European Design Awards

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The European Design Awards, also known as the ED-Awards, are annual awards presented to European designers for outstanding work in the communication design field. The ED-Awards is a joint initiative of design magazines from across Europe and endorsed by the International Council of Design. The ED-Awards are judged by a panel of representatives (journalists and design critics) from fifteen European design magazines, while the winning submissions are featured in the ED-Awards Catalogue.


The ED-Awards is different from other design awards schemes in that the jury is not made up of designers, but of design journalists and critics – people who see and judge work for a living.[1] Further more, since the ED-Awards organisation is made up of design magazines, it provides an opportunity for everyone submitting work, to have it featured in a number of these media. A lot of stories and articles are created through the submitted work every year.[2]


Originally, the ED-Awards jury was composed exclusively of journalists from leading graphic design magazines across Europe, including Germany's Novum (Zeitschrift), UK's Eye_(magazine), and France's étapes:, among others. However, in recent years, the ED-Awards has broadened its jury composition to incorporate a more diverse range of expertise within the communication design field. This evolution reflects a strategic decision to include not only journalists but also critics, curators, academics, and content creators (always linked with the realm of communication design)[3]


There are 47 award categories, in nine groups,[4] covering branding, packaging, exhibition design, typography, digital design, illustration and self-promotion, among others. There are also three special distinctions: Agency of the year, Best of show and Jury prize.

European Design Agency of the year[edit]

The top accolade in the ED-Awards is every time, the distinction bestowed upon the most (creatively) successful studio of the continent. This title has so far been awarded to:[5]

Host cities[edit]

Each year's results are announced during a ceremony which is hosted in a different European city. So far, the European Design Awards ceremonies (and accompanying events) have been hosted by:

Related links[edit]


  1. ^ Eye Magazine
  2. ^ Pool, #21 March 2012, ISSN 0976-1659, p. 3
  3. ^ Slanted: European Design Awards 2024
  4. ^ Categories Archived December 30, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ List of European Design Agencies of the year
  6. ^ Kind kåret til årets byrå i European Design Awards
  7. ^ The Top 3 Winners of the European Design Awards 2020
  8. ^ Le duo de WePlayDesign qui remporte prix sur prix!
  9. ^ Partner in the Spotlight: International ambitions - with Verve
  10. ^ European Design Awards and Festival 2023 in Luxembourg
  11. ^ European Design Awards serão entregues no Porto em maio e as candidaturas já estão abertas
  12. ^ "Oslo and grafill chosen to host 2018 european design awards". Archived from the original on 2017-02-13. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  13. ^ Domus: European Design Festival: Warsaw is the capital of graphic design 2019
  14. ^ València será sede de los European Design Awards en 2020
  15. ^ Los European Design Awards cancelan su edición de 2020 pero prometen a València ser sede en 2021
  16. ^ Los European Design Awards 2020 se suspenden… pero todavía hay esperanza
  17. ^ European Design Festival 2022 Tallinn programme and tickets now available!
  18. ^ Luxembourg to host European Design Festival 2023
  19. ^ European Design Festival 2024 in Naples from 30 May to 2 June

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