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The Red Dot Design Award is an international product design and communication 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. In 2013, the Red Dot Design Museum Taipei was opened. The Red Dot Design Award had more than 15,500 submissions from 70 countries in 2014.
The Red Dot is awarded in three different disciplines:
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, Porsche in 2012, Lenovo in 2013 and Veryday (2014).
Since 2008, the Red Dot: 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 2011 the title was passed for the first time to an agency outside of Germany, namely Beetroot Design Group from Greece. Later titles went to 601bisang from South Korea (2012), Mutabor (2013) and Scholz & Friends (both Germany).
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.