Building on eight years of continuous growth, today’s ceremony for the 2013 Successful Design Awards saw 300 luminaries of the international creative scene descend upon Shanghai’s Crea-Infinity to celebrate 120 winners redefining design in China and beyond.
The annual event rewards best-practice in contemporary design across five main categories: Fashion Design; Product and Services Design; Space Design; Transportation and Equipment; and Visual Communication. This year’s awards received more applications than ever before, with designers and companies from around the world invited to submit their recent strategies, innovations and ventures that are judged on their potential to create a positive impact on the Chinese market.
Entrants were assessed on the strategy, processes and results of their design by an international jury between them boasting decades of experience across a range of industries. Building on the precedent set by previous editions, the panel for the 2013 Successful Design Awards was truly global in character, calling on expertise from Australia, South Korea, Finland, China, Germany, Taiwan, Denmark, USA and Belgium.
Kim Francois, Chief Representative of Materialise China commented, “It became clear early on in the judging process that the caliber of this year’s participants to the Successful Design Awards has risen yet again, and I’m honored to be a part of the exceptional innovation emerging in China.”
The international panel was tasked with judging entries from 120 winners, all vying for the prestigious Diamond Award, Platinum Award, Gold Award, Most Successful Design Award and Successful Design Award in their respective categories. As with previous years, all winners are featured in the Successful Design Awards 2013 Yearbook, as well as in a dedicated online exhibition.
Since its inception in 2006, Successful Design Awards has developed a platform to celebrate innovation, and recognize the crucial role design plays in all elements of daily life from industry and commerce, right through to fashion and health. To date, some 600 participants spanning 10 fields and more than 20 nationalities have been honored with the Successful Design accolade, calling on the expertise of more than 70 internationally-renowned specialists.
As a result, the annual event has become a highlight of China’s design calendar and a corners tone of Shanghai’s annual Design Week. More importantly, it brings international recognition to the myriad creative companies who contribute to China’s burgeoning design scene through media partnerships, and cooperation with local leaders in the field of innovation.
Specifically, they are Tongji University’s College of Design and Innovation, Shanghai Industrial Design Association and Shanghai Creative Industry Center, as well as overall event organizers, CBi China Bridge.
The 2013 Successful Design Awards marks another milestone in a long legacy of innovation in China, and one that its founders seek to build upon for future editions.
Commenting on the award’s bright outlook in China and beyond, Professor Lou Yongqi, Dean of the College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, and Wang Rihua, Secretary General of the Shanghai Industrial Design Association, said, “This year’s Successful Design Awards highlights the incredible pace of innovation in China, and we’re confident of many successful years ahead, further promoting design for change on an international scale.”
Photos of the ceremony