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International Design Excellence Awards 2020

International Design Excellence Awards 2020

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The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) invites designers to compete in the 40th International Designing Excellence Awards (IDEA) in 2020. Overall, the International Designing Excellence Awards is one of the oldest and most prestigious designing programs in the world. In addition to the starting aim of recognizing the exceptional achievement in industrial design, the program now also actively works to highlight design in many other related disciplines including design strategy, branding, digital interaction and so much more. Each year, thousands of innovative designers and design teams across the globe submit their entries in IDEA which makes it one of the largest and also the most widely anticipated annual awards programs in the world.


The Program divides the two categories among the Professionals and Students

  • Professional Categories: Automotive and Transporation; Branding; Children’s Products; Industrial and Commerical Products; Consumer Technology (including Entertainment); Design Strategy; Digital Interaction; Environment; Home (including Kitchen and Bath); Furniture and Lightning (including Outdoor Furnitures); Lifestyle and Accessories (formerly Personal Accessories); Medical and Health; Office and Accessories; Outdoor and Gardens; Packaging; Service Design; Social Impact Design; Sports, Leisure & Recreation
  • Student Categories: Products; Graphics and Design; Environmental Design


Generally, the IDSA International Design Excellence Awards 2020 is open to all the innovative designs and designers from all around the globe. Basically, students are eligible to submit entries only in the student’s category. But however, they can pay an extra professional entry fee and participate if they wish to participate as a professional. In addition to that, the same design will not be eligible to win the award in more than one product category (for example, an entry will not win in both Medical & Health and Home). If an entry did not win a Gold, Silver or Bronze IDEA in 2019, but still meets all the other criteria (including a two-year distribution window) then it can be eligible for resubmission for the consideration 2020.

Entry Criteria

  • The product distribution must be between March 1, 2018, and March 1, 2020. This means the product must be available for purchase, in its final form to its intended end-users, through normal sales channels during that period (except in the case of the Social Impact Design category, where products often are given as part of an aid effort or donation program).
  • The student must submit their entries to the school between March 1, 2018, and March 1, 2020.
  • Concept entries must be clearly indicated as a concept and not be scheduled for production. If the candidate is submitting an entry that is a concept, it must have been finalized or submitted to the client between March 1, 2018, and March 1, 2020.
  • Moreover, a concept can enter in any of the categories. Furthermore, a ‘Concept’ is defined here as a product, service, or project that has not been made available for purchase to the public or that has not been developed to the point of tangible production and distribution.


The winner of the International Design Excellence Awards will get significant, international publicity and exposure. In addition to our partners’ announcements of the winners, media publicize IDEA winners each year. Furthermore, it gives an opportunity to feature in the IDSA’s annual Yearbook of Design Excellence, the book features in-depth coverage of the Gold winners and a complete listing of all honorees.


The last date to submit an entry in order to compete in the International Design Excellence Awards 2020 is on the 16th of March, 2020.

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Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline16 March,2020
Open toAll
OrganizerIndustrial Designers Society of America
Contact the organizer [email protected]



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