Jury session Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014 (f.l.t.r.: Prof. Renke He, Robin Edman, Prof. Martin Beeh)
Honouring at the Red Dot Gala: Veryday is Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2014
Exhibition "Design on Stage – Winners Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014"
Red Dot Gala in the Konzerthaus Berlin
Designers' Night at the E-Werk in Berlin
Conference "Define Game Design" with Daniel Budiman
"Best Communication Design – Red Dot Winners Selection 2014" in the Museum für Kommunikation Berlin
Awards ceremony of the Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2014
"Sweden at its best: Red Dot Award-winning design from the North"
"Excellent. Red Dot presents award-winning communication design"
"Design Experience Laboratory"
"Formosa Forms – Design trends in technology and lifestyle from Taiwan"
"Xiamen International Business of Design Week – Red Dot in China 2014"
"Every Product tells a Story – Untold matters of Red Dot award-winning Designs"
In the world of design: Prof. Dr. Peter Zec led Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden through the exhibition
PROUD Forum "Design for societal challenges"
"Red Dot Best Practice Reception" in the Red Dot Design Museum Taipei
Vernissage "Design on Stage - Winners Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2014"
Lecture by Gordon Bruce at the Red Dot Design Forum
Charity Auction 2014: "Design objects under the hammer"

12/30/14

Red Dot Award 2014: looking back on a successful year in the name of good design

In 2014, the participants and visitors of Red Dot can look back on a year full of emotions, events and successes. More than 16,500 products, projects and works from 78 countries were entered into the three competitions Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. This new record result expresses that the appreciation for excellent design is becoming increasingly important around the world. It also underlines the international acceptance and importance of the award and the Red Dot quality seal.

Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014
In order to asses this year’s product quantity and diversity in a professional manner, the jury for the Red Dot Award: Product Design was scaled up again: 40 design professionals from 25 nations evaluated the submissions. 4,815 entries from 53 countries caused excitement. Only 72 products were given the highest distinction “Red Dot: Best of the Best”. 1,120 times, the jury granted the Red Dot for high design quality and 123 Honourable Mentions for well-designed detail solutions.

All laureates were duly celebrated on 7 July 2014 at the Red Dot Gala in the Aalto-Theater in Essen, Germany, and at the Designers’ Night in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen. More than 1,200 guests from all parts of the world gathered at the glamourous awards ceremony. A special highlight was the honouring of Veryday: the innovation agency was the first Swedish company in the award’s history to become the Red Dot: Design Team of the Year. Already on 8 April 2014, during a press conference in the course of the world’s largest fair for furniture “Salone Internazionale del Mobile” in Milan, it was announced that the product designers, which were named Ergonomidesign until 2012, receive the coveted title of honour for centuries of constant design top-performance.

During the Designers’ Night, the special exhibitions “Design on Stage” and “People Driven” were opened. While the first presented the competition’s award-winning products for four weeks, “People Driven” documented the best achievements by Veryday: designs which support people in their everyday lives.

Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2014
Good products and projects need good communication design –this became apparent in the Red Dot Award: Communication Design. 7,096 submitted works, 569 Red Dot awards, 88 times Red Dot: Best of the Best and 13 Red Dot: Grands Prix – these numbers document the high quality level of the award-winning works. This was also ascertained by the 24 experts of the Red Dot jury who had discussed and evaluated in a three days lasting process all of the creative achievements from the contest’s 16 categories.

The proud winners were honoured at the awards ceremony in the spectacular atmosphere of the Konzerthaus Berlin on 24 October 2014. German agency group Scholz & Friends was in a special focus at the Red Dot Gala: They were awarded as the Red Dot: Agency of the Year 2014. Every year, the title of honour goes to an agency which convinces continuously with above-average achievements. PepsiCo achieved this as well – the food corporation was announced Red Dot: Client of the Year 2014. Since 2010, the title is awarded to companies which invest in the competence of the creative branch to a special degree and with a high success rate.

Young talents convinced with their achievements in 2014, too. Konrad Rappaport received the Red Dot: Junior Prize together with a prize money of 10,000 euro for his interactive “Next Generation Scientific Poster”. Subsequently to the awards ceremony, the guests partied at the Designers’ Night in the E-Wek until the wee hours. At the same time and place, the winners’ exhibition “Design on Stage” presented all prize-winning works of the competition.

In 2014, the German capital city was under the sign of Red Dot for three whole days. Already one day before the gala took place, the Conference “Define Game Design” was organised in the Café Moskau. More than 120 gamers, designers and marketing experts came together on 23 October in order to exchange on innovative ideas and get exciting insights in current topics of this comprehensive and steadily developing discipline. Game One icon Daniel Budiman hosted the professional event which was based on the topics of “Rules, Play and Culture”.

Moreover, on 25 October 2014, the exhibition “Best Communication Design – Red Dot Winners Selection 2014” opened. Until 18 January 2015, it presents all works which received a Red Dot: Best of the Best or Red Dot: Grand Prix in the Museum für Kommunikation Berlin. On 16 December 2014, Red Dot CEO Prof. Dr. Peter Zec granted personal insights into the exclusive studio exhibition. In the course of a guided tour under the motto “Icons of Brand Design”, he presented the latest approaches from the fields of advertising and marketing, using examples of outstanding projects from the Red Dot Award: Communication Design.

Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2014
In 2014 again, the Red Dot Award: Design Concept, which was initiated in Singapore in 2005, identified the best and most advanced design concepts and prototypes out of 4,791 entries. 22 experts addressed the works from 29 categories and 63 countries. The panel of international jurors honoured 202 concepts with the Red Dot, 40 concepts with the Red Dot: Best of the Best and 62 concepts with the Honourable Mention.

The jury had nominated three of the Red Dot: Best of the Best laureates for the Red Dot: Luminary – the highest distinction in the Red Dot Award: Design Concept. In the course of the awards ceremony in the Red Dot Design Museum Singapore on 26 September, the award was granted to the intelligent electric hybrid bicycle “The Copenhagen Wheel” by Superpedestrian Inc. This success was celebrated at the after show party with international guests from the design scene in the midst of the successful concepts and prototypes.

Red Dot exhibitions 2014
This year again, Red Dot presented award-winning designs in numerous exhibitions – in the Red Dot Design Museums as well as “on tour”:

“Sweden at its best: Red Dot Award-winning design from the North”
27 October 2013 - 2 March 2014
Red Dot Design Museum Essen

“Selected works of the Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2013“
12 November 2013 - 5 January 2014
Red Dot Design Museum Essen

“FACE:DESIGN” by Mutabor (Red Dot: Agency of the Year 2013)
18 December 2013 - 2 February 2014
Red Dot Design Museum Essen

“Excellent. Red Dot presents award-winning communication design”
31 January - 21 February 2014
Basel, Switzerland

“Design Experience Laboratory”
29 April - 8 June 2014
Red Dot Design Museum Essen

“Red Dot Award: Communication Design - Winners Selection”
15 May – 21 September 2014
Red Dot Design Museum Taipei

“Design on Stage - Winners Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014”
8 July – 3 August 2014
Red Dot Design Museum Essen

“People Driven” by Veryday (Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2014)
8 July – 3 August 2014
Red Dot Design Museum Essen

“Design Experience Exhibition”
24 July – 10 August 2014 & 5 August – 7 September 2014
Red Dot Design Museum Essen

“Formosa Forms – Design trends in technology and lifestyle from Taiwan”
1 October – 30 November 2014
Red Dot Design Museum Essen

“Design on Stage – Winners Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2014”
24 October 2014
E-Werk, Berlin, Germany

“Best Communication Design – Red Dot Winners Selection 2014”
26 October – 18 January 2015
Museum für Kommunikation Berlin, Germany

“Light & Shape: Best of Belgian Design”
28 October – 25 January 2015
Red Dot Design Museum Essen

“Xiamen International Business of Design Week – Red Dot in China 2014”
5 – 8 November 2014
Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center, Xiamen, China

“Taiwanese Design Faces”
13 November 2014 – 29 March 2015
Red Dot Design Museum Taipei

“Every Product tells a Story – Untold matters of Red Dot award-winning Designs”
28 November 2014 – 31 May 2015
HKDI Gallery, Hongkong

Events and seminars 2014

Hannelore Kraft (NRW) and Mark Rutte (NL): official visit of the Prime Ministers and press conference
15 January 2014
Red Dot Design Museum Essen

Royal flying visit: Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Prince Daniel and minister Ewa Björling visit the exhibition “Sweden at its best“
29 January 2014
Red Dot Design Museum Essen

Opening of the exhibition “Excellent. Red Dot presents award-winning communication design”
30 January 2014
Peterskirche, Basel, Switzerland

Press conference: Announcement of Verday as the Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2014
8 April 2014
“Salone Internazionale del Mobile”, Milan, Italy

PROUD-Forum “Design for societal challenges”
8 May 2014
Red Dot Design Museum Essen

“Red Dot Best Practice Reception” (seminar and vernissage)
14 May 2014
Red Dot Design Museum Taipei

Red Dot Gala, Designers‘ Night and vernissage “Design on Stage” (Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014)
7 July 2014
Aalto-Theater and Red Dot Design Museum Essen

Red Dot Gala (Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2014)
26 September 2014
Red Dot Design Museum Singapore

Red Dot Conference “Define Game Design”
23 October 2014
Café Moskau Berlin, Germany

Red Dot Gala, Designers‘ Night and Vernissage “Design on Stage” (Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2014)
24 October 2014
Konzerthaus Berlin, E-Werk Berlin, Germany

„Red Dot Winners‘ Selection 2014“
25 October 2014
Vernissage at Museum für Kommunikation Berlin, Germany

Red Dot Best Practice Seminar & Dinner
29 October 2014
Seoul, South Korea

Red Dot Design Forum
5 November 2014
Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center, Xiamen, China

Red Dot Academy
6 November 2014
Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center, Xiamen, China

Charity Auction “Design objects under the hammer“
14 December 2014
Red Dot Design Museum Essen

Guided tour with Professor Dr. Peter Zec “Icons of Brand Design”
16 December 2014
Museum für Kommunikation Berlin, Germany