Members get unlimited access to all our most
valuable content long before the masses. Exclusive access to newly released gear and tech and entrepreneur secrets delivered to your inbox monthly. All free. No BS.

9 things you need to know about the World Design Rankings And The A’ Design Award

Sailun Tires

Why are design awards important?

More than just the glitz and glamour of it all, it’s about recognizing the brilliance and hard work of artists who make their vision come to life. It’s about acknowledging that good design can inspire people and make the world a better place. It’s about giving due credit to creative ideas that can help shape the future.

Noerden Hybrid Smart Watch City Professional Hybrid Smart Watch by Yunfan Xia

You may not realize it but good design matters and it deserves heightened attention from the world- this is why the World Design Rankings and A’ Design Award are relevant. Whether you’re an artist or not, it is interesting to see how artists from different countries are making an impact in the world of art and design.

Renard GT Motorcycle by Andres Uibomäe

Here are 9 things you need to know about the World Design Rankings and the A’ Design Award:


  • What’s the World Design Rankings all about?

In a nutshell, the World Design Rankings (or WDR) ranks countries based on the number of designers that have been granted the prestigious A’ Design Award. Unofficially tagged as the “Olympics of Design,” the WDR aims to push designers around the world to represent their countries, exercise their brain muscles, and innovate ideas. The rankings give an insight on the design potentials of different countries by showcasing their creative strength and highlighting opportunities. Ultimately, it all boils down to promoting global design.

Traveling at Home Residential Apartment by Regina Kwok


  • Who ranked number one in the 2018 WDR Rankings?

The United States topped the 2018 rankings with 48 Platinum Awards. China isn’t too far behind with 45 and Japan with 43. The other countries in the top ten are Italy, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Turkey, Taiwan, Portugal and Australia. In case you were wondering, Canada is ranked number 18 among all the countries in the list. Here’s the ranking of the 100 countries included in the list:


world design rankings

YOGA 900s Convertible laptop by Lenovo (Beijing) Ltd.

  • So, what is the A’ Design Award And Competition?

As the name suggests, it’s a award given to the best of the best in the field of design. But what makes it different? It provides a fair, ethical and competitive platform for artists of all ages and backgrounds. People from all walks of life can join this competition. It recognizes the best designs and introduces them to the international public through the A’ Design Award Gala-Night and Exhibition in Italy. The A’ Design Award provides extensive and intensive publicity to the participants and winners, too. If you are proud of your work and you want to leave an impact in the world of design, joining the contes this is a good way to do it.

Metatron Armchair by Kamil Taner

  • Who can join?

Anyone and everyone! Designers, innovators and companies are invited to participate in the the A’ Design Award and Competition. The contest welcomes interested parties from different design fields, experience levels, and art forms. And don’t worry if you aren’t quite finished with your art work just yet – the A’ Design Award is open to both concept-stage and realized work from all entities in all countries in all disciplines.

The Breathing House Dynamic Facade of Sliding Terraces by Joao Silva+Paola De Francesco

  • What are the categories?

So just what kinds design categories are available? There is a long list of options! Some popular examples are Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design, Packaging Design, Graphics and Visual Communication Design, Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design, and more! If you don’t know which category you should join, there’s a Preliminary Checking Service on the website that can help you choose. You can also check out the list of categories here.

Tre Modular Concrete Tile Series by Levi Fignar – Next Ship

  • Who picks the winners?

For the 2019 competition there are 211 (Yes, bro, 211!) Jury Members tasked to judge the competition. The International Design Academy – The Grand A’ Design Award Jury Panel is composed of experts from different backgrounds, including prominent designers, press members, entrepreneurs and academics. You can be confident that each member of the jury has the right qualifications to be decision-makers in the competition.

Floh Travel Luggage by Rohan Siebel

  • Where can I see the previous winners?

In 2018, there were 1964 Winners from 99 countries in 98 different design disciplines. You can look at the winning works here. BTW, we’ll look at the pieces and come up with a list of items that a gentleman like you might be interested in – watch out for that feature coming soon!

Tofana Hotel by Lukas Rungger, Marina Gousia, Christian Rottensteiner and Lea Mittelberger

  • Aside from bragging rights, what else can the winners of the The A’ Design Award can bring home?

There are five different levels of distinction available in all design disciplines: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron.

The A’ Design Award Winners’ Kit contains a handsome-looking 3D Printed Metal A’ Design Award trophy in Black Luxury Box. More importantly, the winner gets to enjoy a comprehensive award package that includes an extensive PR campaign, certification services, gala night invitation, special website design, free space allocation in the winners’ exhibition, lifetime license to use “award winner” logo and more. With access to this kind of resources, the work of the winner get to reach a wider international audience. No paid advertisements can reach this level of prestige! The entire package is valued at 50.000,00 €.

TRIPLE O Watch by Shiyi Liang, Zixuan Zhang

  • Can I still join? When is the deadline?

Mark your calendars! The deadline for submission of entries is on February 28. If you have been thinking of ways to get recognized in your field or if you want to have the right people looking at your work, then you should definitely think of joining. Who knows? This might exactly be the break you need in your design career.  Results will be announced to the public on April 15. For more information about joining, check out the A’ Design Award And Competition website here.  Good luck!


Get the latest Swagger Scoop right in your inbox.

By checking this box, you confirm that you have read and are agreeing to our terms of use regarding the storage of the data submitted through this form.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *