For more than 60 years, the Red Dot Design Awards have been recognized globally as a signature of design uniqueness and excellence. The sought-after prize of the Red Dot Award went to the Small Foot after a rigorous judging process which involved thousands of applicants from all over the world.
Manufacturers and designers from 57 countries entered a record number of around 5,200 innovations from in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016. Only designs that set themselves apart considerably through their high design quality received the sought-after award “Red Dot”.
With 41 experts from around the world, all chosen according to strict rules, the Red Dot Award: Product Design guarantees a very high judging competence. 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. The degree of innovation, formal quality, functionality, and ecological compatibility are some of the criteria used to reach a decision. 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.
Automotive design legend Chris Bangle and the renowned technology designer Alexander Neumeister were 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.”
The independent expert panel assesses each entry strictly and fairly, live and onsite. Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and president of the Red Dot Award explained, “With their performances, the Red Dot winners not only demonstrated extraordinary design quality, but they also showed that design is an integral part of innovative product solutions.”
Statement by the jury
»The Revolution Model snowshoes impress with the innovative idea of being inflatable and therefore particularly compact. This makes these shoes highly flexible and uncomplicated.«
All of the award winners will be presented at a special exhibition, “Design on Stage,” for four weeks at the Red Dot Design Museum Essen before becoming part of the permanent exhibition. With about 2,000 exhibits from 45 nations, the Red Dot Design Museum Essen displays a complete collection of current product designs. In the more than 43,000-square-foot former boiler house of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Zollverein coal mine, it presents products that have won the Red Dot on five floors. Every year, the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design informs around 150,000 visitors about current trends and top achievements.