|This article relies on references to primary sources. (May 2011)|
The Red Dot Design Award (styled "red dot design award") is an international product design prize awarded by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. There are prize categories for product design, design agencies, and design concepts. Since 1955, designers and producers can apply for the prizes with the winners being presented in an annual ceremony. Winning products are presented in the Red Dot Design Museum on the premises of the historical Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen. The Red Dot Design Award has more than 11,000 submissions from 61 countries.
The Red Dot is awarded in three different categories:
Product design / design team
The oldest of the three awards, the Red Dot Award: Product Design had been known as Design Innovationen until 2000. The competition is open to several fields of manufacturing, including, but not limited to furniture, home appliances, machines, cars and tools.
Red Dot: Design Team of the Year The Red Dot: Design Team of the Year is a non-submission award that has been awarded annually since 1991 to design teams that have had an impact on worldwide markets due to their design achievements. The prize-winners include companies such as Siemens in 1995, Apple in 2001, BMW in 2007, the Bose Design Center in 2008, and Opel in 2008 and 2010.
Since 2008, the Red Dot: Design Agency of the Year award has been given to a design agency that has had an impact on the whole branch due to their design achievements. The first Red Dot: Design Agency of the Year, Strichpunkt, received this special award, the "Stylus".
In 2005, Red Dot established the Red Dot Design Museum Singapore and also an award for design innovations and design concepts. The “Red Dot Award: Design Concept” centres on design concepts, ideas and visions. The competition focuses on young, up-and-coming creative talents, designers and design companies around the world.
Number of applicants
The number of applicants has been rising steadily. In total, the 2008 competition received more than 11,000 entries from 61 nations. In 2008, there were over 3.200 submissions from 51 countries for the product design prize (with 676 winning), over 5,800 submissions for the communication design prize (with 343 winning) and 1,900 entries from 46 countries (with 223 winning).