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The iF Product Design Award was introduced in 1954 and is annually conferred by the iF International Forum Design. The award, which spans multiple disciplines, has more than 5,500 entries from around 59 nations every year.[1][2]


The iF Industrie Forum Design e.V.[3] launched in 1953 with a "Special Show for Well-Designed Industrial Goods" as part of the Hanover Fair industrial trade exhibition, originally to highlight German Design. They now strive to serve as a mediating arm between design and industry internationally, believing that this capacity allows them to make contributions to design services and to increase public awareness on the importance of design. In 2000-2002 they combined all relevant areas in design, some with previous award programs they had started, to become the iF Design Award. Today the contest attracts entries from more than 50 countries, in 6 disciplines spanning 70 categories. To this day, iF International Forum Design publishes annual yearbooks showcasing the winners of their design awards


The iF Industrial Forum Design is joined by other design professional organizations around the world to increase public awareness about design. Designers who are members of Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), Verband Deutscher Industrie Designer e.V.[4] (VDID), and International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) are just a few of the international community that enter the iF Product Design competition.

Disciplines and categories


  1. ^ "iF DESIGN AWARD 2017 | Jury Results". iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE. Retrieved 2017-02-04.
  2. ^ Doyle, Siobhan (2019-03-15). "iF Design Award 2019: Technology products at the forefront of winners". Institution of Engineering and Technology. Retrieved 2021-04-16.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-01-13. Retrieved 2007-01-12.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) iF Industrial Forum Design site
  4. ^ "::: VDID ::: Verband Deutscher Industrie Designer e.V. :::". Archived from the original on 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2009-07-09. VDID site

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