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A’ Design Award and Competition, the international organization that hands out the most prestigious design award competition, has revealed their World Design Rankings (WDR).
The United States led the 97 represented countries nabbing a whopping 584 awards (woah!), followed by China, Japan, Italy, Hong Kong, Great Britain and Turkey, who took the top positions in 2017. The top 10 changed significantly this year because the world rankings are now based on Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron awards won by designers from represented countries instead of aggregate number of awards won by each country. Nine new countries joined the competition this year – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Luxembourg, Kenya, Tanzania, Liechtenstein, Armenia, Cameroon and Swaziland.
If you visit the World Rankings “Design Business Insights” section, you can read about the awards in more detail and see which countries were named top in specific categories—like Interior Design, Architecture, and Industrial Design. These business insights provide a glimpse of the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities in a particular country, which can also be used to help policy makers determine which design sectors could use additional education or exposure.
For designer-specific details, you can also visit designerrankings.com, which provides an overall score and ranking of all designers based on the number of design awards won. You can look in 100+ creative disciplines like product design, graphic design, architecture, interior design, and even fashion design.
The Design Classifications platform, which can classify designers into specific categories, so you can find a great designer in any location, in any discipline.
To enter the 2018 A’ Design Award & Competition, register here.