent and functional. Besides the changing product assortment, the current yearbooks of the competitions – with impressions of prize-winning design from all industries and genres – are available. They leave their inspirations well beyond the New Year.
For those who also want to score in 2014: The participation period for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014 is already in full swing.